Located in the beautiful town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, and surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, making the most of the outside spaces was a top priority for this Welsh school. With an area of land on the school site that was completely unused, they wanted to create a brand new picnic area. The challenge for Ysgol Dinas Bran, however, was the fact that the land was very open to the elements. But they knew that despite this, there were wide-ranging benefits of utilising this space to give their students an opportunity to enjoy being outside.
Our team was tasked with creating an attractive area, protected from the weather and usable throughout the year. To this end, a plan was drawn up to install a Maxima Umbrella™ tensile canopy system from our range of shelter solutions. With features including waterproof PVC fabric covering, and a steel shelter frame finished in our trademarked Dura-coat™, it’s a robust and sturdy option for areas exposed to the elements.
A&S Landscape offers additional options to tailor a custom canopy to the individual requirements of the client. Ysgol Dinas Bran selected from our extensive colour palette with Slate Grey (7015) steelwork and a White canopy cover. The end result is an attractive picnic area, protected from the worst of the weather and giving the students the opportunity to enjoy break times in the fresh air.
The facilities? Well, they’re super too. 47 classrooms, including science labs and specialist IT facilities as well as a sports hall, kitchen, a large communal hall and a series of well-appointed outdoor spaces and a general aesthetic that will excite everybody who sees it.
When the project contacted A&S Landscape to have some of our trademark Motiva Linear™ canopies installed as part of the build, we knew they were looking for something super. It wasn’t so much the installation of the Motiva Linear™ canopies that made the difference here, it was the tasteful and vibrant colour choices that meant these canopies added more than just a splash of colour, they provide a magical light on even the greyest of days.
The Motiva Linear™ canopies ranged in size from 4000mm x 2000mm all the way up to 11400mm x 2800mm and were finished in a gorgeous grey steelwork and Alu Tuff guttering (RAL 7000) which offset the coloured polycarbonate roofing perfectly. Using Daffodil, Foxglove, Lagoon, Mandarin and Poppy together means this roofing looks nothing short of stunning. How many times can we say super in one blog post? Probably not enough to describe the outstanding job done here at Llandysul School. It is in every sense of the word a super school and at A&S Landscape we know our Motiva Linear canopies are a big part of the reason why.
You don’t have to be building a super school to have a super canopy. By browsing through our list of projects, you are sure to find something that could make a powerful impact on the footprint of your school or college.
In combination with a well-known architect our team constructed a tensile fabric roof Tepee in Cowbridge Library High St, Cowbridge, South Glamorgan. The job involved the supply and fitting of one Maxima™ Tepee tensile waterproof fabric roof structure measuring 4.75m x 5.5m.
Given how large the courtyard was, it was decided to add not one but two Maxima umbrellas at this school in South Wales. Each umbrella stands proud at 7x7m. They are set close together to provide a huge sheltered area which is flexible for the students to use however they wish. To blend in with the modern, stylish building, the umbrellas have slate grey steelwork and boulder coloured fabric. A&S Landscape offers 40 colours of waterproof fabric, which you can view on our website.
Students are now sheltered from rain or UV rays as they walk through the large courtyard. The two new Maxima Umbrellas complement the modern, clean, crisp lines of the campus perfectly. Students and staff are proud of their school and this new addition is yet another thing for them to enjoy as they move around the site. How lucky they are to have such a fabulous school environment. Adding a cleverly designed canopy is always a great option. If you are considering something similar or would like to talk through some bespoke options, please do get in touch.
A&S Landscape is here to discuss the options if you would like to add some space to your campus. From Shade Sails, Umbrellas and Tepees, to a curved or straight polycarbonate roof canopy, A&S Landscape have a range which is sure to offer you something special. Feel free to look through our gallery, which has more than 1500 images to inspire you.
In collaboration with our building contractor client our engineers constructed a cycle store for Welsh Ambulance Hq St Asaph Business Park, St Asaph, Denbighshire. The contract included one Cyclo ‘Bike’ cycle store unit measuring 9400mm x 2100mm allowing for 10 cycle racks to accommodate 20 cycles.
Working for our building contractor client our engineers built a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for Llandudno Police Station Llandudno, Llandudno, Clwyd. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 5235mm X 5392mm for a mechanic shelter with two glazed panels to side/back elevation and including Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish. One Bike store unit measuring 10100mm x 2100mm and to allow for 5 cycle racks to accommodate 10 cycles.
Working for our building contractor client our team designed roofing to canopies for Coed Eva Primary School Teynes, Cwmbran, Monmouthshire . The contract included two straight polycarbonate (solid) roof measuring 48600mm X 3000mm.
When they contacted A&S Landscape they were looking to add a series of our Motiva Linear outdoor canopies to the outside of a new extension, part of a major plan to increase the capacity of Bodnant Community School to 420 full time pupils. We installed six, yes, six Motiva Linear canopies at sizes ranging from 6400mm x 2000mm to 8200mm x 2000mm, each of which added a small lip at the edge of the extension giving shelter from the rain and cutting out direct sunlight, in turn providing a little more temperature control to the whole building. Each canopy was finished in a smart mid blue steelwork and Alu Tuff guttering (RAL 5010) with clear polycarbonate roofing that adds to the overall aesthetics of the build.
The beauty of being one of many pieces within a larger project is that you can see how the work you do forms part of the whole picture. The work completed at Bodnant Community School in Denbighshire is ambitious and beautifully realised with a playful outdoor space that will be a joy to the 420 pupils at the school for many years to come. Whether you are looking to add a small straight polycarbonate roof canopy as an extension to your building or a larger outdoor learning area, you should take a look at our gallery of projects here for some inspiration.
Oakfield Primary School in Cardiff needed a canopy of multiple uses, from covered outdoor play to additional storage. The team at this institution – which offers children ‘a wide range of experiences which bring the curriculum to life’ – wanted to find a model which could shield pupils and items beneath it from the rain and add something special to their facilities. A&S Landscape was happy to help.
After discussing their options, Oakfield Primary School chose to have a 9900mm X 4000mm Motiva Linear™ installed. Sporting a Clear polycarbonate roof and Red steelwork, it brought a splash of colour to the outdoor space. This model is wind-safe and snow-safe, so it was ideal for offering protection from the elements. The monopitch (asymmetric) straight roof is also very versatile and meant that the shelter could be used for many purposes. A&S Landscape added glazing to the canopy on request, to prevent rain from getting inside.
The pupils love their new outdoor shelter because of its colourful and practical design. They can enjoy learning and playing outside in all weathers – as it can function as an outdoor classroom gazebo or playground canopy – and staff could use it to store items in the holidays. A&S Landscape was pleased to add this to their excellent portfolio of work with schools. Oakfield Primary School was so thrilled with the shelter that they asked the company to fit a matching product just a few months later! If you’re interested in our canopies, call us on 01743 444100 today.
A&S Landscape has added more than 37 metres of covered walkway alongside the buildings, which has created space to sit outside in all weathers as well as ensuring that you can remain dry and shaded as you move around the site. What an important addition to the outside space. Residents are not limited in how long they can be outside during warmer weather because they now have UV protection from the opal polycarbonate canopy roofing. They can even take advantage of the shelter offered during periods of wet weather. What a lovely option to have. The connection between time outdoors and positive mental health is well documented, and the residents can take advantage of their lovely outdoor space all-year-round. A wonderful solution!
If you are thinking about a similar project, take a look at our gallery which contains more than 1,000 images of projects that we have completed. It is a good place to look for some inspiration. You can always contact us directly on 01743 444100 if you would like to chat through the options, we would be glad to help.
Working alongside a well known building contractor our team produced a cyclo bike store for Wrexham Front Of House Police Station Rhosddu, Wrexham, Clwyd. The full contract involved one Cyclo cycle store unit allowing for 10 cycle racks to accommodate 20 cycles to an overall size of 8160mm x 2100mm.
Our team constructed a playground umbrella sail at Ysgol Gynradd Cae’R Nant Connah’S Quay, Deeside, Flintshire. The job involved the supply and fitting of one Maxima™ waterproof Umbrella sail measuring 6000mm X 6000mm with repairs to the arms and support.
A total of six Motiva Cantilever™ canopies were installed at the school, all with Black Grey steelwork and Opal polycarbonate roofing. A fabric Maxima Tepee™ was also added, with Dusty Grey coloured steelwork and white roofing.
The pupils of Ysgol Maes Ebbw are now spoilt for choice during their break and lunchtimes. They can play underneath the new shelters and enjoy some fresh air throughout the year. The teachers can also make use of the newly created outside space by taking their classes under a straight roof canopy or tepee. The Great British Weather will never disrupt another lesson plan again!
A&S Landscape undertakes both larger and smaller projects, helping every sized school improve their outdoor space. From playground shade sails to covered multi-use games areas, we have a huge range of versatile products. Take a look at our gallery for more information or call us today on 01743 444100.
In collaboration with a well-known architect our engineers built a tensile fabric roof Tepee in Cowbridge Library High St, Cowbridge, South Glamorgan. The job involved the supply and fitting of one Maxima™ Tepee tensile waterproof fabric roof structure measuring 4.75m x 5.5m.
What was the problem?
Somerton Primary School in Newport wanted to encourage their pupils to spend more time exercising outside during the school day. However, the weather often meant breaks had to be spent inside the classrooms, and the children weren’t able to get much fresh air. As with many other primary and secondary schools, the budget was tight and didn’t allow for a shelter or canopy. Luckily, Newport City Home’s community programme helped to fund this important and improve the facilities at the school.
What was our shade solution?
One fabric sail shade structure was manufactured and installed in an area of the playground at the school as part of a complete package. The Maxima Sail™ measured 5000mm x 5000mm, and so created plenty of covered space. The four uprights and Alu Tuff guttering were finished in a slate grey colour, which works well with the dark blue fabric. A waterproof PVC material was used so that the sail could protect the pupils from the rain as well as the sun.
What was the result?
The staff and pupils are very happy with the new playground sail shade. Playtimes can now be spent outside, no matter the weather! This has allowed the children to let off steam and refresh ahead of their next lessons, leaving them motivated to learn.
The school could also install picnic benches under the sail and use this as an outdoor dining area too. This would also make a great place for storytimes and the pupils will love the alternative learning environment. Our versatile canopies and shade sails can be used for a wide range of applications for many years, making them a cost-effective and worthwhile investment.
A little bit about the client…
Based in Newport, Wales Somerton Primary School provides a great educational experience for the local school children. The school site features a dedicated nursery building, which is a purpose-built area for three to five year olds. It’s great that these young children will also be able to benefit from the playground sail shade, receiving a great education from such an early and important age.
It’s always great when we get to work with schools who play such a big role in the local community. It was a pleasure to contribute to this fantastic area and play a part in the education of many of the children now and in the future.
Why is outside play so important to primary and secondary school children?
Spending time outdoors is a big part of our childhood and so it’s crucial that future generations also get the same experience. Outside play is also a great source of exercise and helps children develop their physical skills. By spending time playing outdoors, children are more likely to run, jump, catch, skip and move their bodies.
Playing outdoors also helps children learn and understand the natural world by experiencing it for themselves, first-hand. Learning the names for different trees, plants and species is much easier when you can explore nature and see everything yourself. This is also a great way of encouraging children to learn about our environmental issues and how we can make a difference ourselves.
Children’s imaginations are also developed and stimulated outdoors as they utilise the space around them during their playtimes. Our range of multicoloured polycarbonate roof canopies is also brilliant at creating a stimulating environment. When the sun shines through the coloured roofing, the light casts onto the ground making a beautiful effect.
How can A&S Landscape help you?
From your initial enquiry to the final sign off, we will help you through every step of the process. Our team of experts can offer you impartial advice to ensure that you get the right canopy for your needs. From our secure cycle stores to our dining area shelters, we have a product to suit every school and nursery. We know how important it is for schools to use their limited budgets carefully, so we’ll work with you to find the right design for the right price.
Have any questions? Take a look at our handy frequently asked questions page to find the answer to some of our most asked queries. Or contact us directly to discuss your plans on 01743 444100 or email us at [email protected].
There was a large area to be covered and the design wanted to be smart and modern, yet functional. With so many different canopies on the market, it was hard to decide, but the shade sail from our Maxima range was selected. The structure was made up of two square sails on six uprights. The sails were white shade cloth which gave the modern appearance that they were looking for.
The resulting space now has modern tables and benches underneath and the shade sails look fabulous. This new area, which was previously an unused space, adds seating for students to eat and drink socialise or indeed study. All protected from the sun’s UV rays to ensure students remain sun safe. These sails can be configured in any number of ways, overlapping, square or triangular sails, or indeed completely bespoke canopies.
If you are thinking about a similar project, take a look at our gallery which contains more than 1,000 images of projects that we have completed. It is a good place to look for some inspiration. You can always contact us directly if you would like to chat through the options, we would be glad to help – 01743 444100.
A&S Landscape have more than 40 years’ experience transforming outdoor areas and were only too happy to help come up with some thoughts and ideas. From linear steel and polycarbonate canopies, to fabric canopies, we had many options and in the end it was the fabric Shade Sail from our Maxima range which was selected to create a new outdoor dining canopy.
The Maxima Shade Sail structure was made up of 5 shade sails. Overall measurement was 18596mm x 3719, held on 12 posts. The canopy looks striking in its modern design and the bright white fabric brightens the whole area.
A&S Landscape have a wide range of products for you to review. All the different designs make sure that you will be able to find something to meet your needs. Review our gallery which has over 1500 images, it is a great place to get some inspiration for your project.
Our Motiva range of canopies includes both straight and curved, steel and polycarbonate canopies. These can be designed and fitted in a wide range of shapes and sizes and finished in any number of colours. The product that was chosen for Coleg Cambria was a Motiva Entro™ curved roof canopy at 3000mm x 2000mm. This included Alu Tuff aluminium gutters and downpipes to manage rainwater effectively. The steel was finished in Telegrey (RAL 7046) and the roof was clear polycarbonate.
Once the canopy was fitted the entrance to the building looked very smart indeed. Where new visitors may have missed the doorway previously, they can now see clearly where to enter the building. They now have shade and shelter from the elements as well. Overall a lovely addition to Coleg Cambria. A&S Landscape has a wide range of canopies. In our gallery, you will see more than 1,000 photos of our previously completed projects. Take a look to get some inspiration on our gallery.
Great design is the framework behind the experience of ‘it just feels right’ and you know it when you see it. A&S Landscape was approached to work on a job at Holywell Learning Campus in Flintshire. They were looking to add something with a little flair to the outdoor areas, something to give shade from the sun and protection from the rain whilst also adding something fun.
We installed two Maxima Umbrellas™, each supported on a single upright, at 6000mm x 6000mm, featuring sunny yellow steelwork and Alu Tuff guttering (RAL 1033) with white fabric. The Maxima Umbrellas instantly added to the spaces but also complement the colours found in the playground flooring and the school colours themselves. The result is outdoor fabric canopies that fit neatly in the space whilst adding a spark of imagination to the clean lines of the school. In short, it just feels right.
To get something that feels like that takes experience. It takes working with a dedicated design team who have spent years producing products that feel right in every context. To find out more about our Maxima Umbrella™, take a look at our gallery here and if you have any questions at all then get in touch with our design team.
But you don’t need to invent new space, it’s already there, it just needs delineating. Not only that but in wide outdoor spaces where the rain can fall and the sun can blast down, a place to duck and cover is really useful. Shaded areas on a sunny day can keep your students playing outside whilst offering a shelter in the rain.
When Jigsaw Playgroup at Bryn Deva Flying Start Centre contacted A&S they were looking to do just that, to add a fabric canopy structure and split up their wonderful outside space. The Maxima Waterproof Umbrella™ is supported on a single upright and looks great, the blue umbrella canopy picking out the blue that was already present in the Jigsaw Playgroup playground. The Maxima Waterproof Umbrella is a tensile canopy system that is less formal than other outdoor playground shelters and adds a little magic to the space.
Our Maxima Waterproof Umbrella™ is very popular with the 55 children aged 2-3 years at the Jigsaw Playgroup. It gives them a catalyst for play, an opportunity to zone space and somewhere to get a little shade on a sunny day so they can reap the benefits of an outdoor learning zone for longer. A supervisor at the Playgroup gave us a brilliant review and said ‘All in all we love it and have had very positive comments from parents and staff members.’ Fabric canopy structures are a great option to zone space in your playground. And something like the Maxima Waterproof Umbrella™ comes in a variety of colours too.
In combination with our trade partner we designed a curved roof canopy for Bettws Flying Start Bettws, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan. The full contract involved one Motiva™ Duo duopitch curved roof canopy measuring 7000mm X 4000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish and four post protection pads.
Our engineers made a straight polycarbonate roof canopy at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Lime Avenue, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent. The contract included the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 14847mm X 12000mm with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.
In collaboration with the specialist building contractor A&S designed a StarSail for Gabafla And Glan Ceubal School Gabalfa, Cardiff, South Glamorgan. The contract included the supply and fitting of one Maxima™ StarSail tensile waterproof fabric structure supported on a single upright measuring 5000mm X 5000mm.
Two straight roof canopies were added at the hospital site. One of the Motiva Entro shelters was mounted to the wall and measured 1675mm X 800mm. This curved roof canopy featured a classic white steelwork colour. The second canopy featured Graphite Grey steelwork and Alu Tuff guttering and measured 3250mm X 3000mm. Both shelters included Opal coloured polycarbonate roofing, which provides essential protection from UV rays.
Now the patients of Mynydd Mawr Hospital can wait outside the building sheltered from the rain, wind or sun. The canopies have been an important addition to the site and have greatly improved the existing facilities. The staff were so happy with the work, they awarded A&S Landscape five out of five stars for their work. We work with a range of sectors, including healthcare sites, garden centres and schools. Our wide range of versatile products can transform your outdoor space. Take a look at our gallery for more inspiration or call our friendly team on 01743 444100.
A&S built a canopy at Oakfield Primary School St Mellons, Cardiff, Glamorgan. The full contract involved four post protector pads to cover round posts 150mm diameter and one post protector pads to cover round post 90mm diameter.
There’s no doubting the benefits of our increased connection to each other through the internet but it is now widely thought that the sheer amount of time our children spend on screens, as opposed to outside, connecting with nature, is damaging to their health and progress. It is a shame because so much of the world outside is really very beautiful and if your view is of the rolling hills in Wales it would be a travesty to miss out. But we don’t have to. By putting as much attention on access to the world outside as we do to the world at the other side of our screens, we can generate a whole host of health benefits.
A&S Landscape was asked to install a generous outdoor shelter at Ysgol Gynradd Llanelltyd in Gwynedd, Wales to make sure that students had access to the outside all year round. Our Motiva Linear™ straight roof canopy is an antidote to the indoors. We installed two here, one at 12875mm x 2875mm and another at 14235mm x 2500mm in a smart grey steelwork (RAL 7024) with matching Alu-Tuff™ box profile guttering finished in Dura-Coat™ paintwork.
Screen time is not bad time, neither is indoor time but, in a quote attributed to mothers everywhere ‘everything in moderation’. Making sure students have as much access to the outdoors, all year round, as they do any other stimulus is vital and that can be achieved with an effective outdoor straight roof canopy like the Motiva Linear™.
Whether you are looking to add a little outdoor learning to your curriculum or else you’ve decided that some alfresco dining is the way forward, A&S Landscape has it covered. Take a look at our gallery of finished projects and if you have any questions, get in touch.
Located in the small, North Welsh town of Ruthin, Plas Meddyg Surgery wanted to add an entrance canopy, otherwise known as a door canopy, to their healthcare premises. Their intention was to allow visiting patients time outside if they needed it, regardless of whether it was raining, hailing, or even snowing! Choosing a straight roof canopy from the Motiva range, the surgery was delighted with the end result, saying that ‘it looks very professional and like it has always been there.’
The Motiva Linear™ was built to an impressive 6000mm X 2500mm, the steelwork finished in Slate Grey (RAL 7015), and the roof was built of opal polycarbonate panels. The canopy neatly frames the entrance, giving an excellent first impression, to all visiting patients, and the staff on arrival to work. With the covered space outside, both staff and patients can enjoy spending time outdoors and take in the fresh air from the surrounding Welsh countryside. Staff can step away from their desks for five minutes, and patients are able to take a minute either before or after an appointment.
A&S Landscape are experts when it comes to canopies and shelters across a wide range of settings and sectors, hospitality, commercial premises, public attractions, and have a built up a diverse range of canopy designs to suit all needs. Like at Plas Meddyg Surgery, we are committed to providing a perfect cover solution for all of our customers. Don’t just take our word for it, see what others have had to say.
What was the problem?
Ysgol Y Garnedd School, located near Bangor, wanted to create the perfect environment to learn. They knew that to achieve this, a holistic approach was required, and the children needed access to the outside spaces all year round. To do this, a high-quality cover system was needed. That’s when they brought in A&S Landscape, who would be responsible for the design, manufacture and install of multiple canopies.
What was our solution?
A total of eight canopies were added all together. Five of which had a retractable roof, whilst the remaining three were from the straight roof range. The retractable canopies all benefit from an attractive metallic roof (4040-3D), whilst the three flat roof canopies were built with opal polycarbonate roofing. The two types of shelter offer a sun shade during the summer months, and weather protection during the winter months. The retractable canopies also offer the added choice element for the outdoor area.
What product did we use?
The three straight roof canopies were all built to a Motiva Linear™ design, these all have an asymmetric roof, meaning that one side is higher than the other. They are a popular choice for covered walkways, but also offer extra protection for indoors when constructed against a building. This is due to the sun canopy cooling the area beneath by several degrees.
The remaining five were all retractable canopies, built to an overall size of 4400mm x 3538mm. Operating like a retractable, waterproof awning, but with a much sleeker and modern look, these are amazing shelters for when you don’t require a cover system all year round.
What was the result?
The result of the multiple shelter installation was fantastic. Now outdoor spaces can be used as outdoor classrooms, and the school frequently use the sheltered areas for circle time, assemblies, and as a place to eat lunch and refresh. The school are so pleased that their outdoor space can be used all year round, and their envisioned shelter solutions have become a reality.
A little bit about the client…
Ysgol Y Garnedd School, located just South of Bangor in North Wales, was a wonderful school to work with. Evidently dedicated to the needs of the pupils, they are a part of the healthy school scheme, putting the children’s health and wellbeing at top priority.
We felt inspired by their optimism, and it was a real pleasure to work with all staff members we worked with. It was fantastic to know that all canopy structures installed were made to the highest quality of materials – and so the pupils’ enjoyment of the outdoors and fresh air will be long-lasting.
What is a straight roof canopy?
A straight roof canopy is where one side of the roof is slightly higher than the other, with the lowest pitch typically available at 5 degrees. The performance characteristics of this fantastic product are second to none, and due to its flexible design – there is a huge range of bespoke options. For example, a coloured roof can be added which is great for nurseries, or if you want to make an outdoor room, the shelter can even come with side panels. And as they are so well-suited to being elevated against a wall, they even make a great door canopy!
Can I get funding for a shelter project?
There are hundreds of grant-awarding bodies that you are able to apply for. Whether you are an educational body, a not for profit, or even a small business, there are various grants available to you. For schools specifically, there are various funding bodies that offer grants for all kinds of projects, from playground canopies that allow safe play at all times of the year, to extracurricular activities, and the development of outdoor spaces to enhance education.
At A&S Landscape, we know that the hardest parts of the grant process include finding the funding body and knowing how to write the application to appeal to the trustees. That’s why we’ve created various free resources to help you, including an extensive list of grant providers, and a free ‘Writing Successful Grant Applications’ guide. Whilst we aren’t affiliated with any of the grant providers and so can’t give you more detailed information; we are sure this handy guide will come in use to finding your right funding application.
How A&S Landscape can help you?
We’ve been designing, manufacturing and installing canopies across the UK for 44 years. In that time, we have developed our business in line with the shelter UK industry, and we are now one of the leading suppliers of canopies in the UK. Whatever the purpose of a cover system, whether this is providing additional space to indoor rooms, or the need for outdoor shading solutions for the summer, we can help you find the shelter that suits your needs.
Our expertise, coupled with our exceptional customer service, means that you’re in safe hands. Since we began in 1976, we have built up an array of satisfied customers, delighted with their new shelters. Don’t just take our word for it, see what they had to say!
Get in touch to request a copy of our full, 160 page, hardback brochure with all the information you need to make the right choice.