SS John & Monica Playground

Our third extension for this primary school to improve their play environment

SS John & Monica Catholic Primary School
Moseley, Birmingham
Year Completed
RIBA Work Stage
  • Project Lead
  • Architect
  • Contract Administrator
After designing their Forest School, we were invited back to SS John and Monica School to make their playground more exciting by concealing the service yard and providing new toilets.


As with our other projects at the site, we have used the school’s wooded surroundingsĀ as the influence for the cladding material. Ā Western Red Cedar has been used to form a nest like fretwork which wraps around the new block. Ā The fretwork extends across the service yard, with gates concealed within the cladding, giving access to maintenance personnel when required, but ensuring children are kept out of harms way the rest of the time.Ā The washbasin area is shared and is fully visible through the glazed entrance screen. This increases passive surveillance from both teachers and other pupils, and vastly reduces the instances of bullying andĀ other unwanted behaviour.