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Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre in Shropshire Add Outdoor Canopy for New Seating Area

Visitors and staff love the steel canopy and it has enabled the café to extend its seating capacity. It also offers covered space for the centre to hold their popular children’s activities outside in school holidays.

What was the project brief?

Customers of the Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre in Alveley, Shropshire had asked if a covered outdoor seating area could be added to their facilities, and the centre was happy to include this as part of their planned improvements. Dog walkers weren’t allowed into the on-site café and so were otherwise stuck outside on their coffee breaks. Also, there was no protected area for people bringing their own food to the park to sit in while appreciating the stunning views, during any type of weather.

The team approached A&S Landscape for help with finding a shelter solution to accommodate all of these needs, as well as the increasing number of visitors.

What was our outdoor canopy solution?

Shelter we designed for Severn Valley Visitors CentreThe Motiva Linear™ straight roof model was chosen as the perfect outdoor canopy cover for their new seating area. Built to measure 5900mm X 5000mm, this asymmetric straight roof variant with a Dura-coat™ finish would withstand a whole range of changeable British weather and offer protection from rain and UV rays. The grey steelwork and Opal roof looked fantastic next to the extended, revitalised building and above the new decking that the Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre had also installed. Together they would accommodate many more customers taking a rest in the beautiful countryside.

What was the result of their new shelter?

Visitors and staff love the steel canopy and it has enabled the café to extend its seating capacity. It also offers covered space for the centre to hold their popular children’s activities outside in school holidays. Lucky dog walkers and families sitting at the now sheltered picnic benches can enjoy food from the café, or brought from home, while looking across an uninterrupted view of the park and the stunning valley – including the River Severn. Best of all, it can be made use of no matter the weather or season! A&S Landscape was thrilled that the canopy was so well-received alongside the centre’s other improvements and that it could accommodate their increasing number of guests.

About the client

The Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre in Alveley, Shropshire is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, not too far from A&S Landscape’s headquarters in Shrewsbury. The Green Flag award-winning park provides 126 acres of countryside and views, including woodland, ponds and meadows. It is built on colliery land (the area is historically known for its mining industry) and offers everything from adults’ and children’s activities to a purpose-built easy access trail for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. The park is also right on the doorstep of the well-known Severn Valley Railway, with the nearby Country Park Halt and stations in Highley and Hampton Loade. Here at A&S Landscape, we loved working with the Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre to help them on their mission to improve their fantastic facilities for thousands of local people to enjoy.

How can people protect and support local public green spaces?

Shade sail we fitted at Ashcott Playing FieldsProtecting public green spaces such as parks and footpaths – and supporting them so that future generations can enjoy them too – is more important than ever. Here are some ideas of simple things everyone can do to achieve this.

  • Follow the Countryside Code – respect other people in order to maintain green spaces and reduce unnecessary hassle for those working in them. For example, walk or cycle to them where possible, leave gates as you find them to avoid farm animals escaping or not getting access to food, don’t wander onto private land and don’t disturb historic sites or ruins. Also, protect the environment by taking your litter home with you, not setting accidental fires via barbeques or cigarettes, and keeping dogs under control so they don’t disturb other animals.
  • Support businesses in green spaces – help fund your local park by having lunch or a coffee on your weekend walk instead of going out to a restaurant or coffee shop. You could also take part in paid activities based in green spaces, such as children’s or adults’ craft days and guided nature walks.

A&S Landscape is proud to help public green spaces improve their facilities by supplying them with canopies to suit a variety of needs. Want to find out more about how our products can add to your park’s capacity and visitor experience? Contact us today at [email protected].

What types of organisations does A&S Landscape work with?

We provide shelter solutions for many different kinds of companies, institutions and organisations. This includes everything from schools to healthcare sites and garden centres. You can take a look at our past projects in our gallery to get a better idea of the huge range of customers we’ve already supplied to. Or, give us a call on 01743 444100 to talk it through with our team.

Find out about more of our projects based in Shropshire

Straight Roof Canopy Designed for Captain Webb Primary School

Captain Webb Primary School ShelterOur team made a straight polycarbonate roof canopy in Captain Webb Primary School Dawley, Telford, Shropshire. The job involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 18500mm X 3000mm with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish. Supply and installation of  57 sqm of dark blue rubber surfacing underneath the canopy and installation of kerb lines.

Playground Shelter Installed at Idsall School

We built a mono canopy in Idsall School Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire. The contract included one Motiva Mono™ monopitch curved roof canopy measuring 10000mm X 4000mm.

Newtown C of E Primary School Add Curved Roof Canopy to Play Area

Canopy we fitted at Newtown Primary SchoolWe produced a curved roof canopy in Newtown C Of E Primary School Newtown, Wem, Shropshire. The contract included one Motiva Mono™ curved roof canopy measuring 6000mm X 4800mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish and four post pads.

Blue Fabric Umbrella Canopy Designed for Ludlow Junior School

We designed a playground umbrella in Ludlow Junior School Clee View, Ludlow, Shropshire. The contract included the supply and fitting of one Maxima™ waterproof Umbrella structure supported on a single upright measuring 5000mm X 5000mm.

William Reynolds Junior School Add Fabric Shade Sails to Playground

Our engineers produced a waterproof sail in William Reynolds Junior School Westbourne, Telford, Shropshire. The full contract involved the removal of the existing sail from umbrella and the installation of a new sail with fixtures and fittings.