Bridge Learning Campus was one of four new schools built in Bristol as part of the first phase of the government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative. It was a large ‘all-through’ school, and the landscape strategy sought to provide a unifying structure that responded to the needs of a wide spectrum of learners and offered a stimulating environment for education and play.
The project reflected an environmentally responsive approach to water management, biodiversity, energy efficiency and resource use. Landscape features included a diversity of habitats and the creation of green corridors and spaces for outdoor teaching uses; sheltered play areas and courtyards; an outdoor events space; a sensory garden as a focus for pupils with severe learning difficulties; and an integrated site-wide sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS).
The landscape formed an integral part of the school’s design, management and function. There was an emphasis on transparency, with direct and indirect views of the landscape offered at many points in and around the building, and a series of outdoor spaces and courtyards.