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School – Tower Hamlets

We were invited to a central London school occupying a compact site with a tarmac play area and very limited green space in a small garden.

Working closely with the Head Teacher our brief was to encourage active and imaginative play, incorporate a quieter area and add some further green space to the playground whilst keeping as much of the free play space as possible.

Our design took advantage of the corners in the playground and transformed this lost space into specific elements identified in the brief. These included a corner stage for imaginative play and trim trail to promote active play. A timber deck area with seating was enclosed with raised planter beds filled with herbs and tactile planting as a sensory area.

Further improvements included adding seating to a parents waiting area and turning a muddy patch into a usable space with lazy lawn.

The facilities available to the older children now compare favourably with the existing nursery area of the school.