St Mary’s and St John’s CE School in Greater London Finds Dining Canopy

St Mary’s and St John’s CE School in Greater London Finds Dining Canopy

What was the project brief?
St Mary’s and St John’s CE School in Hendon, Greater London was searching for a large dining shelter that could ease pressure on its indoor facilities and give students more options when choosing where to spend break times. The staff wanted a model with a classic and unobtrusive look, plus a robust design that could hold up in all kinds of bad weather. They came across A&S Landscape and decided to approach them to install the canopy, because they liked their products and they fit into their budget.

What was the dining canopy solution?
A&S Landscape talked through and narrowed down the options with St Mary’s and St John’s CE School, and they then chose the Motiva Duo™ for their dining shelter. This model was particularly appealing to them because it is ideal for outdoor dining areas and is an effective, standalone structure that looks fantastic in any space. The team picked out Slate Grey steelwork and an Opal roof – which made for a contemporary feel that blended in with the architecture of the school building – as well as six large post pads to provide extra safety options. Also, specifications of 10000mm X 8000mm offered lots of space for students to eat and catch up with friends outdoors, and the durable materials of the Motiva Duo™ were sure to protect them from the elements whether it was rainy or windy.

What was the result of the shelter?
The dining canopy has been a fantastic addition to St Mary’s and St John’s CE School. Students now have more choice when considering where to hang out with friends or eat at break times and lunchtimes, and queues in the indoor facilities have been significantly reduced! The modern colours work well with the existing surroundings at the school and the structure could even double up as an outdoor classroom shelter. A&S Landscape was pleased that its product has been so useful to everyone at St Mary’s and St John’s CE School and would love to supply them with another canopy in the future, should they have need of one.

About the client
St Mary’s and St John’s CE School is an all-through school that teaches children and young people aged from 3 to 19. It is made up of three different campuses – nursery to Year 4 attend Neale House, Year 5 to Year 8 attend Bennett House, and Year 9 to Year 11 and Sixth Form-age students attend Stamford Raffles. The school is rooted in the strong Christian values of wisdom, service and hope. A&S Landscape found working with the staff to be a breeze as they were friendly and helpful during every aspect of the project.

This institution is situated in Hendon, Greater London – a train ride away from some of the most popular attractions in the county. London has countless experiences to offer, from a ride on the iconic London Eye to a day out in the beautiful Kew Gardens and a behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

How can canopies help schools to meet the needs of a growing population?
Many schools struggle with increasing numbers of students; the Department for Education has had to create over 400,000 new places in the five years up to 2021. In order to adapt to this influx of children, institutions can use canopies to make the most of their outdoor spaces, without breaking their budgets. A dining shelter can reduce overcrowding in dining halls, while a waterproof sail shade can make for a fantastic, additional outdoor learning or play area that can also keep students cool in summer sun or dry in autumn rain. What’s more, a Covered Multi Use Games Area can allow more children to access and enjoy a range of sports.

What are some examples of other sectors that A&S Landscape works with?
They supply shelters to people across many different sectors in the UK and Europe. Whether you represent a garden centre that needs an entrance canopy to revitalise the way in to your premises or a healthcare site that wants a cycle shelter where you can safely store staff bikes, they can help! Contact A&S Landscape now by calling on 01743 444100 or emailing at – their friendly team is waiting to answer all of your questions and suggest some amazing shelter solutions.

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