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The Vela 150 Shade Sail

The Vela 150 Shade Sail

In 2018, Paul Hooper, the Site Manager at Wexham Court Primary School in Slough, contacted Zenith to replace their old wooden structures with new canopies.

Ian Manners of Zenith quoted for 2 x 4m x 4m Airone Tipo 150 canopy structures, but unfortunately, at the time, the school didn’t have enough in their budget.

However, in October 2019, Paul Hooper asked for a re-quote.  The Head Teacher was very keen on Shade Sails.  This time Ian quoted for 2 x 4m x 4m Vela Sails but as with most sail structures, they do not have wind and snow loadings to UK Building Regulations.

So, as an alternative, Ian proposed the Vela 150 sail structure which do have wind and snow loadings to UK Building Regulations.  This time, the school had enough in their budget to order 2 x 4m x 4m Vela 150 structures in RAL 7037 grey metalwork and canopies in RAL 5002 blue.

The installation was completed on January 03rd  2020, in time for the return to school on Monday, January 6th .

The Vela 150 Structures are available in a range of standard sizes; 3m x 3m, 4m x 4m, 5m x 5m and 6m x 6m, but can be made to special order.  The metalwork is galvanised and can be powder coated in a choice of RAL colours. In addition, the structures also have a unique drainage system, whereby the beams act as gutters so rainwater runs off the canopies, into the beams, down through the leg columns and out through drainage holes at the bottom, or it can be linked to underground drains.


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New Canopies for Berkshire Wedding Venue

New Canopies for Berkshire Wedding Venue

At the end of 2018, Christina Jenkins of the Old Rectory contacted Zenith Canopy Structures regarding canopies for their new wedding venue in Padworth, Berkshire.

After several discussions, Ian Manners of Zenith, invited Christina to meet him at the Victoria Arms in Binfield and the Billingbear Golf Club near Wokingham, where Zenith had installed canopies for them in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

This gave Christina the opportunity to view the canopies in successful catering situations, whilst in operation. 

Both venues have easily retractable soft PVC sidewalls so the canopies can be used all year round, regardless of weather conditions.

After careful consideration, and Ian carrying out a site suvey at the Old Rectory, Christina and her family ordered 4 x 6m x 6m Airone Tipo 150 structures, linked to 1 x 6m x 3m Airone Pensilina 150 with RAL 7073 grey metalwork and canopies in RAL 7035 light grey. 

Rather than soft PVC sidewalls, Christina also selected glazed walls and doors, with dark grey contrasting frames.  In addition, they have added heating and lighting and internal drapes.

The Old Rectory is now an all year round wedding venue which can comfortably seat 120-140 guests and is also ideal for corporate hospitality events, birthdays, anniversaries or engagement parties.

The attached photos, by Megan Daisy Photography show what can be achieved with canopy structures and more than a little imagination.

The Airone Tipo 150 and Pensilina 150 structures are manufactuered in galvanised steel and can be powder coated in a choice of colours. The soft PVC canopies are UV resistant and fire retardant and are also available in a variety of colours.

The Airone Tipos are available in a range of standard sizes, 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m and 7m and being modular, have an add on capacity. The canopies can also be made to special order.

They also have a unique drainage system, whereby the beams act as gutters so rainwater runs off the canopies, into the beams, down through the leg columns and out through drainage holes at the bottom, or it can be linked to existing drainage.

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Reception class canopy

Reception class canopy

In early September, Lee Adkins, the Site Manager of Burstow Primary School in Smallfield, Surrey contact Zenith Canopy Structures regarding a canopy for their reception playground.

Ian Manners of Zenith, carried out a site survey and provided Lee and their Business Manager, Wendy Iball, with three options from our range of canopies most suited to schools.

After further discussions with the reception class teachers, they selected 1 x 4.5m x 5m Simplicity 35 Series canopy.  They selected the Simplicity 35 as they were all impressed with the design, which includes integral guttering, an extremely strong 35mm structured polycarbonate roof and a ‘goal post’ system that allowed us to install the structure as a standalone canopy opposed to fixed to their building. The school chose the aluminium framework powder coated in white with a 35mm opaque polycarbonate roof.

They placed their order on October 15th and were delighted that Zenith were able to manufacture and be able to deliver and fit on Monday 04th November, which was an inset day, prior to school returning on the 05th November, after their half term break.

Wendy said ‘the school are delighted with the canopy and the children are now able to play outside under cover all year round’.

Our research has told us that covered outdoor play and learning has proven to improve pupil engagement, now the reception class at Burstow can go outside for play or lessons whatever the weather.

Zenith has a wide range of canopies to suit all budgets and with 30 years’ experience in supplying canopies for education are the ideal choice when looking to cover your outdoor area.

Our structures are available in steel or aluminium frames, we use a selection of roofing materials including PVDF coated PVC, UV protected polycarbonate, or clear, tinted or self-cleaning glass.


For more information, call us on 01189 789072 or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com

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Glass Canopy to Cover Seating Area

Glass Canopy to Cover Seating Area

Glass Canopy Installed at The Police Rehabilitation Centre

At the end of September 2017 The Police Rehabilitation Centre at Flint House, Goring -on-Thames contacted Zenith Verandas as they wanted a covered outdoor area in their idyllic gardens.

The canopy selected was a 5m x 3m Simplicity Series 6 Veranda Canopy with 6mm clear toughened glass. The framework is manufactured in aluminium and was powdercoated in grey to match the surrounding buildings. In keeping with the surroundings the Victorian Upgrade option was also included to consist of gallows brackets and column bases.

The project also incorporated Zenith’s landscaping service where they dug out and levelled an existing flowerbed and installed patio slabs to the match the existing pathway.

Zenith’s install team carried out the site surveys, produced drawings, prepared risk assessments and method statements prior to installation to ensure a safe working environment for the project.

Based in Wokingham, Zenith provide a nationwide service installing tensile canopy structures, glass and polycarbonate canopies in standard modular sizes but can produce bespoke sizes to special order. Brian Richards, The Estates Manager who coordinated the project was delighted with the Veranda Canopy and said,

“ Our residents are now enjoying a covered outdoor area to sit and relax in all weathers”

The Police Rehabilitation Centre provides the highest standards of individually planned, intensive rehabilitation services for sick and injured, serving and retired police officers.


 Ian Manners of Zenith said,


“ As the Rehabilitation Centre is a charitable organisation we were pleased to supply the canopy at a very competitive rate”

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Glass Canopy Cover at London School

Glass Canopy Cover at London School

In February Chris Wright the Estates Bursar at Emanuel School in Battersea, South London, invited Zenith to quote on a canopy to cover their pupils from the elements whilst queuing in the playground outside the dining room. 

Ian Manners of Zenith presented several options, which included visuals to the school and Chris and the senior management team selected an 8m x 2m Simplicity 6 Series glass canopy with a Victorian upgrade which is more in keeping with the surrounding buildings. 

The framework is manufactured in aluminium and was powdercoated in blue to match the school colours. The canopy is made from 6mm toughened glass.

When the pupils returned for the start of the summer term they were delighted to see the new canopy which will protect them from the sun, wind and rain all the year round whilst waiting to enter the dining room.

If you would like more information on our canopies for schools call us on 0118 978 9072 or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com


Glass Canopy




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Canopy Maintenance and Cleaning

Canopy Maintenance and Cleaning

During the Easter holidays Zenith carried out their annual canopy maintenance and cleaning service at several schools that have had canopies installed. 

It is very important to carry out an annual or biennial clean of canopies to ensure the canopies remain looking good. It also prolongs the life of the canopies as regular cleaning protects the lacquer on the PVC material.

As part of the service the integral gutters are emptied and cleaned. It is amazing how much debris can end up in the gutters from leaves, twigs and dirt to tennis balls, plastic water bottles and other objects. 

In addition, a full safety check of all fixtures and fittings is carried out. Furthermore we are happy to undertake the cleaning of canopies installed by other suppliers.

Zenith have been installing their Airone Maxline range of canopies in the UK for over 20 years and as a result of regular cleaning have not had to replace any yet due to degradation of material.

It makes sound financial sense to maintain your canopies on an annual or biennial basis and as well as one-off maintenance visits Zenith have various schemes available for contract cleans over one to five years.


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Large Playground Shelter to Primary School in Berkshire

Large Playground Shelter to Primary School in Berkshire

Winnersh Primary School Canopy Club

The Children at Winnersh Primary School are now running a 'Canopy Club' during school lunch times.

The poster at the school advertising the 'Canopy Club' states:

  • Lots of stuff to do 
  • For any year
  • Games, word searches and FUN, FUN, FUN !! 

The 'Canopy Club' is an example of another innovative way in which schools are using canopies for outdoor play.

Since installing the canopy in July 2015 the school have used it for outdoor eating, a quiet area, the 'Canopy Club' and Christmas carol concerts.

The 9m x 9m Airone Max structure is manufactured in galvanised steel and powdercoated in the school colours. The eye catching canopy is manufactured from a high grade 100% waterproof PVC which also cuts out all harmful UV rays making this the ideal structure for covering larger playground spaces.


Canopy Club Sign

If you would like more information on our canopies for schools please call us on 0118 9789072 or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com 

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Polycarbonate Play Shelter for Primary and Nursery Schools

Polycarbonate Play Shelter for Primary and Nursery Schools

In early April Linda Shoard, the School Business Manager at Our Lady of Peace Primary and Nursery School approached Zenith to provide a quotation for 1 x 13m x 4m polycarbonate canopy to cover one of their Early Years areas.

The school selected Zenith's Simplicity 35 Series canopy with aluminum framework powder coated in white and a 35mm polycarbonate opaque roof.

The canopy was fitted during the summer half term break and when the children returned to school they were delighted with their new covered play area which they can now use all year round regardless of weather. They had even put a note on their outside blackboard .......


Nice Message

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Playground Shelters - easy to fit during term time

Playground Shelters - easy to fit during term time

With only 2 weeks left of our busy school holiday canopy build schedule and orders already coming in for the October half term, we thought it may be of interest to some of our readers as to how we safely conduct a canopy installation during term time.

Did you Know ?.....

Most of our canopy installations only involve three days of site work.

By use of Herras temporary fencing our work area can be secured against unauthorised entry.

All of our staff are DBS checked and have undergone many internal safety training schemes.

We are members of CHAS and Constructionline safety schemes, ensuring all of our work is carried out safely.

We can even arrive on site before the pupils - this means we can be in our secure working area before they arrive.

We can, if required, carry out installations at weekends


How to organise a canopy installation for your school....

Please give us a call on 01189 789072 or contact us here and we will be happy to arrange a no obligation site visit to run through our product range with you to find the one that matches your needs best. Further to acceptance of a quotation from us we would re-visit the site to confirm all of the final details ; exact location, canopy colours, framework colours, installation program etc.. From date of order to installation is typically 4 - 6 weeks. For further information you may wish to visit our FAQ's page. For an overview of our products please take a look at our many schools pages.


We look forward to assisting you with your canopy project soon.

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Outdoor dining under a glass veranda

Outdoor dining under a glass veranda

We were recently contacted by a client in Warfield, Bracknell, who was looking to cover part of his patio area. Not wanting to close himself off from the garden a Zenith Simplicity Glass Veranda instead of a conservatory was the perfect solution.

Following a no obligation site survey and consultation with one of our estimation team our client chose to go for the classic look of a white frame structure with the addition of the Victorian gallows brackets. I think you will agree from the photo above this is a nice combination. With a wide range of glass options available including clear, tinted and UV activated self cleaning our client opted for a grey tinted glass to add that little bit of shade to the covered area.

We could go on and tell you more but when the client takes the time to write such a nice review I am not sure we need to, over to you Brian........

 “We chose the Simplicity Series 6 glass canopy because of Zenith Canopy Structures’ presentation and the sample model they provided. This showed us the quality and robustness of the product. Furthermore, they are a well established company in the Berkshire area. We are very pleased with our glass veranda canopy. The service was smooth and stress free from start to finish. Speedy delivery and assembly. Professional, polite and friendly team. Top quality product which enhances our garden. Very happy with end result, first class service from Zenith Canopy Structures Ltd. Would highly recommend. Excellent job.”

Brian, Warfield



Please give us a call today on 01189 789072 for your no obligation site survey or visit our webpage for further information http://www.zenithcsl.co.uk/our-products/carports-verandas.html





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Early Years Shelter

Early Years Shelter

Providing additional covered space for the Early Years curriculum was a priority at St Mary's C of E Primary School in Byfleet, Surrey.

Katie Creedon, the school's Business Manager approached Zenith Canopy Structures in early 2016 to provide a quotation to cover a 45m2 area outside one of their Early Years classrooms.

The school selected Zenith as their preferred supplier as they liked the Airone Cicogna design, quality of the product and Zenith's longstanding reputation in the supply of canopies to schools.

Subsequently during the Easter holidays Zenith Canopy Structures fitted 3 x 3.7m x 4m Airone Cicognas manufactured in a galvanised steel frame with canopies in a soft PVC Ivory coloured material.

The project has been very successful with pupils now enjoying outdoor play in all weathers.

Following the success of the first installation Zenith will be fitting a further 3 x 4m x 4m Airone Cicognas in a second Early Years area during the school summer holiday period.

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Solving the space issue during wet break

Solving the space issue during wet break


CANOPIES – Solving the space issue during wet break

School populations are on the up, the canteen is to full capacity and the school hall hasn’t got any bigger. Where do your pupils go during wet break?

Zenith Canopy Structures Limited have been supplying canopy structures to schools across the UK for over 25 years. These have been used to great effect for extra covered dining space, covered outdoor play areas or as shelter from the elements. Featuring a PVC canopy our Maxline products are perfect for sheltering from the rain or when we get some, the sun.

Installing extra covered areas within your school grounds, in our experience, is always well received by the pupils and seen as a positive improvement to their environment. It also relieves the school building from the hustle and bustle school breaks can bring.

If you feel you could benefit from one of our school canopies or playground shelters please give us a call today on 01189 789072 or complete our contact us page and we will call you.


Richmond-upon-Thames College have been using our canopies for over 7 years ......

“We had an unused area in one of our quadrangles and wanted to provide our students with the outdoor covered area for eating and drinking.

We had seen Zenith canopies at another school and liked the design and quality. After discussing the project with Zenith we decided to cover a 180sq/m area to one side of the quadrangle. We would like thank Zenith for their professional conduct in the installation of our canopy. We will be recommending their company to other institutes.”

Richmond-upon-Thames College   


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