Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2021 | Issue 2.3


Summer is finally in full swing and time spent outside has never been more enjoyable, whether that be for recreation or taking lessons outside in schools. This edition of Play & Learn Outdoors is packed full with all the inspiration and ideas you need for teaching your pupils outside in the fresh air and raising those much needed funds for your school. So take a break, sit back, relax with a cuppa and have a read. Hopefully you’ll be able … Continue reading

Architect Newsletter: Outside Comfort Zone (May 2021)


Welcome to the Summer 2021 edition of Outside Comfort Zone; your quarterly dose of building design solutions for you and your clients. This months’ issue brings you a full detailed case study on how the installation took place at Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Glamorgan. We also discuss the most popular canopies of 2020. Read the full newsletter here: OCZ Summer 2021 Here’s our top news stories from this edition: Hillingdon Hospital Benefits from a 44m Entrance Canopy Last month, just two days before Christmas, … Continue reading

How Outside Time Can Help With Bad Behaviour

Since the return of schools after the lockdowns in the UK, there have been several reports of worsening pupil behaviour in school. In October 2020, two-thirds of teachers made this report and after the second lockdown, that number seems to have risen. While some have disputed this, there does seem to be some anecdotal evidence for this. Poor behaviour, if left unchecked, can have consequences. The first thing is that attainment levels can drop. This can affect school performance in … Continue reading

New RIBA Approved CPD: Bringing the Inside Out

When it comes to working on a project, there’s so many products to specify and it helps if you know a little about each of them. That’s why we’ve created our latest CPD called ‘Bringing the Inside Out’ which is fully approved by RIBA. The CPD is an easy to follow 23-minute online learning video so you can watch it in your own time at your own pace. It is currently only available to watch online via the RIBA website, … Continue reading

Keeping Children Safe In The Sun

As the temperatures rise in the UK and the longest day approaches, children are going to be spending more time outside. This is a great time for their physical and mental well-being, but there are also risks associated with spending too much time outside in the sun. For one, too much time in the sun can overheat children, especially those who are running around a lot and being very active. This can cause heat exhaustion or sunstroke. Another problem is … Continue reading

Summer Sports Events Can Be Hosted At Schools

The traditional sports days did not go ahead as planned last year due to the schools being shut. Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, this year’s traditional sports events might not go as previous events have. So, here are some ideas on how you can be inclusive if there are still restrictions in place. 1. Spread Out Sport Days One of the biggest problems will be having all the parents from your school on the school … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Add Canopies to Your Projects

When it comes to designing new buildings and landscapes for your clients, the ultimate goal (besides the artistic design) is to create an environment that is convenient, comfortable and enjoyable to be within. That’s why it’s well worth considering the addition of canopies in your concept design. Weather protection may not seem like a big issue however, providing cover from the weather over entrances, storage areas, outdoor dining benches and sales areas, makes the outdoor tasks much more enjoyable and … Continue reading

Reducing Waste in a Construction Workplace

As the years go on, new research continues to be published that makes the need to recycle and reduce waste more and more fundamental for the sake of our environment and wildlife. Many companies are starting to make big changes, particularly those in the construction industry, partly due to the UK governments target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We have therefore put together a list of ways that you can reduce waste in the workplace which will … Continue reading

Outdoor Homework Learning Ideas

Learning isn’t just about the lessons and the ideas students take from teachers in the classroom or under the school canopy. Learning opportunities are everywhere for children and home learning, whether formal or informal, is a great way for you to cement the ideas taught in school. During holidays, like half terms or even longer breaks, children should also be encouraged to continue some form of learning. Yet they should also be encouraged to be outside. So here are some … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Gardens in Care Settings

With the summer in full swing and the current COVID-19 situation, spending time outside has never been so popular. We’ve therefore outlined five of the greatest benefits that a canopy brings to care settings when paired with a therapy or nature garden. Socialising Outside is Safer Right now, it’s safer to spend time with others outside making your residents, staff and visitors feel much safer and at ease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Indoor spaces … Continue reading

Leaver Ideas For Your School

As the school year comes closer, you might be thinking of ways that you can say goodbye to your leaving students as they transition. Whether this is for year six children moving onto their secondary school or year 11’s moving onto A-levels, apprenticeships or those in year 13 looking at university/work, then there are plenty of options. The last two school years have been tough on students, no doubt. Those in year 11 have had their entire GCSE studies disrupted … Continue reading