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Playground Sail Shade at Locharbriggs Primary School in Dumfries

Posted on 08/06/2020

Locharbriggs Primary School Canopy
Locharbriggs Primary School have a fantastic playground which the children love to use during their breaks. Unfortunately, the weather often meant the pupils had to stay inside during the day as it would be too cold, windy or wet. The school looked for a solution which would be robust to withstand the elements, but also fit in with the surrounding environment.

What was the project?

To design, manufacture and install a fabric playground sail shade at Locharbriggs Primary School in Dumfries.

Which fabric canopy did we use?

The school decided to use our Maxima StarSail™, one of our favourite stylish fabric designs. This canopy combines elements of a shade sail with an umbrella, to create a stunning effect. The singular centre post maximises the amount of covered space made and is safer for young children too. We also added a post pad to the upright for an extra layer of protection.

What was the problem?

Locharbriggs Primary School is located in the outskirts of Dumfries, Scotland and so they can experience extreme weather conditions. From strong winds to cold rain, the elements often meant the pupils had to remain in their classrooms during their playtimes. The teachers wanted to get better use out of the playground and to encourage the pupils to get outside in the fresh air. A&S Landscape was asked to design a shelter which would last for many years and seem appealing to the young pupils.

What was our solution?

One Maxima StarSail™ was installed outside one of the classrooms, in the playground. The canopy measures 4000mm x 4000mm, so it doesn’t take up too much of the play area but still provides plenty of covered space. The sail was made with a waterproof PVC material so the shelter could be used during the wetter months of the year too.

The school worked with our design team and choose a cheerful lemon coloured fabric for the StarSail, which contrasts perfectly with the white steelwork. The post pad was made with a yellow material to match the canopy too.

What was the result?

Everyone at the school is thrilled with the colourful play area shade sail! The pupils enjoy playing underneath the cover and it helps to keep them protected from the elements. The teachers are happy that the play area can be used more frequently, and that the children can get outside to burn off some steam. The school was so impressed with the project that they awarded A&S Landscape five stars for their work.

A little bit about the client…

Locharbriggs Primary School opened back in 1954 and has been educating the young children of Dumfries ever since. The school now features a nursery centre, which gives the youngest pupils the best start to their educational journey. With a small school roll of 137, there is a strong community atmosphere which we loved experiencing.

Although this local school is small, the education each pupil gets is fantastic and it plays an important role in the area. Our team enjoyed working for this great school, knowing that the canopy we installed will benefit many children for years to come.

How can I raise funds for my school?

We know that many schools are facing tight budgets and it can be a challenge to find the funds to make improvements to the site. However, we’ve found some great ways that schools, parents and community members can help to raise money.

Social Media

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great places to communicate with the local community and those involved with the school. Many of these platforms now have donation features built into the website, so it’s easier than ever to donate to the school. It’s simple and straightforward to set up a social media account, you can also share updates on projects which have been funded by your followers too.

Online Donation Websites

If you want to reach a wider audience than your social media followers, you could collect funds through online donation websites. Here you could tell everyone what you will use the money for and keep everyone updated on the progress of the project with videos and images. Your students could also monitor these websites to how the fundraising is progressing.

School Grants

There a number of organisations who provide funds in the form of grants to schools in the UK. This funding could be for a particular project or to make general improvements to the school. We publish a monthly grant guide which contains information on over 75 providers and can be downloaded for free. And to help you to obtain a grant, you can download a copy of ‘Writing Successful Grant Applications’ guide too.

How can A&S Landscape help you?

Our expert team will work with you to find a design which meets your requirements and your budget. We will help you to choose the right product for your needs and make the whole process as simple as possible. With over 40 years of experience, you put your trust in us and know you’ll get the best end result. We’ve also created a frequently asked questions page all about the timings of our projects, to help you understand how we work too.

We’ve worked with a range of schools, colleges and businesses to help them use their outdoor space more regularly. It’s the great feedback we get that drives us to continue our hard work, we would love to add you to our ever-growing list of clients.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your options. Call us on 01743 444100, or send email to [email protected].