treloar's student engagement
05 July 2013
fabrik support a chosen charity each year, committing an element of their profit as well as staff time to initiatives designed to raise both awareness and funds.
fabrik are currently supporting Treloar School and College’s aspirations to enhance the grounds of their new co-located site. We aim to develop a landscape masterplan which responds to their student’s specific educational needs. Over 90% of Treloar’s students are wheelchair users and one in three has little or no natural speech. Pupils attend the school and college daily, or board up to 50 weeks a year.
fabrik’s Charlie Peck, Tim Bray and Laura Mackie were involved in a series of engagement sessions to get to the heart of what students would love to see incorporated within the grounds. They explored the site with pupils to see how the external spaces are used during classes and how the landscape is experienced through sensory activities. They attended an assembly and Design and Technology class to observe how teachers and students interact, communicate and move about. The Boys Club session let them experience using a wheelchair, tackle gradients and see the landscape from a seated position. Finally, a Superhero workshop determined student’s likes and dislikes, as well as establishing their hopes and aspirations for the improved school grounds.
fabrik’s task is to respond by producing wonderfully creative ideas for key character areas to inform a sketch landscape masterplan.