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Structural glulam timber and CLT offer lines and curves to create truly inspiring outside spaces


“keep pupils dry,” is the framework. Steel, aluminium and timber form the ‘holy trinity’ of materials, bespoke engineers tending to opt for steel or timber and the more ‘ready-made’ resellers generally favouring aluminium, with different resulting levels of longevity, strength and finish. Lightweight and easy to handle, aluminium provides a canopy option for the architect which requires minimal investigation. In fact, with the plethora of aluminium canopy resellers operating through the UK, the onus is passed to a cost consultant or quantity surveyor to simply choose the lowest price. The sheer strength of steel, and its ease of handling through the fabrication process, make it the medium of choice for the bespoke canopy contractor. Here, sweeping lines can be formed to follow the flow of a building, arching corners enhancing the


overall building, all without negating the structural integrity of the finished canopy. With the same colour palette available as aluminium for the finish, the architect has the same option for visuals, but with the added benefit of design. In my opinion, when applied correctly, nothing can detract from the warmth of a timber canopy. Offering a contemporary contrast with the most modern of builds, structural glulam timber and CLT offer lines and curves to create truly inspiring outside spaces. Specified correctly, these also tick a big box for planners, educators and authorities alike, as a sustainably sourced timber canopy ‘gives back’ by creating warm, welcoming spaces that also provide strong green credentials. While the immediate future remains unsettled, it is clear that correctly enhancing outside space when planning any project in a school is key. While temporary solutions are being put in place to cover short-term issues, there are abundant long-term benefits of robust solutions for dining, playing and learning outdoors.


Fraser Dixon is business development manager at Fordingbridge


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