Manchester Academy Canopy Installation

Canopies UK to install additional canopy at Manchester Communication Academy


Canopies UK carried out a double canopy installation in 2011 at the newly-built Manchester Communication Academy. Due to the success of the project the Academy has been in contact and asked them to install a 3rd canopy for a different area.

Previously, the Academy called in Canopies UK to install two large canopies over an outdoor seating area, in order for the valuable space to be utilised more effectively as a covered eating, recreational or teaching area. This is a move that is mirrored by many British schools, with OFSTED and the ‘Every Child Matters’ Manifesto strongly promoting outdoor learning.

The Academy’s Facilities Manager made an appointment with the Canopies UK sales team, which was followed up with a site survey. At the company’s Darwen-based production facility, in-house Structural Engineers designed the canopies to EN1991-1-3:2003 (the industry standard for wind and snow loading) before they were transported and installed by the specialist installation team.

MD Elaine Morris explains: “Canopies UK was contracted for this project back in 2011 because we were able to offer the high-spec products required, within the Academy’s budget. The client was delighted that the installation was completed in just three days, meaning minimal disruption for staff and pupils.

“We have specialised in canopies for education for several years, so we know exactly what is required to ensure a project runs smoothly: we can take care of all relevant site calculations, building regulations, planning, health and safety requirements and surveys. All of our installation teams are employed by the company and are CRB checked.

“Our canopies provide valuable year-round shelter against the elements and in the hot summer months, they will protect students from sun-related skin damage thanks to a Melinex gel coating which acts as a translucent UV filter.”

“It is great news when existing customers return; it shows that they were impressed with the company and more importantly the existing canopy. We look forward to installing the 3rd canopy at the end of October”

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