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Squirrel Grey - RAL NO. 7000
Some buildings have special historical or architectural interest, and adding a modern canopy cover can be trickier. That was the case for Wye School, Ashford in Kent, who had an unused area of land on their campus that they wanted to develop. But in order to ensure that the overall aesthetic of the building was not compromised, and to make sure that the award-winning architecture was not spoiled, anything that they added had to be carefully thought out.
With the primary aim of bringing this unused land into practical use as a break time shelter, Wye School already had some ideas of what they might do. But they really needed some expert input to make sure that the final shelter solution was going to be the right size and dimensions, and with the right look, for what they wanted to achieve.
The installation of an outdoor canopy is an excellent way to utilise space that wouldn’t otherwise have any kind of practical use. With a variety of options available, A&S Landscape offers an array of choices for secondary school canopy designs. No matter the size of the plot earmarked for your project, there will be a shelter solution to match.
Taking account of the need for the new canopy cover to be aesthetically pleasing, as well as in keeping with the architect-designed school building, our team put together a design brief using photorealistic software so that Wye School could see exactly what the final shelter solution would look like. The design put forward was for a Motiva Duo™ free standing canopy cover measuring 10000mm by 9000mm. These sizeable dimensions would provide plenty of shelter for the students to enjoy during break and lunchtimes.
The beauty of our photorealistic software means that Wye School were not only able to see what the overall steel shelter frame would look like in place, but also to gauge what impact their chosen colour scheme would have. With a vast range of options for steelwork and roof cover materials, it means that a custom canopy is easily achieved. Wye School selected Squirrel Grey (RAL 7000) for the canopy frame with a simple and understated Opal polycarbonate roof.
There have been many positive impacts resulting from the Wye School canopy installation. First and foremost, a piece of land that had been sitting empty and unused now has a specific and defined purpose.
Secondly, there is a purpose-built area that the school’s students can call their dedicated break time shelter. This maximises the amount of time that they can spend outside, and gives them a novel alternative to indoor seating at lunchtime.
The sleek look of the Motiva Duo™ looks great, and the modern feel of the design fits extremely well with the other elements of this architect-designed site. This product is one that many of our previous clients have installed on their school site, but the design works well in a variety of settings, and for a variety of different purposes.
The village of Wye, home to Wye School, is located in the Kent Downs. A medieval village with a rich history, you will also find the Wye Crown carved into the hillside above. Originating from the start of the 20th century, the Wye Crown was commissioned by the agricultural and horticultural college that was once located in the village, in commemoration of the coronation of King Edward VII.
Wye School is surrounded by beautiful Kent scenery and is a great location to go to school. As part of the United Learning group, there are even more exciting times ahead for the school’s students. The group have been given approval by the government to open a new Free School delivering sixth form education in the area too.
With a growing body of evidence showing the link between health, wellbeing and the outside environment, creating outdoor break time shelter solutions is a fabulous way to provide more opportunities for your students to get outdoors. But there are other benefits too, including:
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