Designers push importance of top-quality school grounds

Insite Environments champions quality design in play space at national education conference

Representatives from a North East landscape architecture practice have urged school grounds professionals to implement good design to create positive learning experiences for children. James Brewer (pictured), director of Newcastle-based Insite Environments, and senior landscape architect Jon Eachus championed good design when they spoke at the Learning Through Landscapes national conference, held at the Beeches Management Centre in Birmingham last week. Education is a core area of expertise for Insite. It formed part of Focus Education, a project that rebuilt six schools in Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked with the Sunderland local education authority to develop its Building for Schools of the Future programme. Brewer said: “Education plays such a fundamental part of our lives yet we often take it for granted. High-quality, well-designed school grounds can extend teaching and learning opportunities in inspiring environments for pupils and staff.”

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