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St. John’s Angell Town Primary School

London Borough of Lambeth

Peter Taylor Associates Ltd (PTAL)

Elliott Construction


Brixton, London SW9


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WeatherSpan freestanding canopies to modular new build primary school, including two in bespoke yellow RAL paint colour

St. John’s Angell Town Church of England Primary School is a newly built inner city school situated in the South London suburb of Brixton. Waverley were employed by contractors Elliott Construction for supply and installation of external canopies to this project.

The Project

The school buildings were of modular construction and so all canopies were required to be free-standing so as not to exert any load on the building structure. Modular buildings are becoming increasingly popular as local authorities need to provide more schools faster and cheaper to meet the growing demand. This demand for faster, more cost-effective construction has led contractors to look for alternatives to conventional bespoke steel canopies that will cut costs, reduce lead times and require less disruption on site in the form of large concrete foundations and a protracted installation times on site.

The Requirement

The architects’ design for the school included free-standing mono-pitch canopies to provide shelter from the elements for waiting parents, and also to create an inspiring covered learning area as an alternative to the classroom.

The Installation

Waverley’s WeatherSpan canopies are the ideal compliment to modular buildings. Consisting of extruded aluminium profiles with a polycarbonate roof, we hold stock in our own factory meaning we can offer short lead times.

By using aluminium instead of steel, WeatherSpan canopies have the same wind and snow load capacity as steel framed canopies but are significantly lighter. This means the size of foundations required are less.  In fact, on this project Waverley cast the canopy posts in concrete while the canopy was erected. This saved the contractor time, hassle and money.

Our canopies are available in two powder coat finishes as standard: White and Anthracite Grey. Profiles can however be powder coated to any RAL colour, and in this instance a yellow shade was chosen for the parent’s waiting area canopies at the front entrances to match the school’s house colours.

Canopies to the classrooms were supplied in White.

Sleek design blends well with modern building

The canopy’s simple design with all gutters and down pipes hidden inside the canopy frame compliments the modern design of the new school building. The fresh yellow shade of the entrance canopy in particular provides a striking contrast to the grey brick.

Made entirely of 100% non-corrosive materials (aluminium and polycarbonate) the canopy provides the school with a zero maintenance solution that will continue to look new for years to come. Parents have a sheltered waiting area at the beginning and end of the day and children have a stimulating outside learning area protected from rain and harsh sunlight.

What They Say

“We have worked closely with the school, community and local authority to design a new school that provides a clear urban strategy, responding to the street and with a welcoming entrance and clear identity” – PTAL

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