Amongst established trees and adjacent to the Junior School, this land was to become the main playground for girls aged between 7 and 12 years.
A school masterplan was developed to allocate areas of passive and active recreation, as well as outdoor teaching.
The proposals explored alternative forms of play whilst focusing on the imagination – and typical behaviour patterns – of young girls.
The final scheme, developed with teachers and parents, offers a timber stage for performance and teaching space under old protected elm trees; a green maze with colourful panels for privacy; a display of artwork; a main playground structure with crooked floors, see-through panels, a jail and a disabled ramp with an associated cluster of small cubby houses.
The design was inspired by the great Australian shed in keeping with the rustic character of the land.
Methodist Ladies College Playground