Outdoor Classrooms

Teaching outdoors is the perfect way to combine the natural environment with more practical learning. Being outside can provide the stimulating environment school children need to learn, create and explore. Built to your school's individual requirements, each structure provides a sheltered space and can be used in all weather, providing shade in the summer months and shelter from the elements in wet weather.

If you are looking to create a natural outdoor classroom then there is no substitute for a thatched Lapa. These structures provide a unique outdoor teaching area for schools that can also be used as a quiet area during lunch breaks and playtime, an outdoor reading area or even a stage. There is no limit to the size of the Lapa nor to the integrations that can be made, such as bespoke furniture, heating, outdoor kitchen equipment and toilet facilities.

As an alternative to a traditionally thatched building, our outdoor classroom range includes contemporary gazebo structures for schools that can comfortably seat up to 30 children (age dependent and seated on benches) plus a number of integrations such as tiered seating, outdoor cushions and more. For schools we recommend our playground amphitheatre for maximum flexibility.

For further examples of previous outdoor classrooms and other buildings, please visit our Case Studies page or take a look at our Outdoor Classrooms brochure.


Example Outdoor Classrooms

Please use the tabs below to view further details about each size;

Example Dimensions
Depth: 5.5m
Width: 8m

Example Seated Capacity
Up to 30 on tiered seating

An outdoor classroom in the style of an Amphitheatre with tiered seating. Constructed from pressure treated timber, our experienced team can adapt this amphitheatre style of outdoor classroom to your needs - providing ramped access, feature points such as clocks, alternate roof finishes such as cedar shingle tiles or a thatch roof or a completely open sided structure with bench seating instead of tiered seating. 

"We are so happy with the building...incredibly professional at all times and nothing was too much trouble. I will recommend LAPA to others and have already had teachers from other schools popping in to take a look! Please make sure that everyone at LAPA knows how delighted we are with the project." Kendall Primary School

Example Pricing
Large Amphitheatre installed from;
£16,000.00 excl. VAT

Example Dimensions
Height: 4.5m
Diameter: 5m

Example Seated Capacity
Up to 20 on bench seating

Lapas are a stunning themed building that capture both the inspiring African nature of their origins, without being out of place in the UK with a beautifully thatched roof.
Adapted to any size or shape, your Lapa will truly be a unique outdoor learning environment for your school. Our experienced team will design and construct a Lapa that will meet all of your needs.

Example Pricing
Lapa installed from;
£13,000.00 excl. VAT

Materials, Accessibility and Funding

  • Each outdoor classroom is either handcrafted in our Kent workshop or constructed on site using natural hardwood materials. We are able to offer a selection of roof finishings; traditional thatch, Thatch Tiles or Cedar Shingle Roof Tiles. We can also offer Endureed® synthetic thatch if required.  Each of our premium oval buildings includes curved balustrades to add space, redwood timber structure for strength and a full internal timber roof to complete. Find out more about our wood choices and structural finishes via Our Workshop.
  • All of our outdoor classroom structures require a solid base but this can be constructed from raised decking should an appropriate area not be available. In such an instance each structure can be made fully accessible using integrated ramps.
  • We are happy to provide quotations in order to support funding applications. For further information regarding this or any other query please don't hesitate to contact us on 01732 884030.

Testimonials

About Us

The Lapa Company are suppliers of premium outdoor living products.

We supply traditionally thatched Lapas and a range of Thatch Tile and Cedar Shingle Roof Tile gazebos. We also offer a wide variety of timber via our Total Poles brand, and supply premium outdoor kitchen brands Fire Magic and BeefEater.

Our Ethos

We feel it is our responsibility to ensure we produce and distribute a responsibly sourced product and this is a priority when sourcing suppliers. Not all of our products are FSC certified, therefore please specify on your order if FSC material is required.

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