Hitting the Big Time

We are immensely proud of all our installations but there are always the unique ones that stand out a little more than the others. They might be the one where we get to use a new material for the first time or have had to overcome the challenges of a difficult site, or maybe we’ve had to develop a unique fixing to finish a job successfully. And sometimes it’s just because the project is big. In the world of canopies, size … Continue reading

Encouraging teamwork in outdoor play

Learning is an essential part of preschool and much of this time is spent learning about the environment, maths, language and science. However, learning to interact with others is just as important, and teamwork is an aspect of that process. Effective teamwork will help children throughout their education – forming study groups, completing group tasks and then going on into their adult working lives. It can also promote compassion and awareness of the emotional needs of others – making social … Continue reading

The Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy

If you are looking for a reliable, robust and safe canopy that will seamlessly blend into your current premises, then there is no better product than our Coniston wall mounted canopy. It is one of our most popular products available because it is both versatile, durable and can be of unlimited length. Longevity When you buy a canopy, you need to know that it will last a long time to ensure that your investment is worthwhile. Our Coniston wall mounted canopy, like … Continue reading

Disability Access Canopies

It is a legal requirement that any development or building work must consider enabling access for people with disabilities. The Equality Act 2010, makes it clear that it is the responsibility of the service provider to make these changes where appropriate, and this can include access points. One of the products that Able Canopies provides helps schools, leisure facilities and retailers to meet these requirements while still looking stylish and professional. The Disabled Access Canopy isn’t just there to provide … Continue reading

Turn A New Leaf

Lessons taken outside are often centred on a core set of activities: bug hunts, plant identification, habitats or seasonal changes. It is often hard to conjure up lessons that go beyond these: but that needn’t be the case. Numerous lessons can be taken outside, and these are going to be more memorable, enjoyable and can be more relevant. For instance, studying the water cycle can be a great practical lesson on the playground after rain. Your students could see in … Continue reading

Offer More Freedom With An Outdoor Classroom/Canopy

Children love to play outside. It helps them understand the world around them and it’s more enjoyable. Even in the coldest weather, there are important lessons to be taught outside and fun to be had. But the wettest weather can sometimes dampen the spirits of children and restrict their learning. In the past, it might have been normal to declare limited use of outdoor space on wet weather days, but this is not the case now outdoor space is being … Continue reading

What are UV rays – and why we need protection from them

It is well known that sun’s UV rays can cause damaging effects such as sunburn, premature ageing, eye cataracts and a heightened risk of skin cancer. That’s why it is important to offer protection to the children and staff in your school with an outdoor shade structure that has built in UV protection to allow you to offer year-round UV protection whatever the weather. Some may think – why is UV protection so necessary in the UK – we don’t … Continue reading

Installation of the Month

Britannia Village Primary School was undergoing building works at their site in Newham, London. MT Build, a Building Contractors in Chelmsford that we were already working with, on project at a nearby school, explained that they needed an entrance canopy to provide weather protection to those entering and leaving the building that they had just finished constructing. Taking into consideration the budgets and the building style, we offered the school two canopies, The Kensington Junior Wall Mounted Entrance Canopy and … Continue reading

The Benefits of a Term Time Installation

Our highly skilled installation teams have completed hundreds of term time installations at nurseries, pre-schools, primary, secondary, SEN and independent schools across the UK. They have been specially trained to work safely and during school hours and all of our onsite operatives will be also be fully trained in health and safety, and DBS checked. We always do our upmost to ensure noise is kept to a minimum we can also stagger noisier operations around the school timetable – perhaps … Continue reading

Uses for a canopy – outdoor swimming pool cover

The main selling point of our canopies are that they provide cover from the weather to schools for outdoor play, outdoor learning and alfresco dining. However, canopies can create cover for so many more activities including swimming pools! Outdoor swimming pools are really popular during the summer months, but even on hot days we can have sudden downpours. A swimming pool canopy will enable children and families to continue having fun in the pool even when it’s raining! Also, if … Continue reading