Forget Tasting the Rainbow, You Can Build a Rainbow

As we supply many of our structures to schools and nurseries, we therefore offer a range of colourful canopy upgrades to make the outdoor areas bright, cheerful and fun. One of our favourite upgrades for schools most definitely has to be coloured polycarbonate. These roof sheets completely transform canopies, even with a standard white frame, they brighten the structure immensely. However, my most favourite feature is not only do they brighten the structure, but they brighten the area underneath too; … Continue reading

Children No Longer Need To Be Crammed

As schools expand, there is a premium in space. One school in the South-West of England has even taken to putting some children into 63-strong classes. As a result, many feel that children are getting crammed into them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many schools are aware of the need to provide space for children to play and learn. The learning environment is vital for the success of education. If children feel too crowded or … Continue reading

Installation Focus: Telferscot Primary School, Balham, London

We all know the importance of a canopy to increase the playing and educational area of your school and classrooms during wetter and colder periods of the year. That is why BRM Associates approached us with a project to add a school canopy at one of the schools they look after. We’ve worked with BRM Associates on a number of projects, so they understood the range and quality of the products that we can supply to their clients for a … Continue reading

Selworthy School – Hazelbrook Campus, Somerset

End User: Selworthy School – Hazelbrook Campus Customer: Somerset County Council Contractor: Willmott Dixon Products Installed: x7 canopies, x2 umbrellas and x2 shelters Last month we completed our portion of the extensive £9m works at the all new Selworthy School’s Hazelbrook Campus in Taunton, Somerset for Willmott Dixon and we’re thrilled to show you the photos. Through the Scape Major Works Framework, Somerset County Council have expanded Selworthy School with a brand new campus that will cater for their Secondary … Continue reading

Cranfield C of E Academy Gets A Canopy

Cranfield C of E Academy has recently had a new school canopy installed at their site. There was a new school built in September 2016, but they lacked the cover that can be essential in hot weather, especially in hot weather like the UK has experienced this year. Therefore, the school contacted us to supply them with a canopy. Originally, the school’s leadership team were interested in the Shade Sails for the area. However, after consultation, explanation of the benefits … Continue reading

Able Canopies Ltd. Deliver Covered Outdoor Spaces for New Totnes Primary School

As part of a £7 million construction of the new Dartington Church of England Primary School, Able Canopies Ltd. designed, supplied and installed a number of bespoke timber canopies to provide versatile outdoor spaces for pupils and teachers. The new £7 million school in Totnes, Devon, replaced the previous eco-school which opened in 2010 but vacated in 2014 due to serious and persistent issues with the roof. The new development, which consists of 12 classrooms and a range of modern … Continue reading

Adaptable, skilful and practical

Being flexible is part of our make up. The skills and products that we use for canopies can often be adapted to other uses around a site to ensure a coherent approach to the use of materials and a co-ordinated finished look to the new structures. A recent installation at Ashmole Primary School is a good example of this. Included in the work was a straight forward free standing Tarnhow mono canopy that created a new play and learn area … Continue reading

Made in the Shade

It’s been a long hot summer already and with a couple of months still to go it seems like a good time to talk about one of our most popular summer products – the shade sail. Like flip flops, sun hats and eating ice cream outdoors, shade sails are one of those things that only come to mind when the sun is shining …which is no surprise. Because of that heightened seasonality it is worth reminding ourselves of the circumstances … Continue reading

Top of the class

We are proud of all the canopies, shelters and accessories that we offer. But like most companies, even if we sometimes don’t like to admit it, we have a favourite product. What elevates a product to treasured status? It might be the one that has been around the longest, or the one that has the most applications or the one that is the most popular with customers. Or, as in the case of our Coniston, all three of those reasons. … Continue reading

Colour Co-ordinated

This recent installation at Pineham Barns Primary School in Northampton was our first use of coloured polycarbonate. As the pictures show the results are quite striking. The use of coloured polycarbonate allowed the colours of the new canopy roof to be matched to the Schools’ own corporate colours. The installation not only looked good on completion but also demonstrated that the specialised panels worked excellently with our own rafter bar, meaning this type of work can be tackled in a time and … Continue reading