Potting Shed Build

Young people on an architecture programme helped to build a potting shed in the gardens of Temple Church in Bristol, which will be used by the local community.

Completed potting shed

In July 2021, we worked again with young people from Shape My City who were now reaching the end of their year-long architecture programme run by the Design West. During one slightly rainy weekend, we built an exciting community potting shed in the gardens of Temple Church in Bristol, with help and guidance from UWE staff and students.

The shed has been designed to reflect the shape of Temple Church itself, and will be used as a potting shed by members of the community, bringing together local people to explore and contribute to this beautiful site. We also considered the nature and biodiversity of the site in the design, and the shed is a giant insect hotel too!

To build the shed, we completed various tasks such as sawing the materials to correct size, nailing the structure itself together, and making the insect hotels that would form the outside of the shed.

Young people building insect boxes
Young people putting together shed

We hope that the shed can now be used by members of the local community to grow and plant in the gardens next to the Temple Church site. It is a relatively quiet space in the middle of a busy city, so has a lot of potential to provide a calm, beautiful space for people living and working nearby.

The weekend was the final activity of the architecture programme for the Shape My City students, where they have met regularly and participated in workshops about various aspects of architecture, including conservation architecture.

Words being painted on to the shed

This build was a collaboration between Shout Out Loud, Design West, The Landscape Institute and UWE Bristol.