This communal area between school buildings came to Nicholsons with a multi use brief. The design needed to provide outdoor performance areas, seating for staff and pupils, easy circulation between classrooms and low maintenance robust design. We worked with the staff and pupils and arrived at a deceptively simple scheme which allows the free circulation, flexible space and focus on social relaxation that was required. The benches were specially commissioned to wrap round a circular social hub with walkways flowing between the main entry and exit points. The space remains flexible for performances and for larger gatherings with space for a marquee when required.