By Will Soutter
Children of St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School generally use the rooftop of their school as a playground as the school is located in a congested area of Marylebone.
To protect them from extreme climatic conditions, a new awning is being provided as a cover over the roof of the school. This would allow the 230 school children to play in the open air and the awning would provide protection from the blazing sun.
Organisations such as HOK, Ridgeford Properties and engineering consultants Alan Baxter & Associates are partaking in this project. Conceived by the architects at HOK, the awning comprises three blue and yellow steel scaffolds denoting the colours of the school, which would be covered by three big, white sail-shaped canvases.
Chris Murray, the school governor who headed the campaign to procure financing for the project as well as the managing director of London construction company Ridgeford Properties, expressed gratitude for the contributions from organisations such as HOK and Alan Baxter as well as the neighbourhood in making this project a reality.
St Vincent’s head teacher, Marina Coleman also expressed her thanks to the local businesses and other contributors who made it possible to provide a safe play space outdoors for the school children.