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

Finding Fresh Air in the Winter

The thought of taking lessons outside in the winter can be rather daunting. If you’re the type of person that feels the cold and avoids the winter air, you may be surprised at how much both you and your pupils can actually enjoy it. The key to enjoying time outside during the colder season is preparation – make sure you all have warm clothes and where possible layer up; gloves, scarfs hats coats and jumpers will keep you warm and … 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

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

£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

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

The Coniston: 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