The University of Reading in Reading Cover Outdoor Seating Area

The University of Reading was converting an area of the campus and decided to create a social study space for their students. A&S Landscape was brought on board to design, manufacture and install the shade sails.

Project Specification

  • Product: Maxima Sail™
  • Size: 4000mm X 4000mm
  • Steelwork:
    • Slate Grey - RAL NO. 7015

  • Fabric:
    • Red

    • Charcoal

Three Maxima Sails were added to an area of the campus, each measuring 4000mm X 4000mm. The university chose two lava red and one charcoal grey sail which contrast against each other to create a striking effect. The slate grey steelwork also works well with the fabric colours and the surrounding buildings.

Underneath the shade sails, the university added several benches. This means the area can be used as a dining, study or social space. A great option if revision groups want to work in the fresh air or refresh before an exam. Whether it is too cold or hot outside, the sails will help to protect the area from the elements, meaning it can be used throughout the year.

The University of Reading has transformed the once disused space into a popular area which is used by students and staff. Installing a canopy is a cost-effective method of creating a new space which can be used throughout the year. We offer a range of designs, which can be modified and made to your exact specifications.

A&S Landscape has worked with universities across the UK, supplying dining area shelters, entrance canopies and covered walkways. Our expert team will help you to find the perfect product to meet your requirements. Get in touch with us today on 01743 444100.

What Are The Benefits of Alfresco Dining For Children and How This Impacts Their Welfare

There is a lot of research that emphasises the benefits of spending time outside; reducing heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and muscle tension. It can even uplift your mood. Enhancements in attention, memory and concentration have also been proved.

How does this impact children in school? Well, being indoors for nearly all of the day is linked to increased anxiety and depression. Couple this with the allure of computer games and social media at home and you can see how important it is to offer children as many opportunities to be outdoors during the school day as possible.

Spending time outdoors raises Vitamin D levels (an important hormone that helps to protect against a selection of diseases such as osteoporosis, depression, heart attacks and stroke). It is shown in studies that many of us do not get enough of this important vitamin, so more time outside is critical to help tackle this deficiency.

Continue reading our blog post to learn how schools can resolve this problem and let their pupils to spend more time outdoors.

Take a look at the other canopies and shade sails we have installed in Berkshire

Canopy we made for EP Collier Primary SchoolL Shaped Straight Roof Canopy Installed at EP Collier Primary School

In collaboration with our building contractor client A&S constructed a straight polycarbonate roof canopy in EP Collier Primary School Reading, Berkshire. The full contract involved one L Shaped Motiva™ Linear monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 15909/11925mm X 2500mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Sails we fitted at The Bulmershe SchoolRed Sail Shades Designed for The Bulmershe School

Our engineers made a sail structure in The Bulmershe School Woodlands Avenue, Berkshire. The job involved one 12000mm X 12000mm Maxima™ tensile waterproof fabric sail structure comprising of four square sails on nine uprights including for all stainless steel fixtures and fittings and four Bike Hoops installed.

Straight Roof Canopy Fitted at Waingels College

Our team designed a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for Waingels College Waingels Road, Woodley, Berkshire. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 6570mm X 2063mm, 8983mm X 2063mm and 1mm X 2063mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Canopy added to Loddon Primary SchoolLoddon Primary School Add Playground Canopy To Create Shelter

In collaboration with our building contractor client we designed a straight polycarbonate roof canopy for Loddon Primary School Earley, Reading, Berkshire. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 8610mm X 3000mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Shelter we added to St Crispins SchoolThree School Shelters Manufactured For St Crispin’s School

Working with our building contractor client our engineers made three straight polycarbonate roof canopies at St Crispin’s School London Road, Wokingham, Berkshire. The full contract involved the supply and installation of three canopies. One Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 5800mm X 1600mm. Two Motiva™ Linear monopitch straight roof canopies to an overall size of 3100mm x 2417mm and 5600mm x 5840mm all canopies included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Canopy designed for Charters SchoolLarge White Umbrella Shade Installed at Charters School

A&S created a playground umbrella in Charters School Sunningdale, Berkshire. The contract included the supply and fitting of one Maxima™ waterproof Umbrella structure supported on a single upright measuring 6000mm X 6000mm.

Langley Academy Primary School Add Large Sail Shade to Campus

Working alongside our building contractor client our engineers erected a sail structure in Langley Academy Primary School Slough, Berkshire. The job involved three 4000mm X 4000mm Maxima™ tensile shade cloth fabric sail structures comprising of one square sail on four uprights including for all stainless steel fixtures and fittings.