Live Project

Riverside Community Primary School

Sheltering a windy hillside with locally sourced, recycled timber to create an outdoor learning environment.

Shortlisted for the RIBAJ MacEwan Award 2020.

Riverside Community School Outdoor Learning Environment. Image: Andrew Morris


This outdoor classroom was designed by Architecture students in consultation with Education Studies students and was shortlisted for the
RIBAJ MacEwan Award 2020.

Built around a central feature fire pit, the design shelters the windy hillside that has been unusable for 10 years due to the exposed position.

The scheme had to include locally sourced recycled timber; in the
end the entire structure (with the exception of a brick surround for the fire pit) was constructed of recycled materials, including 130 timber pallets. These were deconstructed, made safe of any sharp nails and treated in a wood workshop before being transported to site for construction.


Project Aims
Shelter, outdoor learning, education

Riverside Community Primary School, Plymouth, UK

Key Stage 1 & 2 Students

January 2019

In use (RIBA stage 7)

Image: Lucas Voss
Image: Lucas Voss
Image: Alan Stewart
Image: Alan Stewart
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