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Outdoor classroom canopies

A tensile fabric canopy can provide a beautiful and inspiring outdoor classroom space, while being extremely practical and durable. Canopies from Aura will help you to meet the Ofsted requirement for outdoor learning with an attractive permanent solution.

The highly technical architectural fabric that we use will allow fantastic light transmission providing you with a teaching space that has plenty of light for reading, writing or creative activities. The harmful UV rays of the sun however will not penetrate the fabric, meaning that your pupils will be protected from the sun. Please refer to this page for our full fabric specifications.

Outdoor classrooms and play areas need to benefit your school during rain and wind not just on sunny days, so our fabric is completely waterproof. We have also made the decision to use steel (rather than aluminium) for all of our architectural structures. Steel is approximately three times stronger than aluminium (by size) and is key to our commitment to the durability of our structures. All of our canopies are designed to withstand a minimum of 120km/h (75mph) and minimum snow loads of 10cm according to BSI standards (please see individual canopy designs for full details).

Outdoor classrooms designed and installed to suit your needs

Whatever space you have available we can recommend the best style of canopy to meet your needs, whether the canopy is free standing, adjacent to the building or connected to it. You can choose whether to specify central columns, or legs at the canopy perimeter, depending on how you would like to use the space beneath. Central columns may be more difficult to work around in a formal outdoor classroom teaching situation but can allow pupils using the space as a covered play area freedom to move into an out of the space more easily.

Aura canopies are manufactured in the UK and are installed by our experienced team at the weekend or during school holidays to minimise disruption to your school days. Installation usually takes one or two days.

You can see our standard canopy shapes by clicking the links on the right of this page. This range has been developed through 20 years experience of school needs to provide you with the most cost effective modular shapes that can be linked together or combined to suit your site. If however you would like to talk to us about a bespoke design we will be delighted to suggest further ways that fabric architecture can really make a statement for you school and provide an inspiring outdoor classroom environment for years to come.

If you think that a canopy from Aura could meet your outside classroom needs please call us on 02392 001 322

An outside classroom from Aura:

  • Meet Ofsted recommendations
  • High light transmission
  • 100% UV protection
  • Designed to withstand minimum wind speeds of 120km/h (75mph) and 10cm snow load
  • UK manufacture
  • Flexible design options
  • 40 fabric colours to chose from
  • Minimal site preparation
  • Minimal maintenance – only requires an annual wash and check over which can easily be done by your maintenance team

From a UK market leader in school canopies with a wealth of experience

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