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

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

Our 5 Minutes of Fame

Okay so we’re not famous however, we did have the pleasure of installing at a famous school and we’d be lying if we said we wasn’t a little excited about it! As big fans of ‘The Inbetweeners’, installing at the site that it was filmed, was something everyone at the office and onsite was talking about and we do love a little bit of excitement here at Able Canopies Ltd. HQ. The staff at Ruislip Community High School in Middlesex … Continue reading

The UK’s Most Popular Canopy?

The beginning of the new year, means many things, including fresh new figures that show the statistics of 2018. And naturally, this means we’ve calculated the total length of Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies supplied and installed in the year of 2018. In 2018, we supplied and installed a total of 1,142 metres in length of Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies. That’s 314 metres longer than the length of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa). It’s also equivalent to 114 double decker … Continue reading

Primary School Expands Covered Outdoor Area

Corsham Primary School in Wiltshire Expands Their Covered Outdoor Area to Enable More Outdoor Play and Learning Corsham Primary school in Corsham, Wiltshire were having various works completed at their school which was managed by Rigg Construction. Part of the works included removing an existing canopy which was in need of replacing. The existing canopy was outdated and due to its size, did not provide sufficient shade and shelter for the number of children required. As this area was outside … Continue reading

Able Canopies Feature in Campus Estate Management

Campus Estate Management is a cutting edge and informative magazine that is targeted at staff within education establishments from primary schools through to universities and colleges. We are really pleased that they chose to feature our case study about our innovative installation of a solar canopy at Bournemouth University. In 2017, we installed a bespoke Kensington Dual Pitch Solar Canopy at Bournemouth University to provide shelter to students and staff waiting for the buses at the university as part of … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors Issue – 1.3

Welcome to the third issue of Play & Learn Outdoors of 2018. Your source of fun ideas to expand a safe learning environment for your school. Inside our latest issue you will find outdoor learning activity ideas, dates for your diary, fundraising ideas and much, much more! To view our latest newsletter, please see below or click here to download and save a PDF version: Play & Learn Outdoors | November 2018 In this month’s edition: Put the fun back into fundraising Making your outside space … Continue reading

An award for teamwork and dedication

We were delighted to be selected as the winner of the B2B (business or business) category at the recent Essex Business Awards. The annual event, run by media giant, Newsquest Group, is the blue riband event in the regions business calendar and recognises the best that the county has to offer in entrepreneurship, business growth, innovation, marketing and customer service. The B2B award ‘is for companies demonstrating as part of their business to business strategy a successful track record of … Continue reading

Could Forest School Be Useful For You?

Did you know that nearly three out of every four children don’t play for one hour outside each day? Considering the significant benefits of outdoor play, it’s amazing more children don’t. Children might not go outside because they struggle to see the potential experiences and adventure available. This is where forest school can help. Forest school becomes an exciting third educator and can support learning in many ways. Children can learn fine motor skills, promote independence and help to raise … Continue reading

The latest edition of Outside Comfort Zone is available now

This edition of Outside Comfort Zone (our informative newsletter for all those interested in transforming outside space with high quality weather protection) has a bit of a theme running through it. It wasn’t until we sat back and looked at the layout that we realised we have gone a bit crazy for the timber installs. It’s all by circumstance rather than by design (it just happens that a lot of timber projects have finished at a similar time), but it … Continue reading