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Outdoor Space for Alverstoke School

Alverstoke C of E school in Hampshire, recognised the importance of providing an outdoor space for the children to connect with nature. They set about designing a peaceful garden, with our Bird Hide as a key focal point and feature of the outdoor space.

Graham Cutter, Head Teacher at Alverstoke said "We chose the arc as a central feature to our new spirituality garden, designed by the school's young governors together with a landscape architect from Hampshire County Council. We wanted a sheltered space where children could sit peacefully and reflect. The arc's windows look out on our woodland area and also represent one of the four elements of spirituality - 'window moments'"

The 3m long Bird Hide was supplied flat packed for self build, offering an affordable yet elegant solution for the school. Mark Panton, our Design Director, delivered the arc in person as he often does. Mark said, "I enjoy meeting customers face to face and never leave the site…

Sheltering the community at the Brockenhurst MUGA

Have you heard of a MUGA? The 'Multi Use Gaming Area'. An area dedicated to allowing the local community to socialise, play and have fun.

Brockenhurst Village Trust in the New Forest, worked hard to build a MUGA for their community to enjoy. After the ground works, fencing and leisure equipment, they decided they needed a shelter on hand for adverse weather and shade.
Lynsey Davis, BVT MUGA Leader said:

"Living in the New Forest we wanted something that would fit in with the local surroundings for our shelter. The MUGA and Scout Hut which is within the grounds where the shelter is sited are both wooden clad and wooden bound. We luckily found Alfesco Arc who supplied us with a wooden arc strong enough to house cattle, but beautiful enough to complement our MUGA. The Picnic Arc fits in perfectly with our requirements and is very much admired. The assembly was simple and straight forward."

Lynsey continues; "Our community couldn’t be happier with its Picnic Arc! T…

UK schools - the growing trend of outdoor learning

The days of being sat in a stuffy classroom all day are long behind us. Today schools are obligated to include a minimum amount of outdoor play and learning outdoors. This has seen the emergence in unique outdoor learning areas.

The classroom arc provides a beautiful, unique outdoor classroom for UK schools. Insulated for all year round use, schools and other organisations such as the National trust, have welcomed these innovative outdoors classrooms.

One of our first customers to buy our outdoor classroom was Renfrew High School in Scotland. They needed an outdoor classroom for their eco garden. On a tight budget, the school opted for a classroom arc without insulation and with canvas ends.

The children enjoyed building their own outdoor classroom, benefiting from hands on experience in woodwork and construction. They also felt a strong ownership of their outdoor learning space after they had worked as a team to build it themselves.

Once the classroom arc was ready for use, the chil…

A Graceful Solution

Do you want a beautiful structure built on uneven ground?
Are you building on flood risk land?These wooden arcs stand proudly on a raised platform, making uneven land a forgotten concern. The platform can be up to 8ft high, which is also handy for those in flood risk areas. The strong, galvanised steel struts support the arc and straddle uneven, sloping surfaces, making levelling and digging out a thing of the past. This saves planning obstacles, disturbance of protected sites and a great deal of money otherwise spend on groundwork. Those sites at risk from flooding can make the most of the 8ft clearance from ground level, which can make all the difference in our ever threatening climate. These arcs are ideal for garden office space, glamping accommodation, tree houses, play  houses and garden studios.

The arcs:
Are fully insulated
100% waterproof
Have been tested on Scottish wind farms for resilience
Have a 10 year guarantee
Arrive flat pack
Are assembled on site by expert craftsmen