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Lime Tree Primary School in Surrey Add Covered Walkway

  • Size: 43500mm x 3000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • Slate Grey - RAL NO. 7015

  • Roof:
    • Opal

Motiva Linear™

The school now has a fantastic way for teachers and pupils alike to walk to lessons in all weathers, with a steel canopy that they all love. As well as a covered walkway, the shelter could be used as a playground canopy.

What was the project brief?

Lime Tree Primary School in Merstham, Surrey wanted to install an adjoining canopy next to their existing building in order to shelter pupils walking between classrooms via the outdoors. They needed a model that would complement the modern exterior, provide maximum coverage and be robust enough to withstand the elements.

The school contacted A&S Landscape, who was ready to tackle the issue and recommend some great solutions involving shelters and canopies.

What was our solution?

Straight roof canopy we designed for Lime Tree SchoolAfter discussing various options, the school decided that the Motiva Linear™ was the best choice for them, due to the fact that it would offer protection from all kinds of weather. It also fitted the brief of matching their architecture with its sleek design. This particular model was built to a specification of 3 metres wide and more than 40 metres long, covering an extended area running down the side of the building and shielding multiple entrances.

The Opal polycarbonate and Slate Grey steelwork that Lime Tree Primary School picked out for their particular canopy looked modern, and the straight roof with one side higher than the other was just right for the application of a covered walkway. It even had a Dura-coat™ finish on the framework, so staff could be sure of its strength and durability.

The benefits and importance on outdoor play on children

Fitness is damagingly impacted by not getting enough exercise, leading to increasing numbers of obesity in children and adolescents. Children are not playing outside as much as they used to, limiting their exposure to sunlight and thus the formation of Vitamin D which helps to combat infection and keeps skin healthy. Sunlight also helps to manage the creation of melatonin which regulates sleep. Smartphones emit damaging blue light, which can cause headaches and eye strain. Blue light in the evenings can even restrain the development of melatonin, which in turn can make going to sleep very tough for some children.

So what is the answer to this slippery slope that we find ourselves on… More time outside!

Find out how schools can help their children spend more time outdoors over on our blog.

What was the result of their covered walkway?

The school now has a fantastic way for teachers and pupils alike to walk to lessons in all weathers, with a steel canopy that they all love. As well as a covered walkway, the shelter could be used as a playground canopy. This would offer extra space for children to spend time with friends and games while reaping the benefits of being outside in the fresh air. It could even offer shelter for parents braving the rain to pick up pupils at the end of the school day! A&S Landscape was happy to hear that this client would reap the rewards of their model for years to come.

About the client

Lime Tree Primary School is a school located in Merstham, Surrey. The famous North Downs Way runs along the northern boundary of the town, a 156 mile, long-distance footpath including the chalk ridge of the North Downs and stunning countryside. As well as beauty spots, Surrey is well-known for its gardening shows and festivals.

The community and staff of Lime Tree Primary School embody the values of cooperation, courage, resilience and responsibility, and integrate them into their daily life. They believe that ‘it’s not just what you learn but how you learn; children need to become learners for life to reach their full potential’. We thoroughly enjoyed working with this conscientious institution to help them improve their pupils’ daily school experience.

What types of canopies can benefit schools?

Curved roof playground shelter we made for Covingham Park Primary SchoolSchools can benefit from many different kinds of shelter solutions, as they are a fantastic way of creating more covered space around buildings and in school grounds. With increasing pupil populations and stretched budgets becoming common problems, they can be used to improve and expand facilities by creating additional teaching, play and dining areas, plus much more.

Playground canopies can help to encourage pupils to spend more time outdoors, no matter the weather, which is especially important for young children with their eagerness to explore and need for space. They also come in a wide range of colours and designs that inspire creativity and bring something bright to rainy days. Dining shelters allow schools struggling to accommodate large numbers to reduce pressure on existing facilities – a cost-effective solution that suits many different types of institutions. Covered walkways can connect schools with multiple buildings to improve ease of access and provide dry outdoor routes in the changeable British weather, while cycle stores keep pupils’ and teachers’ bicycles dry, orderly and secure all year round.

Interested in seeing how a canopy could benefit your school? Our website is full of information about our products and how they can help. Alternatively, contact us today to hear it first-hand from our team.

Why choose A&S Landscape to install your canopy?

Here at A&S Landscape, we understand that school budgets can be tight, and adding a new shelter to facilities can seem unrealistic in the current economical climate. That’s why we ensure that all of our products offer exceptional value for money and last for many years. We can also now aid schools in managing their budget more efficiently so they can get hold of a fantastic canopy without feeling so constrained by monetary concerns. If you want to know more about our finance options, get in touch by calling 01743 444100 or emailing us at [email protected] now. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

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