Green frame shelter at St Peter's High School
Freestanding shelter we designed for St Peter's High School
Green frame canopy we made for St Peter's High School

St Peter’s High School in Gloucestershire Add Two Dining Canopies

Like many modern schools, St Peter’s High School know that a holistic approach to education is needed to ensure that the students have the best chances of making the most from their educational opportunities.

Project Specification

  • Product: Motiva Duo™
  • Size: 12000mm x 6000mm | 10000mm x 6000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • Moss Green

  • Roof:
    • Opal

What was the project brief?

Located in the Cathedral City of Gloucester, St Peter’s High School provides secondary education to the district of Tuffley. It is a school that delivers a student-centred curriculum, and the staff aim to deliver education that is inspiring, stimulating and challenging. To be able to achieve this goal, they recognised the need to ensure that the resources offered at the school support the students to engage positively with their learning experience.

Like many modern schools, St Peter’s High School know that a holistic approach to education is needed to ensure that the students have the best chances of making the most from their educational opportunities. By looking across the piece at opportunities to continually improve the school’s resources as a whole, this ultimately means a much more positive experience for the students.

This helicopter view approach led St Peter’s High School to explore how they could improve their dining area provision. They contacted A&S Landscape to see what might be possible in terms of a robust and strong, yet attractive, outdoor dining canopy.

What was our dining canopy solution?

When it comes to scoping out solutions to problems associated with outdoor space on high school campuses, A&S Landscape are perfectly placed to help. Our team are able to draw on three generations of expertise in the sector, delivering support and advice on commercial school projects for shelter solutions. The footprint area assigned for the project was a large area between the school’s buildings and the outdoor sports courts. This allowed for a creative approach to be taken to the shelter solution design. Following a site survey, drawings were compiled for not one, but two individual shelters. The A&S Landscape product offering allows for a great degree of flexibility, and by utilising the Motiva Duo™ design, our team were able to design 2 canopies measuring 12000mm x 6000mm and 10000mm x 6000mm respectively.

The size and shape of the area available will ultimately inform the design of any project. With the Motiva Duo™, it’s possible to achieve virtually any dimensions for a free standing canopy. There is also an extensive range of customisations available. These include the addition of side panels and doors, clear or opal roofing, aluminium guttering and downpipes, wall brackets, wide span beams and post pads. There’s also an extensive colour palette to choose from, enabling an individual flair to be added to each and every project. The St Peter’s High School project was completed in Moss Green (RAL 6005) steelwork and Opal polycarbonate roofing.

What was the result of their new dining canopies?

Installation of the two individual Motiva Duo™ canopy structures created a substantial area of sheltered seating. This fabulous new resource is a great addition to the indoor dining facilities which were limited by the level of pupil demand. St Peter’s High School have installed picnic-style bench seating under the canopy covers which signifies the spaces as an inviting, designated area. This is a real draw for the students, many of whom would prefer to be out in the fresh air during mealtimes rather than inside.

Ultimately, St Peter’s High School have achieved their aim of creating additional dining space within an attractive and sturdy custom canopy arrangement. The Motiva Duo™ benefits from a solid steel shelter frame, the construction of which takes account of snow and wind loading calculations. This means that once installed, there is very little for St Peter’s High School to worry about in term of on-going maintenance.

Should eating outside at school be a privilege or necessity?

There are a lot of verified benefits to dining outdoors as a part of the school day. As children spend the majority of the 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 provides a calming atmosphere but can also ease levels of hyperactivity in a pupil. If a pupil is forced to spend their break indoors, it can emulate the classroom environment and stop them from taking an adequate amount of time to relax. Alfresco dining is also a really sociable activity, free by the dining hall environment students can mix with different year groups easily.

Over on our blog you can discover how schools can allow their students to eat outside regularly – click here.

Testimonial/client feedback

It’s an absolute pleasure for our team to receive positive feedback from our clients. Roger Smith of St Peter’s High School told us:

“A professional job done. The A&S Landscape team was good to work with.”

About the client

St Peter’s is a High School that delivers education to children from the ages of 11 to 18. It aims to foster its key values across the school community. These values are respect, optimism, community and kindness which they bring together for their ROCK awards, and which reinforce the adoption of these values as part of everyday life.

There’s a wide curriculum on offer at St Peter’s High School too. Students attending have access to Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Drama and Sociology. There’s plenty going on outside of the core curriculum too. St Peter’s High School participate in the Marathon Kids initiative which encourages children to participate in running and walking for fitness via a goals-based approach. The learning opportunities continue for those who join the Sixth form as well, with a choice of both academic and vocational qualification, enrichment activities and social experiences.

Why invest in a custom dining area canopy?

If your school site is a hive of activity with increasing pupil numbers and a need for additional all-weather space, a dining area canopy could help to resolve some of your operational day to day challenges. If this isn’t enough to persuade you that it’s an option worth exploring, here are a few more points to consider:

  • Your new custom canopy doesn’t have to be reserved just for dining. It can be used for outdoor learning too.
  • Canopies represent a fabulous investment in creating an ergonomic school campus where the dash for a seat at lunchtime is replaced by a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Canopy installation is quick, efficient and won’t disrupt the school community
  • If you choose A&S Landscape to design and install your new shelter solution, you also access our experience, expertise and our commitment to health, safety and quality.

Why are canopies perfect for high schools?

The installation of an outdoor shelter solution is a novel way to create space on a busy high school campus. It gives pupils a defined place outside of the immediate school building designated as ‘their’ space. This makes the installation of a designated outdoor dining canopy an instant hit. The positive impact on previously pressured indoor areas such as cafes and canteens will be seen straight away, and a shelter space that has been thoughtfully designed will be popular all year round.

Our flexible products mean that you can add side and end panels, doors and even lighting if desired. There are lots of examples in our gallery of other high schools that have installed an outdoor dining area shelter solution. For a cost-effective way of improving your school facilities, this is a great option that is well worth serious consideration. Call us today with chat one of our team to find out just how you can achieve the positive results that St Peter’s High School have by installing a custom canopy.

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