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Lunchtimes at King Edward VI Academy in Sheldon Heath, Birmingham were becoming so busy that the school began to outgrow their existing dining room. Staff at King Edward VI Academy recognised an urgent need for additional dining seating. To tackle the problem they decided to add some picnic benches for schools to the school playground covered by a free standing canopy to protect students from the weather.
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To add a curved roof free standing canopy to the school grounds at King Edward VI Academy in Sheldon Heath big enough to accommodate several large picnic benches for schools.
Being a mixed secondary school and sixth form, King Edward VI Academy in Sheldon Heath, Birmingham has to attend to a significant volume of students every day. Many of which descend upon the academy’s dining facilities during lunchtime frequently overwhelming the canteen.
The school decided to provide much-needed seating for students to use during lunchtime by installing a large dining canopy in their playground. But for the project to be successful staff realised that they’d need to install outdoor dining shelter solutions to their outdoor seating area to protect students from the great British weather! That’s when King Edward VI Academy approached A&S Landscape, appointing them to design, manufacture and install a free standing canopy for the school’s new outdoor dining facilities.
We installed a large free standing canopy to King Edward VI Academy’s grounds in Sheldon Heath, Birmingham. It’s one of the best canopy solutions for school dining and incorporates a large steel curved roof canopy frame painted in bright Traffic Red with an Opal polycarbonate roof. There are several advantages to this configuration; the Traffic Red canopy frame draws attention and reminds the students that they can dine outside, while being very sturdy and long-lasting. The curved roof gently directs rainfall into the internal guttering system protecting the students from splashes and the area from puddles. The Opal polycarbonate roof cover shields students from harmful UV rays while they’re dining outdoors and also diffuses bright sunlight creating a comfortable outdoor dining canopy solution suitable for covering the picnic benches for schools already installed.
We used the Motiva Duo™, a symmetric curved roof free standing canopy where both sides are identical in height (rather than one side sloping). It’s the most common option for outdoor dining shelters, playground canopies or covered walkways. And is also efficient owing to the superior materials and options for adding side infills, to enhance protection from the elements. King Edward Academy VI opted for the Motiva Duo™ without side infills creating an authentic outdoor dining experience. But it is possible to infill all sides and add heating and lighting with this model. This canopy looks good on its own or grouped with more than one Motiva Duo™ free-standing shelter.
There is a lot of research that indicates the benefits of spending time outdoors; alleviating heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and muscle tension. It can even uplift your mood. Developments in attention, memory and concentration have also been proven.
How does this effect children in school? Well, being indoors for the majority of the day is linked to increased anxiety and depression. Couple this with the call of computer games and social media at home and you can see how fundamental it is to offer children as many opportunities to be outdoors during the school day as possible.
Spending time outdoors improves Vitamin D levels (an important hormone that helps to protect against a series of diseases such as osteoporosis, depression, heart attacks and stroke). It is revealed in research that many of us do not get enough of this important vitamin, so more time outside is key to help tackle this deficiency.
With the longest break in the school day being the lunch break, a good remedy is alfresco dining. More and more schools are enhancing their outdoor areas, erecting outdoor dining spaces, with canopies, shade sails, umbrellas and even enclosed outdoor dining rooms. With climbing pupil numbers, this is a solution to the increased pressure that existing dining rooms come under as schools grow.
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The installation was King Edward Academy’s first outdoor free standing canopy, and it has proven to be very successful. It has alleviated the pressure in the school dining room and has created plenty of additional school dining seating which is adequate for solving the school’s needs. The school is also impressed with the idea that they can add to their outdoor dining facilities by adding more shelter solutions to this installation in the future if needed. Furthermore, King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy in Birmingham is delighted to see students reaping the benefits of spending more time outdoors by using the shelter throughout the day, not just during lunchtimes.
King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is a secondary school and a sixth form serving a diverse and vibrant community. The school boasts state-of-the-art facilities and a broad curriculum designed to support their vision, which is to enable students to reach their ”highest academic and personal standards”. It was a pleasure working with the staff at King Edward VI Academy and to be part of the school’s forward-thinking approach to encouraging their students to accomplish their best. We hope that the many advantages of alfresco dining will add to the school’s vision and contribute to their successful development.
A curved roof canopy is the standard configuration for free-standing canopies (canopies that don’t fix to existing buildings). With a curved roof canopy, both sides of the roof are the same height, rather than slanted (as you would see with a lean-to canopy). The curved roof is practical and provides many advantages, such as sun, wind and rain protection and looks aesthetically pleasing.
Installation lead times for shelter solutions can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and during busy times. Here at A&S Landscape, our usual lead times are eight weeks for manufacturing and quality control, after this period the lead time depends on when we can arrange a mutually agreeable installation time. However, it’s important to remember that we’re usually busier with manufacturing and installation during school holidays. The best way to determine a lead time is to call us on 01743 444100.
We design, manufacture and install a wide range of bespoke canopy solutions to schools, public spaces, hotels and restaurants and other public sector establishments which means that we know what problems you face and how to solve them efficiently. We’re a family-run business with over 44 years of experience and a solid and proven reputation for being reliable and efficiently delivering high-performance products. Just check out our customer testimonials to see for yourself. Once you’ve checked us out, the next step is to give us a call or send us an email, let us know what you’re considering for your premises and we will get back in touch to share with you how we can help you. You can contact us on 01743 444100 or at [email protected].
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