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Bishop Wilson C of E Primary School

Wide shot image of the front pathways and entrance

Regeneration through 'outstanding’ community design

The vision for the community was to craft a focal point for the regeneration of Craig Croft, a suburb of Solihull. The crescent form of the facility wraps around a public space, creating a sense of place for a mixed-use development.

The Bishop Wilson Church of England School is an integral part of this community which also include a Church, medical facilities, and community services. The complexities of identity, access, and safeguarding were issues highlighted through positive stakeholder engagement resulting in real public architecture. This is celebrated by a curved colonnade of timber glulam posts, of which the entrances are through contemporary stone archways, set within a rich landscape.

The opened facility underpinned further regeneration and investment as it attracted Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardo’s, Autism West Midlands and Chelmund’s Cross Enterprise Centre.

  • RICS West Midlands Awards 2014
    Regeneration Award (Highly Commended)

...our heartfelt and sincere thanks for this amazing building where teaching and learning are now being promoted with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

I feel very honoured to have been involved as I have in this project with such wonderful architects who constantly advised, challenged and guided our thinking.

I know that the presence of the building as well as its multi-functionality will serve as a great inspiration to our community long into the future.

Jonathan Kirk Headteacher, Bishops Wilson C of E Primary School
View from the school playground
Bishop Wilson C of E Primary School