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London School Adds Large Square Play Area Canopy

Posted on 15/08/2014

When David Livingstone Academy got in touch looking to add an outdoor playground canopy we were more than happy to help.

Project – 8m square canopy area – David Livingstone Academy

Product – Motiva Linear

Requirement – You will find people that tell you, with a poker face, that play is not as important as work. That’s because we have this strange way of looking at the world, which means that unless we can see a direct result from something we do, it is a folly, a bit of fun or entertainment.

Yet schools know that play is not only valuable as a creative exercise but also ensures that children learn how to approach work in a less direct way. Play is powerful.

However, playing outside, which offers even more benefits, from fresh air to natural light, is always at the mercy of the weather. And until Google builds us the remote control for rain clouds that we’ve been emailing them about we have to find a way around that.

So when David Livingstone Academy got in touch looking to add an outdoor playground canopy we were more than happy to help.

Solution – Installing a Motiva Linear at 8000mm x 8000mm has transformed the space. Made from galvanised and polyester powder coated steel, this covered area will last for many years and the aluminium guttering, which is so much better than plastic, will also continue to work hard for a very long time.

Result – The result is a canopy. Isn’t it? No. The result is play. Play that doesn’t have to wait for the sun to come out. Play that doesn’t have to be taken indoors at the first drop of rain. This is play that is always available, all year round and means it can become a healthy and consistent part of the curriculum.

Find Out More – To find out more about other outdoor shelters for schools, take a look at our gallery of projects here.

And if you’re interested in moving forward, in designing your own covered playground shelter, then contact our design team who will have a proposal on your desk the very next day.