JD Sports

Creating a super-sized sheltered staff smoking area at JD Sports' distribution centre in Rochdale.


JD Sports is one of the leading trainer and sports fashion retailers in the UK, with more than 800 stores across the country.

The requirement

JD Sports were significantly expanding their distribution warehouse in Rochdale and turned to us because they wanted to create a dedicated sheltered smoking area for their staff as part of the project.


Size and support were the two most challenging areas with this particular project.

The smoking area needed to:

  • Be large enough to cover the entire outdoor space that ran alongside the expanded warehouse, which spanned 14x6m
  • Incorporate as few supporting posts as possible, which would help guarantee the shelter was an obstruction-free zone

The solution

We decided to install one of our Connekt back-to-back canopies because:

  1. This particular system features central supporting posts
  2. The cantilevered roof extends in both directions, making it large enough to cover the entire length of the extended warehouse

The spec

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8 steel supporting posts
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16 brackets
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42 fibreglass roof sheets
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16 lengths of aluminium fascia
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5 days to install
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4 Canopies UK installers


JD Sports’ warehouse staff in Rochdale can now go outside for a cigarette break without having to worry about the weather, especially in the winter. What’s more, the area is so large, it can easily be used by several people at once.

In fact, JD Sports were so impressed with the finished product and how it ticked all of their boxes, that they ordered a second canopy from us. It will be used for their main entrance and to shelter staff from the elements during shift changes.

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