The Heathland School had already worked with Canopies UK on a previous project, and wanted to add to the existing canopies around their site to provide more shelter for students to sit during break times.
With the challenges of social distancing and the British weather, the school had outgrown their existing canopies. Canopies UK needed to identify areas where more shelter could be created without causing obstruction.
Connekt was the best option as it could be installed without front posts.
The school wanted to assess the site to find the best locations. One area was ruled out as it was too close to classrooms; it would create noise and affect the lighting. Canopies UK changed the location to a disused car park. The lack of front posts meant the area can still be used for parking when needed.
The other areas were easier to identify. Canopies UK designed a canopy to run alongside the building for queuing for the dining areas, and a freestanding canopy on the grass to provide another picnic spot for outdoor socialising and lunches.
Canopies UK set about completing the work with minimal impact on the school day. The locations were barriered to create safe working areas that were operational during term time. Canopies UK kept the canopies matching the same colour as the previous ones.
In the three areas, Canopies UK installed:
• A Connekt canopy on posts with a 3m projection from the wall
• A Connekt canopy on posts with a 4m projection from the wall
• A back-to-back Connekt canopy to create a covered picnic area.
Canopies UK managed to create plenty of additional shelter for the school without causing obstruction or losing space. The carpark canopy makes use of a disused area without sacrificing the overflow parking spaces which are useful for parents’ evenings and events.
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