Ivydale primary school presents a great opportunity from a landscape design perspective for creating valuable external play spaces next to the new school buildings.
A multi-use amphitheatre at the centre of the schools outdoor activities extends the schools passion for performance and provides a platform between the hard social courtyard and the soft informal play space beyond.
Existing trees to be retained across the site provide a mature tree network and a wild woodland garden specifically for use by forest schools which includes an education corner, nature trail and opportunities for willow craft, extend the tree network and provide additional areas for habitat.
Individual outdoor classrooms with raised growing gardens further promotes the importance of educational landscapes by demonstrating the benefits of local food production. An outdoor dining space with permanent colourful canopies provides shelter and shade and a social seating area.
The project won a 2018 London RIBA Award.
Client: London Borough of Southwark
Landscape Budget: circa £0.9 million
Status: Completed in 2017
“Really happy, we’ve seen an immediate improvement in behaviour generally around school. It’s absolutely proved to us that actually the school environment makes a huge difference to how children learn.” Helen Ingham - Headteacher