Dowdales School in Cumbria add Covered Walkway

Dowdales School in Cumbria wanted to provide protection for their students as they moved between buildings during the day. The school identified a curved roof canopy as a cost-effective solution and contacted A&S Landscape for help.

Project Specification

  • Product: Motiva Mono™
  • Size: 21000m X 5000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • Squirrel Grey - RAL NO. 7000

  • Roof:
    • Opal

A curved roof shelter was installed at the school, measuring 21m x 5m. The Motiva Mono features subtle Squirrel Grey steelwork which works perfectly with the surrounding area. The Opal polycarbonate sheeting used on the roof blocks harmful UV rays, so the students can safely spend time outside during the summer months too.

The new covered walkway has greatly improved the student’s experience at Dowdales School. The shelter can also be used as a dining area too. With picnic tables added under the cover, the students have a choice of where to sit with their food, relieving pressure from the dining hall. They’ll also be able to spend time in the fresh air during the school day, which will benefit their wellbeing too.

How rising intake figures are impacting schools and how they can use shelters to combat this issue

As we know, the school-age population has been expanding. The number of five to ten year old pupils in primary schools increased by 446,000 (13%) within 2010 and 2016.

The Department for Education has the difficult task to create the 420,000 new school places that are required between 2016 and 2021 and there are a variety of ways that this can be completed. New schools are being constructed, free schools are being funded and existing schools are collecting capital funding to repair, improve and enlarge facilities. With budgets being overstretched, one way that schools are using this capital funding is to make the most of their outside space. Whether to build more classrooms or to add sheltered spaces which can have a number of different uses.

Want to learn more? Read the rest of our blog to see how you can use canopies to improve upon your school’s facilities.

The covered area is also being used as a social space during breaks. The students love their dedicated space outside they can use all-year-round and we’ve been told that it’s a very popular spot. Before exams, it could also be the perfect place to relax and stay calm, away from the busy classrooms and corridors.

“The students are loving the canopy. It is their new place to hang out.”

– Dowdales School

A&S Landscape has worked with many schools across the country, often returning to install multiple canopies and shelters. Take a look at our gallery for more inspiration or read about more of our recently completed projects. Our friendly team is ready to help answer any of your questions too, call us on 01743 444100.

We’ve also worked on more canopy projects in Cumbria

Newman Catholic School Add Playground Canopy to Site

We designed a straight polycarbonate roof canopy in Newman Catholic School Silverdale Road, Carlisle, Cumbria. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 68358mm X 8000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

St Marks C E School Install Polycarbonate Shelter to Play Area

A&S erected a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for St Marks C E School Natland, Kendal, Cumbria. The contract included the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 6000mm X 5000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.