Montem Primary School is a vibrant inner-city school in Islington, North London.
A two-form entry primary school, Montem caters for children aged between two and 11. It currently has 14 classes and a 52-place nursery.
The school wanted to turn its outdoor playground into a covered area and was after a canopy system that looked modern and stylish and would provide plenty of shelter and shade from the elements.
They were particularly after a canopy that a) didn’t take up too much of their existing space and b) was ground-mounted, so that it wouldn’t be an obstruction to pupils and staff.
The main challenge our team faced was obtaining planning permission, as the canopy needed to be installed next to a wall with listed status.
The aesthetics of the canopy were really important to the school, so we specified the Monza, which is part of our premier Italia canopy range, and exactly met the school’s brief, particularly in delivering their design vision.
This range features an aluminium structure and silver shine finish that, when combined creates a really striking end result.
We specified a cantilevered version of the Monza which, being wall-mounted, requires no front supporting posts.
While the listed wall was a challenge, it was only a slight stumbling block, as our surveyor worked closely with the school and local council to ensure the canopy met all of the relevant requirements.
The school now has an incredibly stylish and highly functional sheltered play area where pupils can learn, play and sit in all types of weather.
Montem Primary School