St Michael’s High School in Chorley contacted Canopies UK to help overcome a problem that’s becoming increasingly common within the education sector these days – lack of space.
More specifically, St Michael’s had outgrown its dining space, which meant that the dining hall was getting too full at break times. It had also run out of general seating space too. This meant that pupils often struggled to find somewhere to sit and enjoy their lunch and generally chat to their friends during their breaks.
St Michael’s recognised that the time had come for it to create some extra space. It planned to do this by creating a multi-use area that could be used for dining, as well as general everyday use.
The school had initially intended to install a brick extension, but later decided to specify Canopies UK for the right solution.
One of the first things they helped St Michael’s identify was where to create the extra room. Unfortunately, the ideal area was in poor condition with an uneven surface.
Canopies quickly overcame this challenge by working with their third party partners to carry out the groundwork, which involved installing a concrete slab cast that provided a smooth and even base for them to work with. Once this was in place, they were ready to move on to the next phase, installing the canopy.
Ultimately, St Michael’s wanted to create additional space that served more than one purpose. It needed an area that would solve its lack of dining space issue and double up for everyday use too.
So, Canopies recommended their Cantabria canopy which features; a retractable roof, a range of fixed, folding and sliding screens, heating and durable aluminium frame and integrated LED lighting and guttering, is super stylish, incredibly flexible and highly functional. To see the Cantabria in action, click here.
• Features an all-glass bespoke atrium and incorporates a hot food servery that can cater for up to 1,200 pupils.
• Provides an extra covered area of 12m2
• Stands at 2.5 metres tall at the front and 3.5 metres tall at the back.
• Is 16.825 metres long
• Features a roof that retracts at the touch of a button
• Is made up of two roofs, six glass sections and 67 bespoke components
• Took 7 days to install.
St Michael’s has solved its lack of dining space and seating space issue using just one solution. Plus, it also has plenty of extra space for general activities.
The Cantabria has provided the school with the best of both worlds between having a brick extension and generic roof only canopy whilst ensuring the budget was met.
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