Hurstmere School is a boys school in Sidcup, Kent. A specialist Sports and Science Academy, Hurstmere provides enhanced sporting and educational opportunities to its students and members of the wider Bexley community.
The school wanted to provide its year 10 and 11 students with their own outdoor space. Indoor space at the school was limited and students preferred to spend time outside.
At the time of approaching us, the school had decided it would like to install two outdoor canopies.
This particular project involved us having to work over a seating platform within the school’s Year 11 area. We used a specialist access platform to overcome this challenge.
We were also working within the school’s PE area, so had to make sure we kept the site free from posts and obstructions at all times.
We wanted the school to be able to clearly visualise what the canopies would look like in-situ from the outset. Our inhouse graphic designer superimposed images of the anopies
on to photographs of the school building to show the school what the end result would look like.
We installed two cantilevered Connekt canopies by fixing them directly to the main school building using specifically engineered steel brackets. We recommended this approach because:
- It would create the right amount of outdoor space that was required.
- No space would be lost due to the installation, as cantilevered canopies do not require any front posts.
Once the canopies had been installed, we went above and beyond by revisiting the site to increase the height of the second canopy, at the school’s request.
Installed during the school holidays
Second Canopies UK canopy
No supporting front posts
Colour-matched school’s colours
Hurstmere has gone on to install a third canopy
The canopies were installed within the agreed timescale during the school holidays. So, when Hurstmere’s Year 10 and 11 students returned to school, they were greeted with the sight of the new additional valuable outdoor space.
Since carrying out the work, the school has contacted us to install a third canopy.