Canopies that deliver outstanding design flexibility, aesthetics and durability for educational facilities across the UK

At Streetspace we’ve been working with Schools and Colleges across the UK for over 20 years on a broad scope of capital works. From Design & Build dining halls and sports canopy structures to civil engineering, safety and decorative surfacing, landscaping, street furniture and a multitude of canopies and shelters.

We design all our canopy structures in house using the latest 3D CAD technology from survey to manufacture which ensures our project teams can accommodate challenging site constraints or particular design features with ease. Steel fabrication is carried out in our Kent factories with experienced installation teams working across the country.

Aftercare and maintenance is as important to the long-term success of canopy projects as the design and installation. Our comprehensive 15 year warranty, subject to the required cleaning and maintenance regime, with Streetspace specialist engineers always available for planned and reactive maintenance.

Where budgets are limited, schools, colleges and other educational establishments can apply for funding from the government or charitable organisations to help with the cost of the project. Take a look at our dedicated Funding & Grants For School Projects page.

Take a look through the category links below to find out more on products and services Streetspace provides to the education sector. Our team is on hand to advise whenever you are ready.

School Canopies From Streetspace

Streetspace canopies for schools are based around a modular design theme, providing a consistent aesthetic and efficient cost structure with the flexibility for specific site requirements and constraints. All of our canopies are designed and manufactured in accordance with BS EN 1090 EXC 2 accreditation and our company processes subject to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2008.

TRITON polycarbonate roof canopies are well proven with many schools, colleges and universities offering outstanding durability from an all-steel frame with polyester powder coat finish, multiwall polycarbonate roof panels, aluminium glazing system and galvanised steel rainwater goods.

TRITON canopies can be designed as outdoor classrooms, covered dining areas, covered walkways and entrance canopies along with many other uses. The unobtrusive curved roof design format is available in symmetric, asymmetric forms with a mono pitched option. These standard formats make the TRITON product highly versatile for covering both large playgrounds with free space and classroom canopy areas adjoining buildings.

ORION fabric structures can be specified with either the waterproof PVC membrane or shade fabric cover and are produced in five design formats, hypar, conic, star cantilever, shield cantilever and barrel vault. All of our ORION fabric structures are manufactured with the same immensely strong steel frame to maintain canopy tension throughout the lifespan of the structure. The flowing design form and unique ambience of fabric engineering lends itself to a wide variety of canopy types from small conic playground shelters, hypar shade structures to large covered spaces such as MUGA Canopies.

CENTAUR cycle parking products are ideal for schools and colleges as cycle shelters, cycle racks and cycle lockers to suit a wide variety of applications for space available, security levels and numbers of cycles to be stored. The metroSTOR product line from Streetspace includes green roof options fully integrated into the structure design for many outdoor storage applications from bin stores to cycle shelters.

Streetspace Design & Build Capability provides a complete single source construction package for projects in the education sector including dining halls, courtyard redevelopment projects, sports canopies and surfacing.

Covered Space for Early Years & Primary Schools

Covered play areas are central to the provision of outdoor learning environments that are safe and weather protected for year-round use. The benefits are widely acknowledged, with improved concentration and behaviour being positive outcomes attributed to increased play, learning and dining spaces in the great outdoors. This is supported by the Ofsted Early Years Foundation Stage Report as an essential element of a diverse and rounded curriculum.

School playground canopies from Streetspace can be selected from a wide variety of design formats to suit both the differing building fabrics we have in the UK and the space available to cover, whether this is in a city centre or a rural environment. Just as the extent of facilities available and the number of pupils subscribed will vary from school to school and region to region, so the requirement for covered space will be different and this is where the resourcefulness of the design team you have selected comes into play. It could be an enclosed walkway canopy for pupil safeguarding needs, covered dining and social space to ease overcrowding, or shade provision for a particularly sunny spot on your playground and the way the canopy is integrated into existing facilities will often make the difference between a solution everyone is proud of and one that fulfils the essentials.

The minimal support columns of ORION Fabric canopies from the cantilever product range are well suited to maximising available play space. They can be specified with either fully waterproof PVC or shade mesh fabric cover. Both options afford protection from the suns harmful UV rays and minimise the risk of sunburn for pupils and staff while going about their activities on sunny days.

Consistent eaves height on new canopies is an important consideration for year round outdoor learning and fabric cantilever canopies such as the conic and shield are well suited to playground shelters. Classroom canopies tend to require a linear format which will often be better suited to either polycarbonate roof steel canopy or a barrel vault fabric canopy.

Secondary Schools & Academies

The requirement for canopies and covered walkways on the larger secondary schools and academies in the UK will often be driven by the need to reduce overcrowding and facilitate student flow around the campus rather than to provide the benefits of the outdoor play.

Many of these larger schools are finding that one of the best ways to realise the potential of existing space is to cover or enclose underutilised outdoor areas. This can create valuable covered areas, comfortable for year round use and suited to a wide range of short-duration uses such as outdoor classrooms, al fresco dining areas, playground shelters, locker enclosures and social space.

As the built facilities of our education infrastructure are extended to accommodate changing teaching requirements and increasing student numbers, well-designed new covered space can provide the additional capacity needed very effectively and at a reasonable cost. An uncomplicated design and construction process allows you to create covered walkways and courtyard atrium areas that enable student flows through the campus, safely and in all weathers.

With competitive sport playing a major part in student development programmes throughout the secondary school years, MUGA canopies can massively increase participation year round with capital costs typically around 30% of a traditional build sports hall.

Increased dining and social break out space is an ongoing requirement for many larger schools with increasing student numbers. Fully enclosed ZONE glazed structures or TRITON enclosed canopies can have a vital role to play in freeing up core space within existing buildings for teaching.

Universities & Further Education

Sixth form colleges are constantly challenged to explore new dynamic approaches to their education offering that will nurture independence and encourage leadership. They invest heavily in designing state of the art environments where students can flourish and the opportunity to create more learning and social space within the confines of a pre-existing campus is becoming a popular and smart cost effective decision.

With even minor, unavoidable routine maintenance at heavily populated sites having an impact on the smooth running of an operation, Streetspace Urban Structures have the expertise and experience to guarantee delivery of swift, compliant and safe projects that will reap long term benefits without impacting on your campus fraternity.

The Main Uses For Canopies In Schools

Dining Canopies

The provision for indoor dining space can be surprisingly limited even on newer education facilities. This often results in school corridors or even classrooms being used for lunch breaks when the weather is unfavourable. Staggered lunch breaks can be a solution though there are increased costs and disruption they can bring to consider. The Streetspace ZONE is a glazed dining hall that provides a full specification building extension with an internal steel frame, double glazed aluminium curtain walling, composite insulated roof systems and HVAC systems as standard for heating and cooling for typically 60-70% of traditional build costs. Read more about Streetspace Dining Hall Design & Build.

You can achieve year round dining space for a lower outlay with TRITON enclosed canopies. These versatile structures are specified with multiwall polycarbonate roof cladding, glass wall systems and infra-red heater units mounted within the roof structure.

Canopies For Breakout & Circulation Space

The supervision of secondary school students during non-lesson times and breaks is quite different to that for primary schools, and the main requirement for these facilities will be maximising the area covered. Key factors to consider will be the integration of new structures with the existing school buildings and optimising their location alongside canteens or designated social areas.

The new canopy design aesthetic must be given careful consideration and our consultants will offer advice on a canopy format that best fits with existing building architecture. The powder coated steelwork of our canopy steel frames will often be colour matched with window frames and curtain walling.

Cycle Parking

Our bicycle parking shelters are designed with flexibility, security and ease of use firmly in mind, along with green roof options to further improve aesthetics and environmental benefits. The many design options available ensure that all outdoor bike storage requirements can be met, with the ultimate outcome being the cost-effective provision of increasingly valuable safe and secure bicycle storage.

MUGA Canopies

One of the biggest challenges in getting people consistently active is, of course, the weather, with up to 30% of all available playing time in the UK lost due to bad weather or poor light conditions. There are also the risks attached to extended exposure to the sun, for which the use of sun cream and wearing a hat are not always practical or convenient.

Here at Streetspace we have been vocal supporters of active lifestyles for a long time and are proud to offer bespoke solutions of canopies for schools and other multi-use games areas (MUGAs). These MUGA Canopies are permanent architectural structures, dedicated to the provision of year-round, all-weather playing environments, which encourage people of all ages from the school and often the wider community, into sporting activities for their fitness and wellbeing.

In more detail, our Sportspace365 MUGA canopy is designed around a PVC tensile membrane cover, tensioned over a steel framework through an alloy extrusion system. This is a proven design, offering cost efficiency in both construction and operational maintenance for large-scale covered MUGA space. Streetspace MUGA Canopies are open ventilating structures with dry, UV-protected and well-lit courts, having air flow and temperatures in line with the external environment. Shade mesh or perforated PVC panels can be added to the canopy elevations to keep out the elements without allowing stale air and condensation to build up.

These projects will often be combined with refurbishment of existing sports areas including drainage, resurfacing line marking, safety fencing and even stadium type seating. These elements can be procured by a single source provider and managed within the same project scope by the Streetspace team.

Covered Walkways

As schools expand it is inevitable that with multiple buildings spread across a large site, staff and students will have to brave the less than favourable elements between lessons. There are the obvious safety implications to consider with this as well as comfort and security when the shorter hours of daylight available during the winter months are taken into consideration. A covered walkway that provides protection from the rain, wind and the sun, together with efficient lighting is a wise investment.

Green Roof Shelters

Green roof shelters can provide pupils with an excellent opportunity to bring the enriching and enlightening natural world closer to their everyday lives while helping to safeguard our environment and its fragile ecosystems. They provide a great opportunity to create pockets of biodiversity, encouraging a wide range of bees, insects, birds and butterflies, particularly in areas where the habitat has been eroded by urbanisation.

Dining Hall Extensions

Optimising capital spending to meet the demands of a growing student intake is a challenge for many in the educational sector, with existing building space already filled to capacity and a shortfall in the necessary funding to initiate full-scale modifications using traditional building techniques.

This is the challenge that Streetspace Zone Dining Halls were designed to fulfil, where outdoor space adjacent to existing buildings, has been identified with the potential to accommodate a new enclosed dining area extension. The Streetspace design team work closely with your school to create spacious dining facilities in a stylish, temperature moderated, glazed extension so premium learning space could be freed up in the core building.