Charlton Wood Academy

A new school for a new community in North Bristol commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council and currently being built by Beard Construction.

We were brought on board early at build stage after being specified in the external works by the architects. The vision of the Head Teacher Neil Lankaster was to create excellent play opportunities in the outdoor spaces.

Just starting to take shape in the Reception play area is Beachcomber Tower, a double deck larch and chestnut den set in a large sand pit and accessed by a scramble net or wide deck steps inside.

From the top floor sand can be poured down tubes to the workbench below whilst a rope and pulley system carries buckets across to the messy kitchen, encouraging children to be inventive and creative with wet and dry materials.