25th July 2000

 

SCHOOL KIDS TO REDESIGN THEIR OWN PLAYGROUNDS

 

Experts from the Hull School of Architecture have been helping children from Bransholme to redesign their schools’ playgrounds.

 

Bridget Hansford and Gary Hornsby have been taking time out from their work at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside to take part in Children’s University projects at Highlands Primary and Biggin Hill Primary Schools.

 

Sessions organised by Kingston-upon-Hull City Council enabled year five pupils to look at ways of improving the environment of their school grounds and encouraged them to understand the problems and opportunities the grounds offer for education and play.

 

“The children took these ideas away and developed sketch designs,” explained lecturer Bridget Hansford, who was asked, along with her colleague, to provide guidance on the pupils’ design work.

 

“After visits in June and July we hope to be going back in September to develop the designs further and to implement the projects.

 

“The sessions were excellent and the children really enjoyed working with their mentors on their projects. Some of the grounds at their schools are vandalised and dilapidated and the children really wanted to create new places where they can play and learn.”

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk