Hillingdon Hospital Benefits from a 44m Entrance Canopy

Hillingdon Hospital Benefits from a 44m Entrance Canopy


  • Hillingdon Hospital needed to cover their entrance to protect staff, visitors and patients from the elements
  • The Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy was the perfect structure for the job
  • Ambulances can now pull up to the canopy to take patients into the hospital whilst keeping protected from the weather

Last month, just two days before Christmas, we finished installing six Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies at Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, London for The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This was a really interesting canopy to design and install, and the fact that we did it within a really quick turnaround made the challenge even more fulfilling (less than 7 weeks from initial contact to the installation).

The canopies were required to provide weather protection at the A&E entrance of the hospital which, like all hospitals, is one of their busiest entrances. This means we worked a mixture of days and nights to cause minimal disruption and to allow the A&E department to be accessible at all times.

The entire entrance to the A&E department is raised up with a ramp which meant we were unable to install canopy posts into the ground. Because our Coniston canopy is a robust commercial grade, permanent structure, bolting it to the ramp wasn’t an option. We therefore installed theses canopies with concrete pads which we have used for many installations in the past. They ensure the strength and durability to match the Coniston which is supplied with an impressive 10 year guarantee.

The Coniston which is extremely versatile in design, worked perfectly for this installation because while one of the canopies were wall mounted, the other five needed to be free standing due to the distance of the ramp from the main building. The Coniston can be transformed into a free standing canopy with the addition of rear posts therefore making it the perfect solution. By using the same canopy with slight modifications for all six structures, the end result was what looked like one large canopy with a seamless appearance.

Staff, patients and visitors can now enter the A&E department whilst keeping covered from the weather, they can also queue, make phone calls and take a break in the fresh air without getting wet in the rain, or too hot in the sun.

The canopy was also intended to keep patients and ambulance staff dry and sheltered whilst wheeling patients out of the ambulances into the hospital. The canopies were therefore designed with height in mind so that the ambulances can reverse up to the canopy and open their doors underneath for full weather protection.

If your hospital or healthcare centre is looking to provide similar weather protection to your entrance, or if you are a contractor or architect working on a healthcare project, the Coniston may be the perfect solution for you too.

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