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Reception Class Playground Canopy

Reception Class Playground Canopy

In September 2020, Gail Owens of Arden Primary School in Sparkhill, Birmingham, contacted Zenith for a quotation for an all year round canopy for their Reception playground.

Ian Manners of Zenith carried out a site survey at Arden Primary and after discussing Gail’s requirements, quoted for 1 x 6m x 4m Airone Tipo 150 which fitted perfectly in the area outside the Reception class.  Gail and her team liked the design of the Airone Tipo and the fact that it can be used all year round for an outdoor play and learning area.

Subsequently, Gail placed an order for delivery and fitting in the October half term.  Gail also arranged for artificial grass to be fitted underneath.

In addition, for extra safety reasons, because of the age of the children, a high impact safety pad was fitted to the outer leg column.

The school are delighted with the canopy and are now looking forward to the children using it all year round.

The Airone Tipo 150 system is available in standard modular sizes from 3m up to 7m but can also be manufactured to bespoke sizes to suit the area.  Being modular, it has endless add on capacity.  The structure frameworks are manufactured in galvanised steel and powder coated in a choice of colours and the canopies are produced in PVDF coated PVC also available in a variety of colours.

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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.

 

For further information or to discuss a project, please call 0118 978 9072, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com

 

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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.

For further information or to discuss a project, please call 0118 978 9072, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.zenithcsl.com

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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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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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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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