St John's Primary School Bath

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Diocese of Clifton & Bath & N.E Somerset Council

Over several years New Leaf Studio worked with the school’s architects to find a suitable site for the relocation of this split site school into a single building.

We prepared landscape masterplan proposals for its relocation to an existing recreation ground site. The school only needed about a third of the total site, with the remainder being redesigned and upgraded to provide enhanced public recreational facilities. The aim of the design was to integrate the school into the site, employing organic shapes to work with the steeply sloping and terraced landform.

Features included a contoured teenager cycle track; informal multi-use ball games area; equipped children's playground; all weather MUGA games pitch and grass team sports pitches all within an enhanced landscape setting for informal recreation.

This site was subsequently rejected for political and technical reasons, but we were then appointed to provide the landscape design for the site finally chosen.

New Leaf Studio were involved from project inception to completion and opening of the school. Our role was to work closely with the architects, key members of school staff and the Governors to achieve optimum site layout to make best use of the undersize site. We were then responsible for the design of all external areas, including a MuGA all weather sports pitch, layout of playgrounds for formal and informal use, creation of garden area for reception classes and integration with landscape of existing Grade II Listed church building




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