Sun Shelter Canopy Installed at Galashiels Academy in Scotland
Posted on 10/08/2020
The pupils of Galashiels Academy, a high school located in the Scottish border town of Galashiels, have access to a wonderful outdoor gym area. This offers them the opportunity to enjoy PE lessons and training sessions in the outdoors. The school wanted to increase the use of this area by installing a sun shield sail.
What was the project?
To install a relatively small canopy to an area where other existing fixed equipment was already located.
What was the problem?
The only disadvantage with the outdoor gym was its exposure to the elements. On hot, sunny days, there was no shelter under which pupils could cool down after a challenging exercise set.
What was our solution?
Given the existence of fixed equipment on the site in question, our solution here was the installation of a Maxima Sail™ from our extensive range of school shade sails. A tensile canopy like the Maxima Sail™ works on the basis of tension created in the overhead canopy structure. This allows the ‘sail’ effect to be created which is then attached to the steelwork pillar below.
What product did we use?
A&S Landscape offers a wide selection of sun shelters, UV shelters and standing canopy designs for schools. For this project, our designers needed to understand the space in question, how it would be used, and the footprint and coverage required from the sun shield sail. Not until this had been worked this through with the client was it possible to advise the best product to install.
In this case, because of the location of existing fixed equipment on the site, the best option for Galashiels Academy was the Maxima Sail™. The school were then able to customise the design of their sail by selecting an Anthracite Grey colour for the steelwork and a natural shade for the canopy fabric from our colour palette.
What was the result?
The resulting area of shelter fitted ergonomically with the existing surroundings. The fixed gym equipment already in-situ was in no way impeded by the installation of the canopy. This meant that the area could be used in the usual way, but with the additional benefit of the sun shelter’s protection on hot days.
The Galashiels Academy Management Team gave A&S Landscape 5 star feedback for our assistance with this project.
A bit about the client
Galashiels Academy is a high school which serves the immediate local community as well as that of the small village of Stow. The area is hilly and largely rural, and the communities are smaller in these areas. Although the school has been re-founded in more recent history, it has a heritage dating back to 1696.
The area of Galashiels is famous for its annual Braw Lads Gathering, part of the yearly Borders Festival. It brings together the community and tourists to commemorate the town’s history, including the marriage of James IV of Scotland to Margaret Tudor. One of the many features for visiting tourists is the choice of cycling routes in the area. Little wonder, then that Galashiels Academy runs a cycling club!
What is a sun shield sail?
This type of tensile canopy can come in a variety of different configurations. From single steel pillar with overhead sail, to a number of pillars set out in a design of your choice with matching or contrasting colourways. Our versatile fabric Maxima range offers you the option for steel uprights to be root fixed, base plate fixed onto preformed bases, or installed into pre-cast sockets. This gives you many installation options, as well as design choices. Utilising either cloth or waterproof fabric for the sail, you have a great deal of choice for your final design.
Why is a shade canopy perfect for your school?
There are many reasons why a shade canopy is a great addition to your school grounds. Here are just a few:
- They are a great way to add value to an outdoor area without breaking the school budget.
- Lead time is normally around eight weeks for manufacture and quality control, so once you have your design and have confirmed your order the turnaround is quick.
- Depending on the complexity of your project, installation is straightforward. Normally your project will be completed in around a week.
- Often, a canopy will not require planning permission, so there is no additional bureaucracy to worry about. Our expert team will confirm this once they understand the full requirement and size of your project. You can also access our Condensed Guide to Planning Permission here, and then by clicking on ‘Will I need planning permission?’ and enter your details.
How can A&S Landscape help you?
We offer the highest standards in design, installation and customer care. You can find out more about our accreditations here. By working with us you are assured of the best customer care from our friendly team, all backed up by testimonials from a range of secondary school clients.
If you would like our help or are interested in finding out what sun shield sail canopy options might work for your school, call our team today. Call us on 01743 444100 or email us at [email protected].