The solution that was chosen was a steel and polycarbonate canopy with a curved roof from the Motiva range. The Motiva Mono canopy measured 10m x 4m to make the best use of the available playground. The roof was Opal, allowing plenty of light through but protecting from UV rays. The posts were covered with bright purple post pads to ensure that the children were protected from any bumps at playtime and these have added a real sense of fun to the already lovely area.
The super new area has indeed added more space. The children have sand and water trays and outside toys that can be stored under the canopy all year round. Now they can even take lessons or storytime under the canopy if the weather is kind. What a super new space at St Sidwell’s C of E School.
From Shade Sails, Umbrellas and Tepees, to straight or curved roof steel canopies, A&S Landscape have a range which is sure to offer you something special. We can help you from the beginning planning stages, right through to installation. Feel free to look through our gallery, which has more than 1,000 images to inspire you.
What was the problem?
Chaddlewood Primary School in Devonshire had secured funds from a successful grant application. The teachers decided it would be a good use of the money to replace their old timber canopy which could no longer be used by the pupils. The team wanted a design which would require less maintenance and have a longer life span.
What was our solution?
One straight roof shelter was installed at the school. The Motiva Linear™ measures 7830mm X 4000mm, so plenty of covered space has been created. The roof features a colourful design made up of clear and yellow polycarbonate sheets, creating a beautiful effect. Mahogany Brown was chosen for the steelwork which works perfectly with the vibrant roofing. As standard, A&S Landscape took care of the whole project from the design and drawings to the installation.
What was the result?
Both the pupils and the staff at Chaddlewood Primary School are thrilled with the new play area shelter. The young children love the colourful pattern on the roof, especially when the sun shines through and onto the floor. Now the shelter is a very popular spot during breaks and keeps the pupils dry and cool throughout the year.
The teachers are also extremely happy with the final product. The integral guttering system means there is little maintenance required, and they know that they will be able to enjoy the shelter for many years to come.
A little bit about the client…
Chaddlewood Primary School is based in Plymouth, Devon and is located on a large site. The school offers a range of fantastic facilities, including a forest school, pond area, large playing fields and adventure playground equipment. It is clear that this is a huge focus on spending time outdoors at this school, and we are happy that our shelter will help the children do this more often.
What is a forest school?
Forest schools and outdoor learning activities are starting to grow in popularity in the UK. Typically, this is outdoor, nature-based learning through a long-term process, with regular sessions, in a natural environment. Forest school activities may include:
As an increasing number of schools incorporate outdoor education and learning, shade and shelter solutions are also being used more often. A school canopy allows teachers to plan outdoor activities without having to worry about the weather. Equipment can also be stored under the shelter, safe from the elements.
What are the benefits of a forest school?
One of the great benefits of forest schools is that they often help young people develop and learn skills they wouldn’t typically explore in a traditional classroom setting. School pupils can learn risk assessment and decision making as they explore the outdoor environment in a natural setting. Being outside also helps them learn and greater understand concepts from their curriculum, such as seasons, habitats and wildlife. Many studies have also shown the positive impact spending time outside in the fresh air has on children’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as their social skills.
What kit is needed for a forest school?
As forest schools can be held all year round, it is important to ensure the school children are prepared for a range of weather conditions and situations in the woodland environment. It’s a good idea to ask pupils to be equipped with waterproof boots or wellies, as well as waterproof jacket and trousers. Gloves and thermals are also a good addition, especially during the cooler months. Long sleeves and trousers will also protect against any insect bites and nettle stings.
How can A&S Landscape help you?
We work with schools across the country, installing a range of canopies, shade sails and cycle shelters. Our experienced team can help you to choose the right design for your needs and budget. Many of our products can be adjusted and made bespoke to your exact specifications too. We’re known for our reliability, efficiency and integrity and that’s why we have an ever-growing list of happy clients.
Why not start your project today? Talk to us on 01743 444100, or send an email to [email protected].
In combination with our building contractor client our engineers produced a system 60 canopy roofing system in Scott Medical Health College Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon. The job involved the supply and installation of a System 60 straight roof polycarbonate roofing including for all roofing bars and edge trims measuring 11100mm x 2000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.
Our engineers made a canopy at Exeter School Victoria Park Road, Exeter, Devon. The contract included dismantling canopy, disposal of roofing. Re-erect canopy to new location allowing for new posts, new roof material and reconfigured guttering.
A&S designed a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for Stoke Dameral Academy Plymouth, Devon. The contract included the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 14000mm X 4000mm and 12000mm x 2000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.
Our engineers designed two straight polycarbonate roof canopies in Marine Academy Plymouth Trevithick Road, St Budeaux, Devon. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 28000mm X 4000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish and post protection pads and one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 5500mm X 2000mm.
Visitors and members of Tiverton Constitutional Club had no shelter at the doorway to the club, so it was decided to add a smart new entrance canopy. The Motiva Linear™ straight roof shelter was added with bright white steelwork and a polycarbonate roof.
The resulting canopy will stand the test of time for the club. Having been built in powder coated steel, with Alu-Tuff™ (aluminium box profile) guttering and downpipes and a clear polycarbonate roof, the design is clean and modern. Effective management of rainwater is key, particularly with an entrance canopy. We want to protect people from the wet weather, so making sure there are no nasty drips or leaks is front of mind. With the smart new addition to the club, visitors can be sure of somewhere dry and clean to shelter. The first impression is now one of a smart club who has added a new shelter to greet their visitors!
A&S Landscape has a broad range of shade and shelter products. You can review our gallery if you would like some inspiration. It contains over a thousand pictures of our work.
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