Camden’s Active Spaces nominated for New London Awards 2016

The Active Spaces scheme, which provided seven schools with innovative and bespoke play installations based on ideas raised by children and staff, has been shortlisted under the Wellbeing category for the New London Awards 2016.

NLA's annual New London Awards recognise the very best new architecture, planning and development in the capital. The Wellbeing category focuses on projects that seek to improve the users’ health and wellbeing via innovative design and technology, from active design to extra-care facilities.

Active Spaces are original, imaginative, challenging and never-before-seen structures made possible through funding from Camden Clinical Commissioning Group and Camden and Islington Public Health. Led by Proactive Camden, Camden’s strategic partnership, Active Spaces are designed to provide greater and more varied opportunities for pupils to be physically active during and outside the school day.

Helen Bruckadorfer, Headteacher of Torriano Junior School, one of the schools to develop an Active Space, said: “Camden Active Spaces has given the school and local community a unique opportunitiy to contribute to the design of an innovative outdoor learning environment. (We now have) dynamic play structures set within community gardens and facilities, which will provide opportunities for physical activity, cooking and growing.”

Active Spaces is one part of Camden’s objective to enhance the health of our young community. Another is Race to Health, which launched last weekend as an online physical activity challenge for primary school children that encourages them to participate in daily physical activity. To tie in with this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over the next five weeks Camden and Islington schools will compete to be the first school to reach the distance from London to Rio

The winners of the NLAs will be announced on Thursday 7 July.

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Find out more about the wide variety of health and physical activity schemes we offer across the borough.

Read more about the NLA nominations.