Teaching Children To Accept Mistakes Rather Than Be Afraid Of Them

Thomas Edison is famous for saying: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He knew the importance of making mistakes and their part in learning how to accomplish things. Students today have to have the same mentality. They need to learn to embrace mistakes, analyse what went wrong and then make changes to try again and get it right. A classic example here is in maths. Sometimes marking is only done on a right or … Continue reading

First Look Photos: Hailsham Community College Primary Academy

In August 2019, we installed a mammoth of a canopy at Hailsham Community College Primary Academy in East Sussex. We are working on a full case study for the next edition of Outside Comfort Zone however, we couldn’t wait to share the finished photos with you. The canopy is a whopping 75 metres long with a 3 metre projection. Although it is a bespoke canopy, the design is based on the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy and features large steel beams … Continue reading

Another Fire in High Rise Accomodation Raises Concerns

In November (2019) another fire broke out on a multiple occupancy high-rise building; flames tore through a block of student flats in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Thankfully no one lost their lives however, two people were treated at the scene by paramedics. The incredible lifesaving work from 200 fire fighters and 40 fire engines managed to prevent another mass tragedy however, it begs the question, why are these buildings still covered in flammable materials? This situation could have been prevented; with … Continue reading

Looking After Your Canopies in the Colder Months

As the leaves start to fall of the trees and the weather gets colder, it’s important that we look after our outside structures to ensure they are well maintained to reduce the risk of damage that the elements can cause. Whether we are forecast snow for the months ahead or not, we should still be mindful of the possibility of snow because whilst our canopies are strong, the excessive weight that snowfalls place on them, could cause avoidable damage. It’s not just snow that can … Continue reading

St Giles Hospice

In Spring 2018, we were specified by IDP Architects for a free-standing canopy and a cycle shelter at Burntwood Retail Park in Staffordshire. The location was previously a factory site and was in the process of being renovated for various retail units including a new store for St. Giles Hospice. Our products that were specified included the Kensington Mono-Pitch Free Standing Canopy which features a contemporary 200mm x 200mm x 6mm steel box section frame that is covered with a … Continue reading

Create a Team Spirit Between Pupils and Staff

When it comes to educational plans, there is often talk about creating the group experience or community spirit. However, how does that work in a busy educational setting? What can be done so that students (teachers and parents) don’t feel alone while with you? Here are some of the key tips that can make all the difference. Leadership Counts One of the key aspects, according to Joe Sanfelippo, a leadership expert for schools, is that leaders need to show that … Continue reading

Ideas For Outdoor Play Sessions

When it comes to the new school year, there’s going to be a lot of excitement from children who are excited about their new classrooms, teachers and even new schools. Many of the children will also be looking forward to going outside whether the weather is wet, cold, sunny or warm. Learning outside is a fantastic opportunity for many children. It helps to develop confidence, social and fine-motor skills – all important for every day life. Playing outside is also … Continue reading

£7.8m Renovation for Derbyshire School

Murray Park Community School in Derbyshire were undergoing a huge £7.8m renovation which included a new school building featuring 15 new classrooms, a reception area, office space and canopies to the exterior. Able Canopies were invited to tender for the works, and we were more than happy to, particularly because we had recently completed a number of successful jobs for Wates Contraction who were managing the new project. These projects were at Westbury School, Bluecoat Primary School, Poplars Farm Primary … Continue reading

How To Maximise The Use Of Your PE Areas

Every school has a PE area, but not everyone utilises them to their full potential. Physical education is very important for the development of children. Not only does it help to develop their physical skills, but it can also help with confidence, emotional, and interpersonal skills. So, how can you maximise the use of your PE areas? Here are some suggestions: Redecorate Your PE Areas The first thing you want to do is to redecorate your PE areas. The more … Continue reading

The Product That is Taking the Industry by Storm

We’ve been so busy lately that it feels like an age away that we introduced you to our new range of aluminium decking. This product range has taken the market by storm and enquires and orders have been flooding in. However, between the mayhem we have managed to squeeze in the launch of a new product to add to the range; Fire Resistant Flat Balcony Decking. Sound familiar? Well yes it may, we have an existing product called Fire Resistant … Continue reading