Imaginations run wild as castle opens at Balsall Common Primary School - The Solihull Observer

Imaginations run wild as castle opens at Balsall Common Primary School

Solihull Editorial 4th Nov, 2023   0

KNIGHTS, princesses and mythical creatures can set up home in Balsall Common’s castle.

Solihull’s deputy Mayor, Councillor Ken Meeson, cut the ribbon to officially open the adventure playground at Balsall Common Primary School.

The school’s parents and teachers association (PTA) have spent the past four years raising the funds to buy the castle for children to enjoy during their break and lunch times.

The team were given a boost by Nick Cuming and his team at Balfour Beatty VINCI, working on behalf of HS2, who gave up their time and specialist knowledge to uninstall the old equipment, and specialist removal and disposal of the existing rubber mulch, then adding new play-bark.

Mark Mitchell, Balsall Common Primary School headteacher, said: “This new castle will enable us to deliver even more play and learning opportunities for the children at our school.

“It has been wonderful to see how the whole community has pulled together to make this vision a reality. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to such a fabulous resource.”

Nick Cuming, senior stakeholder and communications manager at Balfour Beatty VINCI, said: “This was a brilliant project to work on, bringing together a team of BBV and HS2 volunteers across a number of different areas. It’s great to go back and visit the school and see for ourselves how the pupils are already enjoying their new space.”


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