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New Playground Shelter at Hartland Primary School

New Playground Shelter at Hartland Primary School

In October 2020, Donna Weeks of Hartland Primary School, near Bideford in Devon, contacted Zenith for a quotation for a canopy to be installed in their grounds for an outdoor seating area.

Craig Gilbert of Zenith carried out a site survey at the end of November and Donna placed her order for an Airone Tipo 150 with installation planned for the start of the school term in January.

The installation is now complete. Donna said “we are delighted with the canopy.  It looks great, we cannot wait for all the children to be back in school to make good use of it once the lockdown is over”.

The galvanised steel framework, powder coated in green with beige PVDF coated PVC canopy fits perfectly within the environment.

Donna also said “thank you to the team who installed the canopy, they were great”.

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Reception Class Playground Canopy

Reception Class Playground Canopy

In September 2020, Gail Owens of Arden Primary School in Sparkhill, Birmingham, contacted Zenith for a quotation for an all year round canopy for their Reception playground.

Ian Manners of Zenith carried out a site survey at Arden Primary and after discussing Gail’s requirements, quoted for 1 x 6m x 4m Airone Tipo 150 which fitted perfectly in the area outside the Reception class.  Gail and her team liked the design of the Airone Tipo and the fact that it can be used all year round for an outdoor play and learning area.

Subsequently, Gail placed an order for delivery and fitting in the October half term.  Gail also arranged for artificial grass to be fitted underneath.

In addition, for extra safety reasons, because of the age of the children, a high impact safety pad was fitted to the outer leg column.

The school are delighted with the canopy and are now looking forward to the children using it all year round.

The Airone Tipo 150 system is available in standard modular sizes from 3m up to 7m but can also be manufactured to bespoke sizes to suit the area.  Being modular, it has endless add on capacity.  The structure frameworks are manufactured in galvanised steel and powder coated in a choice of colours and the canopies are produced in PVDF coated PVC also available in a variety of colours.

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Social Distancing Canopies and Shade Sails

Social Distancing Canopies and Shade Sails

Social Distancing has taken on a new meaning for students at Cardinal Newman College in Preston.

At the end of October 2020, the Larkhill College unveiled a new outdoor covered social space using Zenith Canopy Structures’ unique Vela 150 Shade sail system.

The Vela 150 sails can be used all year as they have been manufactured to UK Building Regulations for wind and snow loadings.

The college already boasts stunning grounds but with added pressure on circulation space due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the extra outdoor covered space allows students to maintain social distancing throughout the year.

College Principal, Nick Burnham and his senior leadership team, ably assisted with design by Land Studio, an architectural design and planning company from Chester, selected Zenith’s Vela 150 shade sails because of their unique design and the robust quality of the structures.

Nick said “the covered outdoor seating area has proved very popular so far with the students, as it provides great shelter in unpredictable weather.  We look forward to warmer months, where I am sure we will get more use out of the covered seating.  The canopies and seating fits well into the surroundings and compliments our grounds”.

The Vela 150 system is ideal for clients looking for the style and shape of a shade sail whilst benefitting from the added strength of the framework that, unlike most sails, it’s attached to the canopy all the way around its perimeter, preventing canopy sagging or wind damage.

The structure is manufactured from a powder coated steel framework that works as an integral gutter system whilst the canopy is made from PVDF coated PVC that is fully waterproof and UV resistant.

The Vela 150 is available in sizes from 4m x 4m to 6m x 6m and being modular, has endless add on capacity.

 

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Social Distancing Canopies - Back to School with Zenith Canopies and Shade Sails

Social Distancing Canopies - Back to School with Zenith Canopies and Shade Sails

As social distancing becomes a feature of our everyday life and the new normal, schools and colleges are exploring innovative ways of providing extra outdoor covered space for their students. Furthermore, current guidelines indicate that time spent in well ventilated areas or outdoors is a safer way of groups mixing whilst adhering to social distancing measures.

Installing one of Zenith’s canopy structures is the perfect way of utilising existing space within schools whilst increasing the availability of covered teaching space. Our canopies come in all shapes and sizes and can be used as outdoor classrooms, eating areas and covered play areas. The canopies are available in a variety of colours and can also be made to special order. Heating, lighting and sidewalls can also be added if required.

Zenith's range of canopy structures are an extremely cost effective way of adding covered areas to your school buildings, we also offer Lease Rental options between 3-5 years to help with budgeting. All of our canopies meet UK Building regulations for wind and snow loadings.

With more than 30 years of experience installing canopies across many sectors, our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to help. If you would like further information on our products or to arrange a no obligation site survey please call us on 01189 789072 or use our contact us page and we will be in touch shortly.

 

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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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Playground Shelters - easy to fit during term time

Playground Shelters - easy to fit during term time

With only 2 weeks left of our busy school holiday canopy build schedule and orders already coming in for the October half term, we thought it may be of interest to some of our readers as to how we safely conduct a canopy installation during term time.

Did you Know ?.....

Most of our canopy installations only involve three days of site work.

By use of Herras temporary fencing our work area can be secured against unauthorised entry.

All of our staff are DBS checked and have undergone many internal safety training schemes.

We are members of CHAS and Constructionline safety schemes, ensuring all of our work is carried out safely.

We can even arrive on site before the pupils - this means we can be in our secure working area before they arrive.

We can, if required, carry out installations at weekends

 

How to organise a canopy installation for your school....

Please give us a call on 01189 789072 or contact us here and we will be happy to arrange a no obligation site visit to run through our product range with you to find the one that matches your needs best. Further to acceptance of a quotation from us we would re-visit the site to confirm all of the final details ; exact location, canopy colours, framework colours, installation program etc.. From date of order to installation is typically 4 - 6 weeks. For further information you may wish to visit our FAQ's page. For an overview of our products please take a look at our many schools pages.

 

We look forward to assisting you with your canopy project soon.

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