A SOUTHAMPTON student has scooped a prestigious award thanks to an innovative invention.

George Mabey won the top gong at the Power of Aluminium Awards for his scooter which folds into a square the size of an A4 piece of paper.

The 22-year-old from Bitterne is currently studying engineering product design at London South Bank University.

The awards, hosted by the Aluminium Federation (ALFED), take place every year and allow students to come up with innovative uses of the metal.

The ceremony was held in the Houses of Parliament, where George collected a trophy and £1,000.

His scooter works by linking parts of aluminium with a cable, which when tightened pulls them together into a structure that can support the weight of an adult.

George said: “I was amazed at winning such a brilliant competition, which I was proud to take part in as part of my final project at London South Bank University. Having my work acknowledged at the awards ceremony and recognised by the industry is the icing on the cake and a great way to finish my time at university.”

ALFED president Simon MacVicker said: “This year’s awards have really demonstrated the immense talent that exists out there among our young people, who in many cases are working close to professional design standards – the creativity is outstanding.”

Fellow product design student Benjamin Hunt was runner-up with his “busking stand” guitar amp.