S102: Shade Sails / Evelina Children’s Hospital School

James Robertshaw provided the design, production and installation of a series of shade sails for the Evelina Children’s Hospital School, which is part of the Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Trust, Westminster.

The school is located on the third floor of the building, consisting of a glass atrium housing the children’s hospital, unfortunately during hot summer months the heat and glare from the glazed atrium becomes very uncomfortable for the children and teachers.

Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust approached James Robertshaw, having seen the firm’s installation of the shade sails they had designed and installed at the Nottingham College of Leadership, in a bid to help find a solution, without comprising the ambience and beauty of the atrium space.  James Robertshaw was successful in its bid and set about designing a bespoke solution for the school.

James Robertshaw’s solution was to design sail shades made of flame retardant, tensile, specialist screen fabric treated with a permanent anti-bacterial coating, which makes the sails easier to clean and reduce risks of infection.

The sail shades cover a 225 square metre area and range from a base height of four metres to a maximum height of eight metres.  The sails are tensioned one metre from the glass to allow easy window cleaning access.  James Robertshaw installed the sails over a weekend, so as to not impact on the school and used specialist installation equipment.

“We are thrilled with the Shade Sails by James Robertshaw and we know the children and teachers are too.  The project was not without its challenges but the team at James Robertshaw worked very closely with us and brought us along each stage of the design process.”

Anne Hamilton, head teacher, Evelina Children’s Hospital School

James Robertshaw
James Robertshaw