About Christine

Christine is Able Canopies' Marketing Assistant Manager and is an advocate of outdoor learning. She is a big fan of fundraising and is always looking for fresh fundraising and outdoor learning ideas to share.

How To Make Outdoor Role-play Areas Work

Role-play is a great way for children to learn, play and develop. Children naturally like to emulate what they see on television, what their parents do, and copy what they’ve read in books. Children can benefit from role-play in several ways; including: Development of creativity and imagination. Enrich language and use of communications. Develop social and emotional skills. Enhance physical development. Unfortunately, many don’t see this. Some experts have come across parents who reject role-play as just a way for … Continue reading

Filling in the Gaps

Lakes Meadow, a care home in Coggeshall, Essex had an area that was an awkward shape within their grounds which they wanted to utilise by storing mobility scooters and keeping them sheltered from the rain. The area in question was in between two buildings and was 7.19m in length, 1.98m at the smallest opening and 6m at the largest opening. Because of the odd shape, the canopy would need to be bespoke to be able to over the whole area … Continue reading

Outside Comfort Zone Summer 2019

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Welcome to the Summer Edition of Outside Comfort Zone. In this edition, we have shared some ‘first look’ progress photos of a big project we are working on at Lexden Springs SEND School in Essex for Morgan Sindall. These photos haven’t been shared on any other platform so be sure to take a look. As you may or may not be aware, we have managed to secure exclusivity from Ali Deck who have designed and manufactured an exciting aluminium decking … Continue reading

We’re Springing into Action at Lexden Springs SEND School

Morgan Sindall secured a project for Lexden Springs SEND School in Colchester which was an £18.8 million overhaul and included relocating the school to a new site. The new school will almost double the number of pupils it can support by offering an additional 80 places, bringing the total places available up to 200. The finished project will also create 30 boarding places for pupils, as well as extensive car parking and landscaping works. We were very pleased to have … Continue reading

Aluminium Decking for Architects, Specifiers and Contractors

Introducing the World’s First Quick Fit, Slip Resistant Aluminium Domestic & Commercial Decking for Architects, Specifiers and Contractors We are extremely proud to have completed the launch of our new product range: Ali-Deck aluminium decking. Ali-Deck is the world’s first quick fit, slip resistant aluminium decking system and is expected to take the market by storm given last years’ change in fire regulations for high-rise buildings. Ali-Deck aluminium decking has a number of features which will encourage you to start … Continue reading

Calculating the ideal installation

Shane Jerram, Operations Director at Able Canopies discusses the importance of site-specific calculations to ensure each canopy meets all the relevant performance and safety standards.   There are a range of canopy products on the market to upgrade outdoor spaces into usable, safe areas in all weather conditions. The requirements for each job can vary depending on the end user needs – and to ensure the most suitable solution is installed, the specific site and potential weather conditions should always be … Continue reading

8 Ways a Shade Sail Can Benefit Your School

Shade Sails offer many benefits to schools and other educational environments. Below I have listed the top 8 benefits that shade sails offer, proving that shade sails really are the ideal sun canopy for schools. 1. High UV Protection Shade Sails offer high UV protection from harmful UV rays produced by the sun. Fortunately children are now spending more and more time outdoors however, we need to protect them from the risk of skin damage such as skin cancers. Our shade sails protects … Continue reading

How the Fire Safety Regulations in High Rise Buildings Affects Projects with Balconies

Since Dame Judith Hackitt filed her report for the Government in May 2018, awareness has increased dramatically regarding the risk of combustible materials used in high-rise buildings. So much so that as a result, a new regulation was set in place on 21st December 2018 which meant that combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls and features of new buildings over 18m high containing flats. This also applies to new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding … Continue reading

Able Canopies Receives Third ‘Perfect Delivery’ Certificate from Morgan Sindall

Here at Able Canopies we are extremely pleased to have secured yet another ‘Perfect Delivery’ certificate from Morgan Sindall. It’s our third Perfect Delivery certificate that we’ve received from them which was awarded for the works carried out at Ashmole Primary School in London in July 2018. What’s a perfect delivery certificate? On the Morgan Sindall website, they declare that in order to deliver focus to their philosophy, they have recognised five evident measures which they call their ‘Customer Commitments’. … Continue reading

Shade Sails for Schools

Shade sails are popular products within schools, not only because they look great, but  also because they provide protection from the sun, keeping the children underneath cool and protected. School Shade Sails are available in many different shapes and sizes and multiple shade sails can be installed together to create stunning shade sails arrays. Our Shade Sails are available in square or triangular shapes up to 6m wide each and there no limit on how many we install to create … Continue reading