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Thistley Hough Academy, a state-of-the-art secondary school located in Stoke-on-Trent, required a free standing canopy to cover their new outdoor dining area, and accompany their new ‘food pod.’ They had two priorities for the new dining shelter, it had to both look good, and prove to be long lasting. With these two priorities in mind, they approached A&S Landscape, a family-led business with over 44 years of experience in the UK shelter industry. From there, the teams at A&S Landscape, responsible for the design, manufacturing, and installation, swiftly got to work, managing the project from start to finish. The finished product would go on to transform the students’ dining experience.
The school chose the popular Motiva Duo™, the symmetric variant of the Motiva range. With curved polycarbonate roof panels and both sides built to the same height – they are a suitable configuration for standalone structures or when fitted against low roofline buildings. They have a flexible design, and although there are standard sizes, they can be built to accommodate almost any available space.
Here at Thistley Hough Academy, the ‘duo’ measured 10000mm X 5000mm, and the roof was opal in colour. The school’s perfect cover, however, needed to match their school colours and new food pod – Signal Violet. A colour not stocked as standard; the team endeavoured to accommodate the school’s needs. Despite the challenges, the team managed to stock the colour, and the school were left with their structure beautifully coated in Signal Violet.
The school were delighted with their new outdoor dining shelter. The structure looks smart next to the matching food pod, while also providing the students with the shelter they require from the sun’s harmful rays and the wet weather.
This, therefore, means that the food pod benefits from year-round use and is a huge relief on the indoor dining areas which were starting to become overcrowded. It has given the space a real sense of identity, and a whole new lease of life, as a place where the students can sit, relax, and unwind from their busy day of lessons. Additionally, it has met all the school’s requirements, it not only looks great – but with the steel frame and sturdy polycarbonate roof – it will prove to be long-lasting too.
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Thistley Hough Academy is a secondary school located within the township of Penkhull, in Stoke-on-Trent. Part of the Creative Education Trust, this Academy has been well-recommended by Ofsted. A report made by the educational Governing body in 2017 stated that the school was ‘unlocking the potential in all pupils.’ It was truly a pleasure to work with such a highly-regarded school, and we are pleased that the students now have the provisions to eat outdoors, and socialise with their friends – safe in the knowledge they are protected from the weather.
Eating outdoors has benefits beyond that of the natural buzz of chilled drinks, tasty food from the BBQ and the fun of socialising with friends and family. It also has benefits for our immune system and general wellbeing, and this couldn’t be truer for children, where the impact is even more significant and important. Improved concentration, lower blood pressure, and mood-boosting are all positive effects of eating outdoors and is why a dining shelter is a wonderful addition to any primary or secondary school.
The shelter will act as the essential barrier to the inevitably unpredictable British weather, giving children who don’t have much of an opportunity in their daily lives to enjoy the fresh air – the chance to do so. Especially in the winter, when the days are shorter, and the weather much more stormy, wet and cold – having the provision to sit and eat outside is a welcomed sanctuary for students. For a short time, they can enjoy a rare moment of appreciating the simpler things in life.
Here at A&S Landscape, we understand that the perfect cover looks different for everyone. For schools, a sun shade from our fabric canopy range could be the trendy, yet effective, solution. For a commercial site, a professional and functional door canopy could be the answer. Or for a business looking for ways to try and reduce its carbon footprint, a bike shelter would be an excellent step in the right direction. Whatever the requirements, we value our customers’ needs and opinions – and what they want to achieve from their canopy project. Have a look at what our clients have to say about us, and you’ll see the difference we’ve made.
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There are a great deal of recognised benefits to dining outdoors as a part of the school day. As pupils spend a large amount of the day in a classroom setting, it is crucial that they are given time to breathe at lunchtime. In spending this break outside, it not only provides a relaxing atmosphere but can also lower levels of hyperactivity in a pupil. If a student is forced to occupy their break inside, it can echo the classroom environment and stop them from taking an adequate amount of time to relax. Alfresco dining is also an extremely sociable activity, unconfined by the dining hall setting young people can talk with different year groups easily.
Over on our blog you can explore how schools can encourage their students to eat outside regularly – click here.
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