External shelters are becoming more popular as architects aim to increase the provision of weather-protective canopies and walkways, expanding away from the building and making greater use of the outside space all year round.
These are covered units used for outdoor teaching, entrance canopies and dining areas, and offer shelter from the elements. Waiting covers, buggy parks and smoking areas also provide specific requirements and we have a range of these available too. Our external shelters include timber shelters, steel shelters, or shelters using tensile fabric components. We also have a range of solar shades to protect buildings and classrooms from the sun’s glare. All our shelter designs have been subject to wind, snow and imposed loadings calculations, carried out to BS EN 1991 Eurocode 1 (EC1 – Parts 1-1, 1-3, 1-4) and are fit for purpose. Also because most of our systems are modular, it’s extremely flexible and enables us to provide bespoke structures at a low cost.
Extending the classroom space into external areas creates a usable sheltered area linking the outside with inner learning environments.
Teaching outside gives pupils a change of environment to help boost their learning. These units provide pupils protection from the elements.
Create a welcoming statement with an entrance canopy or provide shelter from the weather when entering or leaving the building.
Sometimes the weather doesn’t wait for home-time and parents need a sheltered place to wait for their child at the end of the school day.
This hexagonal gazebo shelter is a perfect place for an external lesson. Taking learning outside but still sheltered from the elements.
While providing shelter from the rain pupils also need protection from the sun and solar shading canopies provide a cooling shady spot.
There is nothing worse than a wet seat and covering a selection of benches or seating with shelter will provide dry seating all year long.
With smokers being moved outside, smoking shelters, for employees, the public, university students or teachers, are used to provide a designated smoking area.