Hadrian School in Northumberland Add Playground Umbrella Canopy
Set in the small market town of Tring in Hertfordshire, the lovely Marsworth C of E Infant School contacted A&S Landscape for their help to explore our range of outside storage shelters. Their need to find a custom canopy solution was driven by a lack of available storage.
With more and more of their pupils arriving at school on bikes, and some coming on trikes or in buggies, the primary school wanted to provide a safe storage space. This would enable parents to leave items at the school when they dropped off their children, rather than having to take them home and bring them back at the end of the day. With Tring located at the gateway of the Chiltern’s 173 mile cycleway, it’s unsurprising that the school wanted to make sure that as many children as possible could make use of a safe bike shelter! But as the school also operates a nursery, many of the younger children attend nursery in pushchairs. This meant that a flexible space was needed that met the need for the storage of a range of equipment.
Taking account of the number and type of items that Marsworth C of E Infant School wanted to store on a daily basis, A&S Landscape needed to take account the amount of footprint available where the finished buggy storage would be located. Our design team, working alongside the staff at Marsworth C of E Infant School, drew up plans for a Cyclo Buggy™ shelter solution. Our service is offered on the basis of providing our clients with a custom canopy which fits with their requirements exactly.
Because of the nature of the equipment to be left in the shelter each day, it was designed with enclosed sides and a lockable door. This gave extra peace of mind to the staff and the parents that items could be left securely. Rather than a specific cycle shelter containing individual bike racks, the benefit of this solution was that it enabled a range of different items, including prams, buggies, bikes and toys to be stored.
It can be seen from the photographs of this project that the new storage shelter is in demand and being used every day! Offering an all-weather solution, our fully enclosed Cyclo Buggy™ gives a comprehensive and practical storage solution with flexibility. Benefiting from a steel framework finished in Marine Blue, and with clear polycarbonate roof, sides and door, a storage shelter like this is a smart addition to any school grounds.
Marsworth C of E Infants School is steeped in history, with this small village school originally having been founded in 1841. They offer classes from Nursery and Reception to Year One and Two and the great outdoors is an integral part of the school’s ethos. The lucky pupils at this school have access to an all-weather playground, as well as a grass play area. Visiting sports coaches offer football and athletics coaching at lunchtimes too, something that we’re sure Tring based Graham Poll, a notable football referee, would approve of!
The Department for Education has the responsibility to create the 420,000 new school places that are needed between 2016 and 2021 and there are a large amount of ways that this can be achieved. New schools are being created, free schools are being funded and existent schools are being given capital funding to repair, upgrade and grow facilities. With allowances being stretched, one way that schools are using this capital funding is to make the most of their outside space. Whether to build further classrooms or to add sheltered spaces which can have a variety of different uses.
Some uses of outdoor sheltered areas include:
• All-weather sports pitches
• Outdoor classroom
• Cycle Storage
• Outdoor theatre
If we had to sum up the answer to this question in one word it would be versatility. Why do we say that? Well, let’s look at some key points.
Flexible Storage Space
Outdoor pram storage like the Cyclo Buggy™ can also double up as storage for other equipment, for example, outdoor play equipment.
The size of the structure can be made bespoke to your needs and the space available. With a standard width of 2.5 metres and a standard length of 1.4 metres, the basic design can be replicated in almost any size larger than that.
Secure Optional Extras
Adding sides and a locking door means that a storage shelter is safe, secure and protected from both the weather and unwelcome intruders.
Got a particular branding scheme that you want to reflect in your shelter? No problem. You can choose from a range of steelwork colours to match your logo.
Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle
When it comes to cycling, getting children proficient at an early age has many benefits. Offering cycle storage space at your school will enable the support of health initiatives based on increased exercise and mental health benefits from increased confidence.
Small schools like Marsworth C of E Infant School have less available space from which to create shelter or storage options. But this can also be true for larger schools too. Many school buildings were designed in an era before the need for outside storage for valuable equipment was necessary. The school campus would traditionally have been built around a finite amount of space without one eye on future decades.
This is especially true for schools like Marsworth C of E Infant School that were built some 179 years ago. The original planners would never have imagined the need for storage of brightly coloured bikes, trikes and prams!
Whether your school needs a cycle shelter, buggy storage or wants to explore the vast array of alternative shelter storage solutions, we have a product to meet your needs. But it can be confusing to navigate the choices. Don’t worry, though, our specialist team are available to talk you through what would work and how best to make the most of your space.
Leavesden Green Primary School Add Two Cycle Shelters
In collaboration with our building contractor client A&S erected a straight polycarbonate roof canopy and two cycle stores for Leavesden Green Primary School Watford, Hertfordshire. The contract included the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 9500mm x 3000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish. Two Cyclo ‘City’ cycle store units each measuring 5960mm x 2000mm allowing for 7 cycle racks to accommodate 14 cycles.
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Fabric Shade Sail Created for Gilah Nursery School
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Roman Way First School Install Straight Roof Cantilever Canopy
We constructed a cantilever canopy in Roman Way First School Burns Road, Royston, Hertfordshire. The job involved one Motiva™ Cantilever straight roof canopy measuring 19000mm X 2750mm with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.
Black Play Area Shelter Made for St Hilda’s School
Our team created a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for St Hilda’s School 28 Douglas Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 9600mm X 2981mm complete with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.