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School spec: covered!


Vicky Evans of Twinfix discusses how bespoke canopies and covered areas can create a style to suit each education site and location, giving specifiers the ability to offer schools something unique, but familiar


and installed, they can be eye-catching structures which provide additional learning space, eating space and play areas. They can be fitted almost anywhere, and can help to extend classrooms, providing fit for purpose entrance covers, as well as weatherproof covered walkways.


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Bringing the inside outside Canopies and covered areas are especially useful for providing outside eating and play areas, particularly in light of the unpredictable British weather. As the country looks to ease its way out of the Covid-19 lockdown, more covered outside space has been and will be needed as we move forward.


The mental and physical benefits of increasing the amount of daylight in our


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anopies and covered areas are an attractive and cost-effective addition to any school. Properly designed


environment have been well documented. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that not only do we feel better as a result of more daylight, but we also concentrate better, sleep better, perform better, recover faster, and are happier.


Daylight affects us unlike anything else; our desire for it is deeply rooted in our souls, making it something we desperately need. Studies show that adding daylight into design results in a demonstrable increase in academic performance, and improvements in the behaviour of students. Having a bright, open, versatile space which can be covered if needed, makes it not only exciting and fun to learn in this space, but makes a real feature of the outside.


Covering off the design


Each school is different with specific needs which require bespoke solutions to fit with the existing structures, the students, the


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