A TRIO of Architecture and Construction Management students volunteered their time to build an architectural model of the planned Cottage by the Sea redevelopment.

The School of Architecture and Environment students responded to a call by the Queenscliff charity for willing helpers to build a small replicate of their big vision. The three volunteers — construction management graduate Abir Mahmud and second-year architecture students Kirsty Robson and Leif Canuto — spent about two weeks working on the project.

Cottage by the Sea will use the model to boost it’s chances of securing funding and planning approval to update the 80-year-old facility. According to the organisation’s annual report it has already been granted $1.5 million of federal funding, which it will dollar match to bring the project to life. Project manager David McDonald and architectural and interior designer Stephen Akehurst are contributing pro bono.