Bespoke Canopies at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community
Located on the Hotmill Plateau at Ebbw Vale the two storey school comprises a 420…
“The design and the installation that we got is fantastic quality and the school are really pleased with the canopy.”
Business Manager, Wolverley CE School
“With A&S it has been a smooth process including working with the team on site. We’re happy to work with A&S again.”
Site Manager, Willmott Dixon
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend A&S Landscape. They’ve been marvellous, they really are first class.”
Site Manager, Poynton High School
The Ebbw Fawr Learning Community is a unique school, comprising of a primary school, special needs school, and a children’s centre. The school was built from the ground up to give all the students everything they need. That’s why they came to us, looking to create canopies and shelter for the pupils so they could use the grounds in all weathers. They used bespoke canopies on the grounds to give the children just what they needed. These canopies fulfil multiple different roles. Firstly, they offer cover so they can play in the rain, so no more wet play breaks stuck indoors which makes things better for all students. Plus, they make it easier for them to move around the campus in wet weather too. The school loves the new canopies, as they’ve made the playground truly useable throughout the year. To learn more about the bespoke canopy at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, click here.
Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic Primary School needed cover at their school, as they were looking for ways to get out of the classroom and teach in different settings. Having the outdoor space, they wanted to teach outdoors but the great British weather often wouldn’t let them. They needed a canopy that would cover the space, so they could go outside in all weathers. They talked to us and chose a Motiva Linear canopy to cover their outdoor playground. These bespoke canopies were created to fit the school totally, allowing for a recess that houses the school entrance. This resulted in a totally covered space that pupils can use and learn in, whatever the weather. It’s been a hit with pupils, and teachers love having more flexibility. If you want to know more about the straight roof canopy at Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic Primary School, then click here.
Ashmount School was built as a brand-new special school, giving their students all kinds of new features that make it the perfect place to learn. This includes a sensory room, a hydrotherapy room, and more. Everything was designed to make it the best place to learn. That included the outdoor spaces, and that’s where we came in. We helped the school design multiple Motiva Linear canopies, to cover important areas of the school. This includes eight bespoke canopies around the building, covering entrances and doors to classrooms, so students can always stay dry in wet weather. You’ll also see that they included a large entrance canopy too, creating an impressive entrance to the school. These canopies have offered amazing looking covers around the school, as well as protecting students against the rain, making them a huge hit overall. To see more about the bespoke linear canopies at Ashmount School, click here.
Brent Knoll School in London has been designed with the needs of their students in mind. As they cater to students with autism, they know that they need slightly different premises in order to get the most out of their education. That includes outdoor spaces too, and they knew they needed some canopies in order to create the perfect playground. They talked to us to get what they needed. They decided to install seven Maxima Sails to the area, creating lots of space where students can play and socialise, being protected from the sun even on the hottest days. These turquoise sails add so much to a school that has already been shortlisted for architectural awards. Having the sails in place means the playground is the place to be, even when the weather is hot. With some shade, all the pupils can enjoy it. To see more of the bespoke shade sails at Brent Knoll School, click here.
Located on the Hotmill Plateau at Ebbw Vale, Ebbw Fawr Learning Community caters for children right through their educational journey. The two-storey school has state of the art facilities, including a hydrotherapy pool, specialist teaching rooms and a sports hall. The school had undergone a major landscaping scheme, and as part of the wider refurbishment, there was a requirement to design, manufacture and install bespoke, custom shape canopies.
Working with international architect BDP, A&S Landscape was tasked with taking on the canopy project. Developing the correct design to fit with the existing scheme was just one of the important elements of the project. The shelter had to be of superb quality, offering weather protection that was second to none. This was due to their exposed location, where high winds, storms and even snow were frequent in the winter months.
A&S Landscape set out to meet the specific requirements of the school. To do this, the shelter would need bespoke specifications. With the school’s guidance and the architect’s expertise, the final design was based upon the straight roof canopy, the Motiva Linear™. To give the overall structure high-impact strength, the cladding material of the steel panel framework was galvanised. Along with the polycarbonate roof, there is no better combination to achieve long-lasting durability.
The canopy was further specialised to allow for a swift installation process. The full design responsibility was down to A&S Landscape, however, there was some design liaison with an accredited contractor to incorporate stub feet to the uprights. The concrete pads add an extra resistance layer to the strength of the structure but also contributed to the easy finishing of surfaces. The structure did not falter in terms of appearance either. The school opted for stylish opal roof panels, which allows for light transmission below, yet are highly effective in filtering out harmful UV rays. In terms of health and safety, the canopy helps to bring peace of mind to teachers and parents alike.
Right from the initial design brief, we knew the resulting shelter would not be one of our standard structures. The response to the new canopy was no ordinary one either! The staff and students were thrilled with their new shelter system, and all the outdoor activities they can now achieve thanks to the installation. It is now considered one of the more important areas at school. Not only did it elude to many practical benefits, but the shelter was also built to fit seamlessly with the existing colour of the adjoining buildings. The custom shape canopy and its structural detail really add to the aesthetics of the school, making it a large part of the landscaping scheme in its own right.
The shelter has already proved its durability and functionality, having been subject to a number of storms. The large area sections of steel and the polycarbonate sheets are the ideal materials for holding and maintaining strength therefore, the shelter is still very much firmly in place. We placed the uprights at the appropriate centres too, this is yet another layer of added protection from the frequent high winds. This truly is a bespoke canopy that offers unique protection, one that will maintain the extra resistance needed from the weather and will serve the school for years to come.
Ebbw Fawr Learning Community is exactly what you would expect, it is a learning community. It is an all-through school, that caters for children from nursery age, right through primary school, to secondary education, and finally through college years. As well as this, it incorporates both a special needs school and an integrated children’s centre. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the school, other contractors and organisations on the creation of a completely bespoke canopy. The results were fantastic, and we are pleased that we were able to deliver to their expectations and standards.
The Motiva Linear™ is our straight roof variant shelter. The canopy adheres to standard design principles, such as the monopitch roof. This means that the roof panels are elevated one side higher than the other, creating an asymmetric shape. They are the standard configuration for shelters that are attached to a building. Due to their modular design, they make perfect covered walkways that can stretch to large lengths along the side of buildings. However, they can be tailored to your specific needs due to their design flexibility, as they were at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community. Whether you are looking for a custom shape canopy, added resistance for maximum protection, or added side panels, we can help you find your custom solution.
Our straight roof canopies are not the only shelters that have the option to be bespoke. You are also able to customise shelters with curved roofs. If you’d like to talk to us about your unique solution, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01743 444100, or you can download our bespoke brochure to see more design options.
At A&S Landscape, we have a total company commitment to providing an honest, integral and reliable service to each and every one of our customers. We started out in 1976, and we continue to operate as a family-led firm, aligning our current core values to those set out 44 years ago. Since then, we have developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the canopy industry, and it is our complete service, from design to install, that makes us a popular choice for schools, colleges and other educational facilities across the UK.
Whether you have specific requirements for what you want to achieve or just a general idea that needs some help being turned into a reality, we can help you transform your outside space with one of our amazing looking covers. From large scale developments to the creation of an impressive entrance, to fancy canopies with a whole glass frontage, we can help you with friendly, personal and dependable advice.
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