Flexible, future-proofed canopies by Fordingbridge

Flexible, future-proofed canopies by Fordingbridge

The pressure to fulfil many varied education targets is well documented and felt in the day-to-day running of all schools.

The quality of your school environment and projects involved in maintaining it is just one of these areas but one unique in being capable of directly impacting many key performance areas such as attainment and pupil well-being.

Time to focus and budgets to spend on these often larger projects is frequently pressurised meaning that the chosen solutions have a lot of expectation placed on them to be a success.

Fordingbridge is uniquely positioned to ensure that pressurised resources don’t mean compromised results. Instead, with a team of in-house experts experienced in the specific requirements of the education sector, Fordingbridge ensure that every project is met by our complete understanding of your needs and determination to design solutions completely in-tune with your requirements and budget.

Whether it be a simple entrance canopy or large Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA), every Fordingbridge canopy represents 50 years’ of experience across many sectors, honed to ensure you the best functioning, attractive, durable and sustainable solutions in the market place that will have a direct impact on the success of your school.

Whilst many people look within the walls of existing school buildings to answer the question of how to house increasing pupil numbers, the answer is often found in unlocking forgotten but valuable spaces in-between buildings and directly outside classrooms to literally and figuratively ‘extend’ the curriculum and spaces available for dining and socialising. Outdoor solutions in the form of canopies and walkways are often also a fraction of the cost of typical ‘build’ projects.

The challenge of how to achieve efficient budget spend by master planning your site, within the available budget structure is another pressing issue. To answer this, Fordingbridge canopies are able to be designed with in-built flexibility for extension and additions such as side cladding where a phased approach to large or long-term projects is the answer to limited funds.

Fordingbridge has also found that effective and innovative use of external environments can even result in additional revenue streams; a MUGA by day can, for instance, be rented out for community use out of hours. By day, our specialist large span steel or timber canopies capable of covering 20m in a single span can help ease the lunch-time pressure on dining halls by providing external covered dining space whilst by night they can transform into performing arts venues.

Our innovative and engineered approach ensures sector-leading functionality and aesthetics and complete peace of mind in relation to quality of product, value for money, installation and maintenance.

With Easter nearly upon us, thoughts will be moving from protecting pupils from Winter rain and snow to ensuring shade provision in the Summer term. With options of CE marked steel, timber and tensile structures along with a range of roof and side cladding choices, you can be sure that Fordingbridge has the external canopy solution to fit your project.

Fordingbridge work directly with schools, architects, contractors and LEAs, adding value to the whole or part of the lifecycle of your project.

For inspiration and to view a range of school projects installed across the country, see our Education case studies pages.

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