Umbrella canopy we designed for Locharbriggs Primary School

Locharbriggs Primary School in Dumfries Add Yellow Canopy

The pupils of Locharbriggs Primary School love their new playground shelter, and it became an instant hit with the children. Now the play area space can be used during breaks, even if it is raining, windy or too sunny.

Project Specification

  • Product: Maxima StarSail™
  • Size: 4000mm x 4000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • White - RAL NO. 9010

  • Roofing:
    • Lemon

What was the project brief?

Locharbriggs Primary School in Dumfries is a small site which values the education of every pupil. The teachers wanted to further improve the outside play area facilities by adding a shelter. This would then protect the children from the elements and allow them to play outside more regularly. The design team at A&S Landscape worked hard to create a canopy which would meet all of the school’s requirements and make a difference to the local pupil’s school day.

What was our sturdy shelter solution?

We opted for our Maxima StarSail™ canopy, which features a fabric roof and a single central post. This sail measures 4000mm x 4000mm, which was the perfect fit for the playground at the school. Thanks to the single post design, this shelter creates more useable space and is also safer for the younger pupils.

To help the canopy fit into its surroundings, the school choose to use a lovely lemon coloured fabric for the sail. And to match, a post pad was fitted in a yellow colour too. This contrasts well with the white steelwork on the upright, creating a beautiful statement in the play area.

What was the result of their new canopy?

The pupils of Locharbriggs Primary School love their new playground shelter, and it became an instant hit with the children. Now the play area space can be used during breaks, even if it is raining, windy or too sunny. This has encouraged the children to let off steam, so they are refreshed and ready for their next lessons.

The teachers are also overjoyed with the design of the canopy and the improvements it has made to the school already. Play equipment can be stored until the shelter too, saving valuable space inside the buildings. And at the end of the school day, the parents and carers can wait under the canopy if they want to shelter from the elements.

How outdoor classrooms can be used to create more space at schools and how they benefit children?

Schools increasingly need to acquire additional space to teach pupils either as a class or in smaller focus groups. Rather than looking inside, there is usually unused space outside a school.

Outdoor classrooms can not only produce space but also an inspiring learning environment for children and teachers alike. This change of scene can incite greater concentration and restore enthusiasm in a subject matter. Even the biggest of outdoors spaces must be supplied with some necessities if they are to be used for outdoor classrooms.

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About the client

Located in the outskirts of Dumfries, Locharbriggs Primary School is a small, local school which was founded in 1954. Because it has an intake of just 137 pupils, there is a strong community atmosphere and every member of staff is dedicated to providing a great education for each and every child.

Although this wasn’t a locally based project, we thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at this primary school. We could tell how excited they were about this project and it was a joy to see the finished canopy in the playground.

How can schools use canopies and shelters?

Our range of versatile school canopies has been designed so that they suit a range of applications. When you install a shelter from A&S Landscape, you know you’ll be getting a product you can use for many years, in many different ways.

Playground Shade

Maxima Parasol CanopyOne popular way what our canopies are used is to create an area of shade and shelter in a playground. This makes the space more accessible throughout the year, as many of our designs can protect from rain, wind and sun. A play area shelter will also help your pupils spend more time outside in the fresh air, which has many physical and mental benefits.

Green Maxima Plaza CanopyOutside Dining Area Shelter

Another great use for our canopies is to create an outdoor dining space. This gives your students the option to dine alfresco every day, benefiting from the many positive impacts of eating outdoors. It’s also effective at reducing congestion and traffic often seen by inside dining spaces. Many schools choose to install a dining canopy as an alternative to building an extension to the hall, which would be very costly.

Covered MUGA we installed at Haileybury CollegeCovered Multi-Use Games Areas

We’ve installed many Covered MUGAs at schools and colleges across the UK. The shelter means the playing area can be used throughout the year, come rain or shine. This allows sports teams to regularly train and play together and gives the students a space to exercise on the campus. Many schools also rent out of school hours, providing an additional source of income.

Why choose A&S Landscape for your project?

We’ve worked with many primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges across the country. Our team will work hard to find the right canopy design for your needs and your budget. When it comes to the design, manufacture and installation of school shelters, we are the experts.

We have a wide range of shelters, shade sails and cycle stores which can be made to your exact specification. We’re proud of all of the projects we have completed so far, and we would love to add yours to our ever-growing list. Over the past 44 years, we have built a reputation for our integrity, reliability and efficiency, which is demonstrated by our brilliant client testimonials.

Get in touch with us today to start your next canopy project. Send us your requirements to [email protected], or call 01743 444100.

Read about some of the other canopy projects we have completed in Scotland

Tarbert Academy Add Fabric Sail Shade Shelter to Play Area

Working with a specialist firm of architects our engineers created a sail structure for Tarbert Academy Tarbert, Argyll and Bute. The contract included one 6000mm x 5000mm Maxima™ tensile shade cloth fabric sail comprising of one rectangle sail on four uprights including for all stainless steel fixtures and fittings.

Galashiels Academy Add Sail Shade to Campus

Working for our building contractor client our engineers designed a shade sail structure for Galashiels Academy Elm Row, Galashiels, Selkirkshire. The full contract involved one 4000mm x 4000mm Maxima™ tensile shade cloth fabric sail structure comprising of one square sail on four uprights including for all stainless steel fixtures and fittings.

Wick Joint Campus Install Fabric Shade Sail to Create Sheltered Space

In collaboration with a leading builder A&S constructed a sail structure for Wick Joint Campus Wick, Cathness, Scotland. The contract included one 6000mm X 6000mm Maxima™ tensile shade cloth fabric sail structure comprising one triangle sails on three uprights including for all stainless steel fixtures and fittings.