The school asked us to improve the entrance to create a coherent and welcoming appearance and provide a new view connection between reception and entrance. The curved timber wall sweeps with increasing density towards the entrance, providing a coherent face and datum level across different building blocks, whilst providing spaces for whiling and casual encounter. New signage was integrated in the overall design.
Old Ford Primary School Playgrounds
Old Ford Primary School invited us to optimize the existing space and design six external spaces, with distinctly different atmospheres and play offers. The issues were as for most inner city schools - a lack of external space and therefore the need for hardworking solutions at low budget.
The scheme was implemented in 5 phases: One playground was built each summer holiday since 2008.
It creates an all-weather outdoor learning and playing space. Existing structures (boat, climbing frame) within the playground were recycled and upgraded to add more interest. An undulating landscape provides a sand and waterplay area. A market stall area provides for roleplay.
The Kasbah playground to the other side is about physical challenges and roleplay. A play structure inhabits a new fence and creates a rampart. The children can follow
routes at high or low level to inhabit, pitch their market stalls, climb high, look out, spy, chase, and find the great marble run...
Location: Tower Hamlets, London
Client: Old Ford Primary School
Cost: £500,000 (5 playgrounds plus entrance)
Status: Completed 2008-2013 (5 phases)
Structural engineer: Tall Engineers
Contractors: Collinson’s Landscaping Company
Situated at the Eastern end of the Years 3 & 4 playground, it provides a sunny backdrop to the playground activities and covertly contains the bicycle storage and bin sheds.
Structural Engineer: Tall Engineers
Contractor: Grassroots Play