Hazelwood School

the brief

Welcome to Hazelwood School

Hazelwood School’s outdoor learning environment has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a fantastic new treehouse classroom. The pupils are always delighted to spend time in the classroom-in-the-trees. After all who wouldn’t want to go to school and have their lessons in a classroom? The treehouse scheme provides the school with a special one-of-a-kind facility that not only encourages imaginative and creative play but enables the children to learn about the great outdoors while surrounded by nature.

the design process


  • Satellite Deck Satellite Deck
  • Scramble Net Scramble Net
  • Fireman’s Pole Fireman’s Pole
  • Reading Nook Reading Nook
  • Rope Bridge Rope Bridge

the design

Lessons in the trees!

The unique classroom-in-the-trees sits approximately 3m from ground level. Inside, the treehouse is lined with pine tongue and groove cladding to give a light and airy feeling. Natural light floods in through ten windows and there is both electric lighting and heating to create an all year-round environment for the school children to enjoy.

The raised treehouse platform provides fantastic views across the sports fields and can be accessed via a staircase made from rough-hewn softwood timber treads. The deck itself is hosts several exciting play items including a fireman’s pole and climbing wall. A rope bridge links the tree house to a further tree deck with a scramble net for the children to escape down. In the summer the large double doors to the classroom-in-the-trees can be opened wide creating an indoor-outdoor environment.

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