Canopies are often popular in primary schools because there is an expectation by Ofsted that children, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage, should have access to the outdoors and be able to enjoy activities outside.
While canopies provide shelter against the inclement British weather, many schools see their canopies as an extension to the classroom environment, relieving pressure on space in schools.
Many schools have discovered the benefits to be gained by installing a Twinfix canopy to gain additional space for pupils to learn and play, rather than extending their classrooms using traditional building methods.
St Anne (Stanley) CoE Primary School in Liverpool was looking for a cost-effective alternative to an extension to increase space for learning and play for their pupils.
We installed a freestanding mono-pitch canopy on behalf of Arcadis, which provided the school with 84 square metres of additional space to play outdoors.
Manufactured in the Twinfix factory with an aluminium frame polyester powder coated in RAL 6002 Leaf Green to match the school colours, the roof consists of Multi-Link-Panels NF fitted with opal 16mm multiwall polycarbonate. These glazed panels are Non-Fragile to the recommended roofing assembly test ACR[M]001:2014.
The vertical side glazing offers protection from the weather all year round whilst allowing light into the canopy. Roller shutters were included to offer security and additional storage space for outdoor equipment. The canopy was installed by one of the Twinfix DBS checked teams.
We were pleased to receive this lovely feedback from the school:
“Shelter has been installed perfectly! We are extremely happy with the manner in which the shelter has been installed. The workmen are a real credit to your firm. We are delighted with the finished product.”
With budgetary cuts affecting everyone nowadays, it’s good to see that having to cut your cloth a bit can result in great benefits – providing a cost-effective and multi-functional building for students’ use.