Whitgreave Primary School in the West Midlands Install Large Covered Walkway

The School Business Manager said that the door canopy looked amazing. Now pupils can travel between the main and modular building with ease in all weathers throughout the year.

Project Specification

  • Product: Motiva Linear™
  • Size: 13000mm X 7700mm | 6300mm X 5300mm
  • Steelwork:
    • Traffic Blue - RAL NO. 5017

  • Roof:
    • Opal

What was the project brief?

Whitgreave Primary School in Wolverhampton had need of a canopy that could act as a covered walkway between their facilities. They had installed a large modular building over the summer which was completely separate from the main building, and so needed a walkway to protect pupils from the rain when they were moving between the two.

A&S Landscape was delighted to be contacted by the school and soon got to work on creating the right shelter for them.

What was our shelter solution?

Covered walkway shelter we made for Whitgreave Primary SchoolWhitgreave Primary School considered several options that A&S Landscape brought to the table, but ultimately decided that the Motiva Linear™ best suited their requirements. This model has one side higher than the other as it is a monopitch (asymmetric) variant and includes a straight roof which is ideal for covered walkways, so it immediately appealed to the school. Their custom canopy was built to specifications of 13000mm X 7700mm and 6300mm X 5300mm, offering the maximum protection that they had asked for. It also sported an Opal polycarbonate roof and Traffic Blue steelwork – a fantastic choice that gave the space a contemporary feel that the school loved. The Dura-coat™ finish would ensure that the shelter could work its magic for many years to come, and protect teachers and pupils alike from the elements.

What was the result of their new covered walkway?

The School Business Manager said that the door canopy looked amazing. Now pupils can travel between the main and modular building with ease in all weathers throughout the year, and staff don’t have to worry about wet coats and umbrellas dripping in their classrooms! Covered walkways create a feeling of unity when schools have more spread-out sites, and can even be used as extra storage space over weekends. Whitgreave Primary School’s stylish shelter certainly provides such a feeling and has many possible uses. A&S Landscape thought that this project went excellently and is happy that the school is so pleased with their new facility.

About the client

Whitgreave Primary School is located in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Wolverhampton is a bustling city with plenty of cultural interest. It houses the Grand Theatre which is one of the country’s leading regional theatres, the Civic and Wulfrun Halls which host a variety of bands, sporting events and comedy acts, and the Molineux Stadium – home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. The city is full of attractions for local families to enjoy.

With dedicated staff who provide a supportive environment for the children who attend, Whitgreave Primary School aims to ‘nurture and develop self-esteem and a self-belief for all’ and ‘empower all pupils to develop ownership of their own learning’. A&S Landscape enjoyed working with the team at this caring institution and believes that they will get the best possible use out of their new canopy.

How can primary schools allow their children to play outdoors regularly and what are the benefits of doing so?

Play is the core of childhood, when children are well and truly being themselves, but for many children the chance to play outdoors, enjoying exercise and fresh air, is restricted. Today’s generation of children aged 4-11 years spend a lot of hours playing computer games, on iPads and watching TV and so this invaluable period of activity is more important than ever to balance long hours inside in front of a screen. Surprising recent research show that a third of children play outside for half an hour or less in a normal day. That’s less time outdoors than prison inmates get! Of the 1,000 UK families who took part in the survey, 82% blamed the unreliable British weather.

Want to read more? Click here to head over to our full article to find out more about the benefits of outdoor play on children.

What other types of canopies can be useful for schools?

Outdoor dining canopy we designed for The Chantry SchoolIn addition to covered walkways, there are many other kinds of shelters that schools can install to expand and improve their facilities.

1. Dining shelters

These create a covered area so that pupils can spend break times and lunchtimes eating outside. They can help to solve issues like overcrowding in indoor dining halls and can even be built as an enclosed structure to protect everyone inside from the elements.

2. Entrance canopies

Placed at main entrances, these canopies offer a budget-friendly way of improving the look of school buildings and making a great first impression. They can be used to provide shelter to visitors or parents, or simply signal the way to go! They can also be installed with one of a range of roof designs to suit different architectural styles.

3. Covered Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs)

Physical education is an essential part of children’s learning, but the British weather can often limit schools’ options when trying to provide a variety of activities. Covered MUGAs offer year-round protection for sports and games areas so that everything from cricket to athletics can be played, even if it’s raining outside.

4. Playground shade sails

These shelters shield children from sun, wind and rain while adding a splash of colour to any playground. They are incredibly versatile, as they are available in shade cloth or waterproof fabric and can be configured in multiple modules to increase coverage. Shade sails are a bright, exciting option for any school looking to improve playground and learning facilities.

These are just a few of the canopy options we offer to schools. Contact us today to find out more.

Why choose A&S Landscape?

We have over 40 years of experience in working with a huge variety of clients. This includes schools, local authorities, builders, commercial sites, universities and public attractions. Take a look at our clients page to find out more about who we’ve worked with on our projects. No matter what kind of organisation you represent, we can find the perfect shelter solution to bring something new to your facility. Give us a call on 01743 444100 or email [email protected] today.

Check some of our other projects located in Wolverhampton

Curved Roof Playground Canopy Designed for St Bartholomew’s Primary School

Canopy fitted at St Bartholmews SchoolWorking for our building contractor client we erected a mono canopy at St Bartholomew’s Primary School Wolverhampton, West Midlands. The full contract involved one Motiva Mono™ monopitch curved roof canopy measuring 8400mm X 5450mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Dunstall Hill Primary School Add Three Canopies to Play Areas

Working for our building contractor client A&S designed three straight polycarbonate roof canopies in Dunstall Hill Primary School Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton. The full contract involved the supply and installation of one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 19530mm X 2800mm, one Motiva Cantilever™ Linear monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 2549mm X 1500mm and one Motiva™ monopitch straight roof canopy measuring 11431mm X 2800mm. All canopies with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.

Aldersley High School Add Fabric Covered Walkway Canopy

Fabric canopies we designed for Aldersley High SchoolWorking with our building contractor client we constructed a straight polycarbonate roof canopy and four StarSails in Aldersley High School Codsall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands. The contract included the supply and installation of one Motiva™ duopitch straight roof wall fixed canopy measuring 19700mm X 2400mm with Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes in matching Dura-coat™ colour finish and four Maxima StarSail™ tensile waterproof fabric structures each supported on a single upright measuring 6000mm X 6000mm.

Bespoke Cantilever Shelter Designed for Manor Primary School

In combination with our building contractor client our team created a cantilever canopy for Manor Primary School Cosely, Wolverhampton. The contract included one Bespoke Motiva Cantilever™ straight roof canopy measuring 12200mm X 3200mm and included for our Alu-Tuff™ aluminium box profile guttering and downpipes which were coated in a matching Dura-coat™ colour finish.