Outdoor Dining Canopy at The Coopers’ and Coborn School in Upminster

This wonderful school, which has recently celebrated its 475th anniversary has a great reputation and offers a magnificent setting for students. Pupils were looking to add an outdoor seating area to expand their dining options so the school came to us for some ideas and options.

Project Specification

  • Product: Motiva Duo™
  • Size: 16000mm x 8000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • White

  • Roof:
    • Opal

  • Post Pads:
    • Yellow

    • Red

    • Navy Blue

    • Green

A large underused space was identified and the different styles of canopies were considered. A curved roof canopy from our Motiva Duo range was measured. It was decided that the best size was going to be 16000mm x 8000mm and the colour selected for the steelwork and roof was White (RAL 9010), with an Opal roof. The area has completely changed the outside space, The Coopers and Coborn School have added lots of seating it looks great. The students can now use the area flexibly for dining, studying or socialising.

The addition of an outdoor dining canopy is helping many schools to add space without the need for a conventional extension or new build area. An outdoor canopy can create a year-round space for pupils and take the pressure off communal areas such as dining halls when schools grow. The smart new dining canopy has a polycarbonate roof which offers both shade and shelter. Fabric canopies offer another option. These come in shade cloth, which will protect from UV rays, and PVC, which will offer shelter from the rain as well as shade.

Should eating outside at school be a privilege or necessity?

There are a great deal of established benefits to dining outdoors as a part of the school day. As young people spend the whole day in a classroom environment, it is vitally important that they are given time to breathe at lunchtime. In spending this break outdoors, it not only promotes a calm environment but can also curb levels of hyperactivity in a student. If a child is made to occupy their break inside, it can emulate the classroom setting and stop them from taking a suitable amount of time to relax. Outdoor dining is also an extremely sociable activity, unconfined by the dining hall environment students can interact with other year groups freely.

Over on our blog you can find out how schools can allow their students to dine outdoors regularly – click here.

“Really pleased, everyone loves it. It was a great idea!”

– The Coopers and Coborn School

If something similar sounds interesting to you, please visit our online gallery. It is a great place to look for some inspiration. It contains more than 1500 images of projects to give you some ideas. You can call us directly on 01743 444100 to talk through some options as well, we would be glad to help you.

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