Marine Academy, Plymouth add New School Canopy to Campus

Marine Academy, Plymouth is the UK’s first Marine Academy; it’s a state-funded specialist school with three sponsors who are the Plymouth University, Cornwall College and Plymouth City Council. Catering for a wide range of age groups (from nursery through to the sixth form), the campus is extensive. Outside one of the buildings, there was a long wall which was perfect for adding a school canopy. A&S Landscape was pleased to help design something which added a new dimension to the space.

Project Specification

  • Product: Motiva Linear™
  • Size: 31700mm x 4000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • Slate Grey - RAL NO. 7015

  • Roof:
    • Opal

With a broad range of canopy products and more than 40 years’ experience, A&S Landscape was perfectly placed to help. The best product was decided to be the Motiva Linear canopy, it has steel posts and polycarbonate roofing which makes it durable and long-lasting as well as smart and strong. With aluminium gutters and downpipes, the Linear canopy will be a shelter for many years to come at Marine Academy.

The canopy was a large size, measuring 31700mm x 4000mm and we also added post pads to offer extra protection to children whilst they are playing. The opal polycarbonate roofing shelters the children from UV rays as well as the rain. Now the pupils can play outside no matter what the weather. It is lovely to hear from staff that it is already making a big difference to the pupils at playtime. Well done Marine Academy! We have also worked with many other schools in Plymouth, including Marine Free School.

Why is playing outdoors so important for the social and physical development of children and how can we allow them to spend more outside?

Play is the quintessence of childhood, when children are well and inarguably being themselves, but for a great number of children the opportunity to play outdoors, enjoying physical activity and fresh air, is restricted. Today’s generation of children aged 4-11 years spend a great deal of hours playing computer games, on iPads and watching TV and so this precious period of activity is more fundamental than ever to counter long periods indoors in front of a screen. Shocking recent studies show that a third of children play outside for 30 minutes or less in a average day. That’s less time outside than prison inmates get! Of the 1,000 UK families who took part in the survey, 82% blamed the unreliable British weather.

Encouraging more outdoor play is not just about the physical element of their health though. Active play during breaks and lunchtimes are also helping children’s mental wellbeing. It teaches them how to discuss their opinions and feelings and listen to those of others. The practice of expressing themselves, risk-taking and sharing are all key stepping stones on the path to reaching adulthood with the skills to discuss, debate and empathise.

Want to learn more? Click here to access our full blog to find out more about the benefits of outdoor play on children.

“Really happy, the install went very well. It has made a huge difference, it is really raining today and the children are playing outside!”

Headteacher – Marine Academy

There are many different designs available, all in high-quality materials. These range from, Umbrellas and Tepees, to straight or curved roof steel canopies. A&S Landscape has a range which is sure to offer you something special. Feel free to look through our gallery, which has more than 1500 images to inspire you.

Take a look at some of our other canopy projects based in Devon

Stoke Dameral Academy Install Straight Roof Canopy at Campus

Our engineers made a straight polycarbonate roof canopy at Stoke Dameral Academy Plymouth, Devon. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 14000mm X 4000mm and 12000mm x 2000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Canopy we fitted at Devon Tiverton Constitutional ClubTiverton Constitutional Club add Straight Roof Entrance Canopy

Working with this prestigious client our team built a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for Tiverton Constitutional Club 31 Bampton Street, Tiverton, Devon. The job involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 5000mm X 3000mm with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Scott Medical Health College Add Polycarbonate Roof Canopy

Working for our building contractor client we designed a system 60 canopy roofing system at Scott Medical Health College Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon. The full contract involved the supply and installation of a System 60 straight roof polycarbonate roofing including for all roofing bars and edge trims measuring 11100mm x 2000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

New Shelter Designed for Exeter School

A&S designed a canopy for Exeter School Victoria Park Road, Exeter, Devon. The full contract involved dismantle canopy, disposal of roofing. Re-erect canopy to new location allowing for new posts, new roof material and reconfigured guttering.

Canopy we fitted at St Sidwells SchoolSt Sidwell’s CE Primary School Add Curved Roof Canopy to Play Area

Our engineers produced a curved roof canopy for St Sidwell’s CE Primary School Exeter, Devon. The full contract involved one Motiva™ Mono monopitch curved roof canopy measuring 10000mm X 4000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish and post pad protectors.