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Eastington Primary School - Bespoke Tensile Fabric Structure.

09 December 2010

Tensile Solutions designed, supplied and installed this bespoke tensile fabric structure at Eastington Primary School near Stroud in Gloucestershire.

The school required an outdoor classroom over their Early Years Playground. Sympathetic design was of paramount importance as this stunning old Victorian school sits in a beautiful Cotswold Village.

This freestanding contemporary fabric structure takes its cues from the curved stone arches that sit over every door and its clean lines and minimalistic design ensure a clear and protected area underneath for the children to play and learn.

Working closely with Gloucestershire County Council, the Headmaster, Malcolm Strang, Teachers and Governors, a solution was found that was both aesthetic and functional.

Tensile Solutions provided a turnkey solution for the school including groundworks and making good.

The fabric used on this structure is a silicon coated glass fabric and adds further benefit. It is very strong and durable and has a lifespan of 20+ years (at the end of which it is fully recyclable). It  blocks 100% of UVB radiation so the children are protected from harmful rays but lets through all UVA so plants underneath can still photosynthesize. This is just as well as there are large planters with flowers and vegetables underneath part of the structure now! It also has one of the highest translucencies of any architectural fabric letting through around 40% of visible light.   

“The development of an Early Years outside learning area was a key initiative for the school. Tensile Solutions worked closely with the governors, staff and pupils to design and install a fantastic canopy that is sympathetic to our existing Victorian building enabling the children to extend their learning beyond the classroom environment. As a relatively small rural school with a restricted site (and budget!) we were impressed with the efficiency and professionalism demonstrated by Tensile Solutions who have made a real impact on the provision we offer our young learners. Thank you.”

 Malcolm Strang - Headteacher, Eastington Primary School, Gloucestershire