Covered Play Area at Horsley Woodhouse School Derbyshire
Reddal Hill Primary School wanted yet another specific space within their playground for the children to enjoy. They already had a lovely space with play frames, faux grass and games areas, but this time they wanted to add some playground shelter.
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The options for shade and shelter are many. A&S Landscape offers a wide range of PVC and fabric canopies, as well as steel and polycarbonate shelters. The design chosen was a steel and polycarbonate “Mono” canopy from our Motiva range. It was installed in Mid Blue to an overall size of 5700mm x 4000mm. Being placed alongside one of the school buildings and having one glazed side panel, the area has a sense of being enclosed.
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The design of the canopy at Reddal Hill School means that the space is particularly well sheltered from the elements. One side of the canopy is fixed to the school wall and the other side has posts into the playground. This maximises the floorspace whilst ensuring strength and integrity are maintained. The children will be able to use this space come rain or shine. Perhaps the teachers might even choose to have the occasional lesson outdoors now!
If you are thinking about adding some shade or shelter to your outside space, please get in touch. Our team would be happy to talk you through the design options and process or just chat through your considerations – 01743 444100. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]
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