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Architects and Specifiers

Welcome to Able Canopies Service for Architects

We have many years of successfully working with architects to add stylish, high quality weather protection to their projects. By transforming outside space in this way, we can help you enhance your site with outside learning or dining areas, provide efficient shelter between buildings, or even safe cycle storage and high performing sun protection options.

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Download our Technical Files Online

Able Canopies - NBS BIM LIbrary - Canopies & SheltersOur canopy and shelter products are available on the NBS BIM Library. We have over 70 BIM objects in user friendly formats to help with planning and specifying.

We also have a Specifiers website where you can download STL, DXF and IGES files. Contact us for your unique log-in details.

Hello, how can I help?

Josh Foord - Project Account Manager - Able CanopiesMy name is Josh, I am a Project Account Manager at Able Canopies Ltd. and I am here to answer your questions and to help you with your canopy project.

I work with architects, specifiers and contractors every day and understand the information that you will need to ensure that your job is specified correctly and delivered accurately on time.

I can assure you that with Able Canopies, you will be in safe hands and we will answer all your questions. Please see some of our previous projects that will tell you more about our capabilities and service levels. We are fully committed to the highest standards of quality and service delivery. This pledge is supported by independent certifications for service, processes and product quality from organisations such as ISO, CHAS and CE marked materials.

We will complete your project, on time, on budget and with minimum disruption.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me directly on 0800 389 9072.

For more information on our commitment to quality click here.

Outside Comfort Zone – our regular newsletter for architects and specifiers

Keep up with the latest in canopy design and materials to help you transform outside space.

Outside Comfort Zone - Architect Canopy Newsletter - Able Canopies Ltd.

For previous editions please click here: Architect Newsletters

CPD's Now Available

We are now offering free CPD's which you can view on our website.

CPD: Fire Resistance Requirements for Balconies on Residential Buildings:
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CPD: Bringing the Inside Out:
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Making Specification Easy

Our service for architects is based on our ability to provide the detailed product specification, design support and installation experience required to help your project come alive with an outside shelter solution that is both innovative and practical.

Specification of our products is made easy through our dedicated specification website.

BIM Products
We also have our products on the NBS BIM Library.

NBS Specifications
And our products feature NBS specs on NBS Source

We publish a regular newsletter for architects that will keep you up to date with new products and interesting installations. To get your copy of this free information please contact us

Highlights from our Product Options

Timber Canopies – Our Glulam Tranhow timber canopies (all from sustainable sources) work perfectly with contemporary and traditional buildings. The flexible designs mean they perform equally well as free standing or wall mounted canopies. A range of colour stains adds to their visual appeal. The Tarnhow range is cost effective and brings the natural look and feel of wood into the outdoor space.

Commercial Timber Canopies for Architects

Steel Frames – In contrast to timber structures our steel frames provide a different type of finish and a stylish architectural statement. The robust frames allow glass (as an alternative to polycarbonate) to be used in the roof panels. Neat guttering and down pipes make for an efficient design, along with a choice of RAL colours for the frame. Case Study here: Free Standing Steel Canopies installed at St John's CE Primary School

Commercial Steel Canopies for architects

Using Solar Energy – The addition of solar panels to a canopy structure can turn outside weather protection into a revenue generating, sustainable, corporate social responsibility achieving option. And they look great too. Find out more about our completed solar canopy instlalations here: Solar Canopy Installations

Commercial Solar Canopies for Architects

Large Span Canopies
– In our experience covering large spaces in schools and universities brings real benefits to campus life. New dining and social areas can become focal points and transform previously unusable space into vibrant locations. Our Tarnhow range, Hamilton large span canopy and our Welford Dome range, all provide the necessary cost-effective cover that brings added value to large scale new builds and refurbs. More here: Big Span Canopies

Commercial Big Span Canopies for Architects

Case Studies

Kensington entrance canopyOaklands Secondary School, London

Bouyges (UK) Ltd. commissioned Able Canopies to design, manufacture and install 5x bespoke steel canopies at Oaklands Secondary School in London...
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Grasmere Timber Clad shelterSt John's CE Primary School, London

In August 2016, we were contacted regarding a new build and enclosed link walkway project at St John’s CE Primary School in Enfield, London...
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Tarnhow Timber canopy Jo Richardson Community School, London 

Jo Richardson Community School is a large school in east London. In one part of the School there is a generous sized space that is enclosed on three sides by school buildings. The School has many courtyard spaces like this but this one is the busiest because... View Case Study

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Specify Our Products with Ease

Able Canopies have a product specification website exclusively for architects and specifiers - the Able Canopies Specification website.

Our Specification website has extensive technical details, technical drawing and specification information on all of our canopies, shelters, walkways, and shade sails to ensure you receive all information you need in one place, as conveniently as possible.

You will find useful information such as PDF and DXF CAD drawings, IGES and STL 3D Models and NBS plus Specifications along with the product benefits and images.

Technical drawings

If you would like access our specification website
please contact our expert team

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