Wokingham Borough Council
A new £32.5 million secondary school has been built for 1200 students by Wokingham Borough Council on the site of an old garrison in the Reading area.
Setter Shelters worked with Dawnus Construction to deliver an 85m-long timber walkway canopy at Arborfield School in Reading.
The original design for the canopy was deemed too expensive by the client, and so Setter Shelters was approached to redesign the canopy with value engineering in mind. An alternative solution was proposed for the walkway canopy that satisfied the client, architect, and main contractor.
Construction then commenced in close co-operation with the main contractor who set the concrete pads for the walkway to be installed onto.
The canopy sits on steel feet and utilises glulam timber beams for the uprights and rafters, producing a design that combines modern construction techniques with traditional timbers.
In order to keep the walkway cool and inviting, opal polycarbonate roofing sheets were chosen, which reflect 98% of harmful UV rays.
Rainwater is collected in a neat and orderly fashion in aluminium box guttering, which was powder-coated to match the building.