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More Vela 150 Shade Sails at Slough Primary School

More Vela 150 Shade Sails at Slough Primary School

An Example of How Canopy Structures Can Be Fitted Safely During a Normal School  Day

Zenith installed 2 x 4m x 4m Vela 150 Sail Shades as single structures to cover two seating areas in one of the playgrounds at Wexham Court Primary School in Slough which Zenith completed on January 3rd, 2020. As a result Paul Hooper, the Site Manager contacted Zenith again at the end of January for a quote for 7 more Vela 150’s.

The Head Teacher, Miss Mehat was delighted with the initial installation and how the canopies look and as a result ordered 7 more Vela 150 Sail Shades to be installed in March as it was within her budget.

This time rather than only single units they ordered 2 x 4m x 4m (4m x 8m) Vela 150 Sail Shades joined together to cover a Nursery Class play area and 2 x 4m x 4m (8m x 4m) to cover an outdoor seating area which doubles as a covered eating area and an outdoor classroom.

Another 4m x 4m was installed outside the Computer Classroom with picnic tables beneath and in the Reception playground 2 x 4m x 4m Vela 150 as single units for two separate covered play areas.

During the installation Zenith erected Heras fencing to surround each area so that they could work safely whilst school was in progress and constantly liaised with the class teachers and site team so we were not working in a ‘live area’ when the children came out to play or had to walk between classes. Zenith always use their in house fitters that are DBS checked and trained in all the relevant site safety procedures.

Once again Miss Mehat was pleased with the final result and was delighted that Zenith had completed the work in time to meet the deadline.

The Vela 150 Shade Sails are one of the few Shade Sails in the UK that meet UK Building Regulations for wind and snow loadings and are available in a range of standard sizes:- 3m x 3m, 4m x 4m, 5m x 5m, 6m x 6m and multiples thereof. They can also be manufactured to specific sizes.

The metalwork is galvanised and can be powder coated in a choice of RAL colours. In addition the structures have a unique drainage system whereby the beams act as gutters so rainwater runs off the canopies,

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How much does a school canopy cost?

How much does a school canopy cost?

Our recent research has shown that a school may have a requirement for a canopy for additional outdoor covered space but have no idea what the cost of school canopies are.

We realise your time is valuable so we have produced a simple price guide for the supply and installation of canopies. Our portfolio of products is obviously much larger than those listed but hopefully the following helps with your initial budget assessments. If you would like to explore the potential for having one of our structures fitted at your school or premises please contact us and we can arrange to visit your site to discuss your requirements further. We are also able to advise remotely should a site visit not be suitable.

 School Canopy Examples:

Canopy Size
Structure Type
Seats up to
Cost including delivery, fitting and groundworks
5 metre x 5 metre Airone Tipo 150 24 Students at tables Circa £ 8375.00*
6 metre x 6 metre Airone Tipo 150 40 Students at tables Circa £ 10790.00*
8 metre x 8 metre Airone Max 175 80 Students at tables Circa £ 17420.00*
9 metre x 9 metre Airone Max 175 90 Students at tables Circa £ 18975.00*
10 metre x 10 metre Airone Max 175 120 Students at tables Circa £ 21580.00*
     

*All prices subject to VAT

 

Airone Tipo 150

Airone Max 175

 

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The Vela 150 Shade Sail

The Vela 150 Shade Sail

In 2018, Paul Hooper, the Site Manager at Wexham Court Primary School in Slough, contacted Zenith to replace their old wooden structures with new canopies.

Ian Manners of Zenith quoted for 2 x 4m x 4m Airone Tipo 150 canopy structures, but unfortunately, at the time, the school didn’t have enough in their budget.

However, in October 2019, Paul Hooper asked for a re-quote.  The Head Teacher was very keen on Shade Sails.  This time Ian quoted for 2 x 4m x 4m Vela Sails but as with most sail structures, they do not have wind and snow loadings to UK Building Regulations.

So, as an alternative, Ian proposed the Vela 150 sail structure which do have wind and snow loadings to UK Building Regulations.  This time, the school had enough in their budget to order 2 x 4m x 4m Vela 150 structures in RAL 7037 grey metalwork and canopies in RAL 5002 blue.

The installation was completed on January 03rd  2020, in time for the return to school on Monday, January 6th .

The Vela 150 Structures are available in a range of standard sizes; 3m x 3m, 4m x 4m, 5m x 5m and 6m x 6m, but can be made to special order.  The metalwork is galvanised and can be powder coated in a choice of RAL colours. In addition, the structures also have a unique drainage system, whereby the beams act as gutters so rainwater runs off the canopies, into the beams, down through the leg columns and out through drainage holes at the bottom, or it can be linked to underground drains.

 

For further information or to discuss a project, please call 0118 978 9072, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com

 

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Reception class canopy

Reception class canopy

In early September, Lee Adkins, the Site Manager of Burstow Primary School in Smallfield, Surrey contact Zenith Canopy Structures regarding a canopy for their reception playground.

Ian Manners of Zenith, carried out a site survey and provided Lee and their Business Manager, Wendy Iball, with three options from our range of canopies most suited to schools.

After further discussions with the reception class teachers, they selected 1 x 4.5m x 5m Simplicity 35 Series canopy.  They selected the Simplicity 35 as they were all impressed with the design, which includes integral guttering, an extremely strong 35mm structured polycarbonate roof and a ‘goal post’ system that allowed us to install the structure as a standalone canopy opposed to fixed to their building. The school chose the aluminium framework powder coated in white with a 35mm opaque polycarbonate roof.

They placed their order on October 15th and were delighted that Zenith were able to manufacture and be able to deliver and fit on Monday 04th November, which was an inset day, prior to school returning on the 05th November, after their half term break.

Wendy said ‘the school are delighted with the canopy and the children are now able to play outside under cover all year round’.

Our research has told us that covered outdoor play and learning has proven to improve pupil engagement, now the reception class at Burstow can go outside for play or lessons whatever the weather.

Zenith has a wide range of canopies to suit all budgets and with 30 years’ experience in supplying canopies for education are the ideal choice when looking to cover your outdoor area.

Our structures are available in steel or aluminium frames, we use a selection of roofing materials including PVDF coated PVC, UV protected polycarbonate, or clear, tinted or self-cleaning glass.

 

For more information, call us on 01189 789072 or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com

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Glass Canopy Cover at London School

Glass Canopy Cover at London School

In February Chris Wright the Estates Bursar at Emanuel School in Battersea, South London, invited Zenith to quote on a canopy to cover their pupils from the elements whilst queuing in the playground outside the dining room. 

Ian Manners of Zenith presented several options, which included visuals to the school and Chris and the senior management team selected an 8m x 2m Simplicity 6 Series glass canopy with a Victorian upgrade which is more in keeping with the surrounding buildings. 

The framework is manufactured in aluminium and was powdercoated in blue to match the school colours. The canopy is made from 6mm toughened glass.

When the pupils returned for the start of the summer term they were delighted to see the new canopy which will protect them from the sun, wind and rain all the year round whilst waiting to enter the dining room.

If you would like more information on our canopies for schools call us on 0118 978 9072 or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com

 

Glass Canopy

 

 

 

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Large Playground Shelter to Primary School in Berkshire

Large Playground Shelter to Primary School in Berkshire

Winnersh Primary School Canopy Club

The Children at Winnersh Primary School are now running a 'Canopy Club' during school lunch times.

The poster at the school advertising the 'Canopy Club' states:

  • Lots of stuff to do 
  • For any year
  • Games, word searches and FUN, FUN, FUN !! 

The 'Canopy Club' is an example of another innovative way in which schools are using canopies for outdoor play.

Since installing the canopy in July 2015 the school have used it for outdoor eating, a quiet area, the 'Canopy Club' and Christmas carol concerts.

The 9m x 9m Airone Max structure is manufactured in galvanised steel and powdercoated in the school colours. The eye catching canopy is manufactured from a high grade 100% waterproof PVC which also cuts out all harmful UV rays making this the ideal structure for covering larger playground spaces.

 

Canopy Club Sign

If you would like more information on our canopies for schools please call us on 0118 9789072 or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com 

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Polycarbonate Play Shelter for Primary and Nursery Schools

Polycarbonate Play Shelter for Primary and Nursery Schools

In early April Linda Shoard, the School Business Manager at Our Lady of Peace Primary and Nursery School approached Zenith to provide a quotation for 1 x 13m x 4m polycarbonate canopy to cover one of their Early Years areas.

The school selected Zenith's Simplicity 35 Series canopy with aluminum framework powder coated in white and a 35mm polycarbonate opaque roof.

The canopy was fitted during the summer half term break and when the children returned to school they were delighted with their new covered play area which they can now use all year round regardless of weather. They had even put a note on their outside blackboard .......

 

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