"The construction went smoothly as the team were very skilled in this area. We would have no hesitation in recommending Shade Systems to any schools or property developers, the children and the community just love it (the COLA)."Noel Timms, Caretaker - Glenbervie School
Constructing the COLA canopy at Glenbervie School in Whangarei proved to be a lesson in patience for both Shade Systems and the school itself, as the project dragged through 18 months of planning and negotiations with the Ministry of Education. Applications were submitted and resubmitted, changes were made to plans and just when it seemed like the school might never get the canopy they so badly wanted, consent was granted and construction got underway quickly.
The finished canopy, which covers two thirds of the schools top court area, has turned what was before a rather ordinary court space into an all-weather sports area, gala day central point and assembly area that can be used year round. Netball tournaments, both school based and those including wider community members, are held here on a regular basis.
Delighted with the completed structure
The construction of the Glenbervie COLA is slightly different to that of other schools. Most canopies have the arch of the roof running across the court widthways, whereas this COLA runs the opposite way. This was to allow the extension of the structure across further courts at a later date. While not necessarily recommended (the higher sides offer much less protection against inclement weather than those of a traditional COLA canopy), this structure has still transformed the court into an area that can be utilised by both school and members of the community, regardless of the weather.
Needless to say, Principal Paul Shepherd and the staff of Glenbervie School say the months of waiting and red tape were all worth it and are delighted with the completed structure.