Donald Insall Architects have been running workshops with schools local to Moseley Road Baths to explore their many fantastical ideas for spaces at Moseley Road Baths and Balsall Heath Library.
Year 9 girls from Queensbridge Secondary School in Moseley recently worked with Donald Insall Architects and Red Bear Landscape to design plans for the land at the back of Moseley Road Baths. The space will become a community garden and growing space by the end of decade. They took a tour of part of the building, explored design principles based on ‘Make Space for Girls’ and were invited to create their own creative, imaginative designs. As well as encouraging the students to choose Design and Technology for a GCSE option, their work will influence the longer term design plans.
‘It was fantastic to have the experts involved in the workshop. I left feeling inspired for future landscape architecture projects. I know that some of our girls are now actively considering a career in Design.’ Osier Fletchman, Head of Design and Technology at Queensbridge School
Two Year 4 classes at Park Hill Primary School in Moseley visited Balsall Heath Library to create 3D junk models of places where they would like to read. The school are part of an initiative ‘Drop Everything and Read’, to encourage reading as something that can be done anywhere and anytime. There was a really broad range of ideas, including treehouses, nests and food themed reading spaces.
‘The trip to the library was very nice. I hope that the architect will take some of the ideas that the children did and it was good that we learnt a lot about architecture.’ Year 4 pupil, Park Hill Primary School
They are now embarking on a two week long persuasive writing assignment focusing on the value of public libraries. This will be on display in the library until the capital works begin.