Shade Structures for Universities

Bespoke shade sails manufacturing for universities, schools and colleges

Making the most out of outdoor areas is essential for Universities, colleges and other educational facilities. They provide the  opportunity for staff and students to spend more time outside meeting, socialising and even studying. Shade sails are a great way to maximise your outdoor spaces  – learn more about our shade structures for universities.


Manufacturing and installation of shade structures for universities

As a leading manufacturer of high-quality shade sails, SD Sails offers premium, custom-made shade solutions to improve the outdoor space available to your university or school. As opposed to other shading alternatives, shade sails are cost effective,  durable, can withstand extreme weather conditions and they can be taken down and back up easily if needed. 

Shade structures for universities provide numerous benefits for teachers and students, including   protection from the sun to a place to stay cool  and enjoy outdoor teaching and learning. With SD Sails, you can even brand your custom shade sail with your corporate colours to build brand awareness and add aesthetic value.

Our bespoke solutions are perfect for customising shade structures for universities, and make them unique. From premium fabrics to colours and shapes, you will find the ideal combination for your needs. Contact us to get a custom quote, or get quotes in seconds for a solution using our unique Free Form technology.

Freeform canopy

Custom Canopy Manufacture

The Freeform concept is a unique system specifically designed to take the complexity out of tensile canopies

Bespoke Canopies

Bespoke Textile Fabrication

Wide range of shade & waterproof fabrics to transform your outdoor space.

Premium Tensile Fabrics

Shade & Waterproof Fabrics

We hold a huge stock of premium architectural fabrics ready to cut and fabricate to your order.

What are the benefits of custom shade sails for Universities?

1. High UV Protection

We all  love to spend time outdoors, especially during the warmer months. r. However, we often forget how damaging the sun can be  for our skin – it doesn’t even have to be that hot or  sunny outside for the damage to be done. 

In fact, studies have shown that cloudy days are equally as dangerous, and sometimes even more – partially cloudy skies were found to raise the UV-B rays by 25% and increased DNA damage up to 40% compared to clear skies. The sun still emits UV light during cloudy days, and over 90% of UV rays can pass through a light cloud cover and cause sunburn.

With this in mind, one of the biggest benefits of custom shade structures for Universities is high UV protection. They ensure that your outdoor area is fully covered, and everyone below the shade structure is protected from sun damage.

2. Cost-effective

Among the biggest benefits of custom shade structures for Universities is their cost-effectiveness. Compared to traditional solid shading structures, they are a lot more affordable. They are also extremely durable – a shade sail may last up to 10 or even more years with proper maintenance.

This means that you will not only reduce the initial investment for shading, but you will not have to worry about it for years to come. Learn more about our shade sails and bespoke canopy solutions.

Why SD Sails?

If you are still not convinced by the benefits of custom shade structures for Universities, here are a few more reasons why you need to shade your outdoor areas – and why SD Sails’ solutions will be the perfect choice for your project:

  • Provide shading for your University’s outdoor area with a warranty of up to 10 years;
  • Premium fabrics ready to cut and fabricate to your order, designed to match your brand;
  • Our fabrics block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting students and teachers from direct sun exposure;
  • Cover any area, no matter how large or irregular - which is often the case for many Universities;
  • Allow greater use of your outdoor areas for a more enjoyable outside learning;

Getting shade sail quotes for Universities

If you need custom shade structures for Universities, colleges, schools, or other educational facilities, getting quotes is easy with SD Sails. You can choose between two options:

  • Free Form Canopies – our unique technology for Free Form Canopies allows you to order custom canopies that fit your needs perfectly, from colours to size and fabric. Get an automatic quote generated for you in seconds!



Are custom shade sails a good shading option for my University?

Yes, custom shade sails are a great shading option for your University or college. They provide the much needed shade that students seek during the warm and sunny months, maximise the use of your outdoor areas, protect from the harmful UV rays, and add an amazing aesthetic value to your educational facility.

What are the benefits of University shade sails?

There are multiple benefits of University shade sails. They create an enjoyable space for outdoor meetings, socialising  and learning, allowing students to spend more time  outside more regularly, add a focal point to the area, and protect from the sun’s harmful UV rays. In addition, they allow lessons to be held outdoors, and can shelter parents at the end of the day.