Forest Fields Primary, Nottingham

The refurbishment of the dis-used Listed Victorian Berridge Centre bringing it back into beneficial use by integrating it with the adjacent primary school, and thus providing space for an increased number of pupil places. Demolition of various unused buildings on the site increased the area available for external play. Delivery is under the EMPA Framework.

The key challenge is to achieve contemporary standards wherever possible. The site was in use as a school during the construction works so safety and phasing of the works whilst maintaining the full operation of the school was critical to the success of the project.

The design of external play areas on such a constrained site proved to be a challenge in making the play areas both interesting and safe. On completion a letter was received from the school stating: