A school on the edge of a small town

Treetops Primary is to be sited on the edge of a small town in the South of England on a large site with plenty of room for a large school playing field.  The school will be two-form entry (420 pupils) with a 56 place fte.nursery, which may be separate or linked to the school.

This is the first paragraph of the brief I wrote for a design exercise for SCABAL Open Studios on June 4th 2015 and discussed in my two previous posts, Architecture, design and embarrassment and What is a class?

In the brief I also requested that trees should be at the heart of the school as a place for children to play and that the school as a whole could address the question of openness (between classrooms/inside-outside/with the community) in a thoughtful way.

The day began at 10am.  This is a short piece of film from around 3pm of the architects assembling models, discussing the scale of the buildings and re-shaping the landscape to enhance what they’ve made.

So where did the out of town underground shopping mall come from?

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