The Learning Space

School Tensile Fabric Canopy

Project Outline

Northants local council have been provided with Government and PFI funding to review the way in which school buildings are planned in the UK. The anticipation is that due to future shortages of Government funds, school development projects are likely to focus much more on the remodeling of existing spaces rather than new builds. To help inform these future projects a Learning Research Centre has been built near Corby where students, teachers, architects and builders can get together and conjure up virtual 3D and 2D model classrooms so that design efficiencies can be jointly worked out in cyberspace, rather than with costly bricks and mortar. 

The Learning Space

Our Solution

The paved courtyard required a land-marking feature that also provided useful external covered teaching space. This Malvern canopy was selected from our Pre-Designed range as a single, relatively low cost option that provided a solution to both of these requirements. The client chose a dark green for the steel masts with a cream for the PVC membrane. This was finished off with bright stainless steel membrane plates, cables and tie rods. The tensile fabric canopy also features stainless steel rainwater chains.

 

Results

The centre was opened by the Education Minister and the canopy provides an attractive sheltered area for outdoor learning. 

Fabric canopy for Learning Space School

Project Summary

Client
Lodge Park Technology College
Location
Corby, Northants
Date
2011
Architect
GSS Architecture
Contractor
Willmott Dixon
Fabric
PVC
Product
Bespoke Tensile Fabric Structures
Services
Design
Design
Project Management
Project Management
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
Installation
Installation
Maintenance
Maintenance