Surrey County Council as part of their approved framework with The McAvoy Group appointed Clovis to take the architects design proposal of a shade/brise soleil canopy for the new Year 6 classroom building.
The building faced due south and the architect was keen to provide protection primarily from solar gain and glare, their concept was to use a steel frame to support timber slats set an an angle to maximise shade.
Accoya timber was selected because of its hard wearing properties and green credentials, stainless steel fixings were used to prevent any discolouration at their connection to the polyseter powder coated steel frame structure.
While the canopy abutted the the new building the outside edge maintained a fluid curve which returned passed and around one end where cycle parking was to be located.
Installation took 7days with foundations/reinstatement by others.
- Shape: Curved Lean-to
- Support: Free Standing
- Hoop Style: Single Box
- Cladding Type: Polycarbonate
- Location: Weybridge, Surrey
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you fix your canopies directly onto tarmac?
No, all canopies are fixed on to concrete pads or bases as the structures can lift out from the ground if not fixed into a suitable concrete base due to the uplift created by wind acting on the roof area.
- How is the polycarbonate sheeting attached to the framework?
We use a two part glazing bar on our canopies with rubber gasket or cushions to attach the roof polycarbonate sheets as this allows for the expansion of the sheets as the weather heats up or cools down. The rubber gaskets as well as creating a watertight seal greatly reduce noise levels as the sheets expand and contract. We do not screw sheets directly to the framework as this can lead to the roofing sheets buckling and potentially causing leaks due to the possibility of screw heads popping off. In addition to this we never lap one sheet over the other as this can result in an algae build-up resulting in unsightly discoloured patches in the roof.
- Do you use Polycarbonate, PETG, GRP or Acrylic for non fabric cladding?
At Clovis Canopies we use polycarbonate roofing as although slightly more expensive, we find it has a better combination of strength, impact resistance, sheet size and colour, fire / flame resistance and longevity of life than any of the other above mentioned cheaper materials.
- Will I require planning permission?
We always advise that you call your local planning authority as there are no hard and fast rules. They will advise on whether you require planning permission for your proposed canopy. Although it differs from region to region canopies under 30m2 may not require permission but this can be affected by situations such as proximity to neighbours, listed building status, conservation areas etc. so it always best to check. We are happy to provide free of charge, scaled drawings etc. of the proposed canopy structure to assist your application should you require.
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