Taurus Glulam Timber Canopy, 7000mm (w) x 9000mm (d)
‘A Cost-Effective Solution to our Seating Problem’
To accommodate an increasing student role, Gumley House Convent School required larger dining facilities with their limited existing capacity resulting in students having to eat outside on the school grounds, causing issues with litter and a potential risk of vermin.
In considering the options open to the school, Annie Binns, Chair of the Gumley Parents’ Association said: ‘we needed to extend our canteen/eating area and a brick-built extension would have been prohibitively expensive. I had been recommended Streetspace by an architect I know. He said it would be a viable and cost-effective solution to our seating problem at breaks and lunchtime.’
‘The Only Company to Offer an End-to-End Solution’
Having settled on an open type canopy project and selected Streetspace as a potential provider, an underused area near the existing dining hall was identified as the perfect location for this. With the school located in a conservation area, the canopy design had to be carefully considered and our project consultant recommended a Taurus canopy, constructed from Glulam timber with a radius rafter roof design and multiwall polycarbonate cladding. These materials helped create a soft shape with a natural look to meet the planning conservation requirements with theStreetspace technical team handling the planning approval process on behalf of the school following order placement.
Alongside the canopy structure installation our skilled teams carried out the associated landscaping, which involved removal of trees and shrubs with installation of new paved area and planters. The client commented: ‘Streetspace was the only company to offer an end-to-end solution that included groundwork. Staff were professional, informative and pleasant and they were also the most competitively priced! Our budget was tight. Streetspace conducted a thorough survey and I was very pleased when they assured me that there were would no uplift charges.’
‘An Impact on the School Environment’
The canopy and bespoke planters have become a key feature of the school grounds, and were celebrated at the end of June 2018 with an official launch party! Another great project completed and an excellent testimonial from a delighted client: ‘We are very pleased with the result! We love the soft impact on the overall school environment. The service was efficient and effective. The installation was quick and on time, with minimal disruption to the pupils and the day to day running of the school. I would definitely recommend Streetspace to other schools or colleges.’