Marylebone Schoolchildren get new Canopy for Rooftop Playground
LONDON, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Schoolchildren using one of London’s most unusual playgrounds are now receiving
year-round protection from the weather, following the construction of a new canopy.
As St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School is situated in a densely packed part of
Marylebone, the playground is situated on top of the school’s roof. The new canopy makes
it safer for the school’s 230 pupils to play outdoors by shielding them from the sun.
Designed by leading architects HOK, the canopy consists of three blue and yellow steel
frames which represent the school’s colours, covered by three large, white, sail-shaped
Several companies donated their time and effort to make the canopy a reality,
including HOK, Ridgeford Properties Limited [http://www.ridgeford.com ] and engineering
consultancy Alan Baxter & Associates.
“Given the current economic climate, we were hugely grateful that firms like HOK and
Alan Baxter were generous enough to donate their time and effort,” commented Chris Murray,
the school governor who led the fund-raising drive and managing director of leading London
development company, Ridgeford Properties [http://www.ridgeford.com ]. “We would never
have succeeded without the whole-hearted support of the neighbouring community.”
“It is so important that children get the opportunity during the school day to play
outside and this new canopy allows us to make the most of our outdoor space whilst
protecting the children from the sun, which when we have rare glimpses of summer can be
incredibly powerful. We are very grateful for the support of local businesses which has
resulted in an impressive canopy and enabled our pupils to have a safer playing space,”
said Marina Coleman, the Head Teacher of St Vincent’s.
Notes to editors
About Ridgeford Properties Ltd
Ridgeford Properties [http://www.ridgeford.com ] is a property company that
specialises in high-quality commercial and residential developments. Since its formation
in 1996, Ridgeford Properties has created more than 500,000 sq. ft. of high-quality
accommodation in central London and is the leading property developer in the Marylebone
and Fitzrovia areas. Its success comes from adapting global real estate concepts in order
to provide London with imaginatively designed buildings that deliver exceptional value for
SOURCE Ridgeford Properties News