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Fabric Canopies

Particularly when the weather is unpredictable, having structures in place that are flexible to the needs of your organisation and the people within it is so important to creating a positive environment, regardless of the weather conditions. By implementing versatile canopy and cover solutions for outdoor spaces, you can make the most of the spaces available to you at all times of the year.

At A&S Landscape, we work with clients all over the UK to provide elegant, practical and versatile solutions to improve their outdoor spaces, including fabric canopies. Fabric canopies are simple to install, highly durable and easily adaptable, making them a popular option for a wide variety of different sectors. Using fabric canopies, we can help our clients create shaded spaces in the summer, and covered areas in the winter, to give the people who use your buildings and environments access to practical, comfortable outdoor space year-round.

We have been designing, manufacturing and installing fabric canopies for clients for over 40 years, and are passionate about maximising the potential of communal outdoor areas. If you’re interested in covering solutions for outdoor spaces, including fabric canopies, please don’t hesitate to contact us and find out more about how we can help.

What is a Fabric Canopy?

A fabric canopy usually consists of steel or timber posts, supporting a shade cloth or waterproof PVC fabric material covering. The most common example is a shade sail, which are used at schools, businesses and homes to create a shaded space outside. Usually, the fabric can be detached to be washed or protected during heavy rain or snow.

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Our Range of Tensile Fabric Canopies

In addition to our robust and hard-wearing Motiva canopies, we are pleased to also offer a range of striking fabric tensile canopy options. Bright, breezy and wonderfully versatile, a fabric canopy is sure to revitalise any outside space while offering unrivalled protection from harmful UV rays. All of our designs are available with waterproof fabric to protect from those unexpected showers that arrive all too frequently.

The Maxima Tepee is a clever and durable modular structure that has its own unique integrated gutter system. Available as a standalone or with many unit possibilities, the Tepee is a practical and popular design that works well for dining, sports, recreation, and outdoor learning. Our four posted Maxima Sail is a welcome addition to any outside space. Available in a wide range of colours. It is an economical and eye-catching sunshade and is one of our most loved products.

The bold and beautiful Maxima StarSail is an innovative combination of our Umbrella and Sail design. Benefiting from one central post and with the option to add waterproof fabric, it is a hardy, all-year-round product that is easy on the eye.

Our Maxima Umbrella is one of our longest-standing products. It offers exceptional shelter while creating a fun, focal point in any outside area. Suitable for all-year-round use, it is the perfect addition to any playground.

Also available in the Maxima Range is our airy and contemporary Maxima Plaza and our cosmopolitan Maxima Parasol.

What materials are used in our fabric canopies?

Our Maxima range of fabric canopies offers a stylish yet practical shade solution, and are popular across many sectors including education, hospitality and commercial. If you’re looking for waterproof canopy fabric, then our PVC fabric is the perfect choice. This canopy material offers high-strength waterproofing and is available in over 40 colours. Alternatively, our shade cloth canopy fabric is another great option. This high-quality knitted cloth has been specifically developed as a strong and durable fabric, and offers 90-98% UV protection in 14 different colours.

See some of our fabric canopy projects we’ve completed

Green Park School in the West Midlands Add Fabric Canopies to Site

Freestanding shelter we built at Green Park Primary SchoolGreen Park School were looking to add some shelter to their site, to allow the pupils to spend more time outdoors. However, the school wanted the structures to have a striking and funky design that worked with the surrounding areas. Canopy and shelter specialists A&S Landscape had just the product in mind. We installed two Maxima StarSail™ fabric canopies at the school, both with Champagne coloured material and Squirrel Grey steelwork. The finished effect of the shelters is quite dazzling and the pupils absolutely love to play and socialise under the covers. The school were also impressed with our installation service, saying that the ‘team have been helpful, tidy and courteous.’ We hope we get the opportunity to work with this superb school again to create even more covered space. See more of the fabric canopies we designed for Green Park School here.

Wright Robinson College in Manchester Install Red Fabric Tepee Canopies

Tepees we installed at Wright Robinson CollegeWright Robinson College campus in Gorton, Manchester, is situated near the banks of the Upper Gorton Reservoir and is surrounded by greenery. With extensive sports facilities within their grounds, the great outdoors is important to the staff and students of the college. But the great British weather doesn’t always make enjoyment of the outside possible, so the College wanted to install some form of shade and shelter with a canopy. With plenty of choice available, A&S Landscape helped the College to navigate the options. Wright Robinson College selected the Maxima Tepee design and decided on installing two to give comfortable space for more students. With a steel frame in grey and fabric awnings in red, the tepees are now the perfect shade and shelter whatever the weather. To find out more about Wright Robinson College’s fabric tepees, click here.

Installation of Fabric Umbrella Canopies at The St Lawrence Academy in Scunthorpe

Umbrella canopy we installed at St Lawrence AcademyThe St Lawrence Academy, located on Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe, wanted to create a flexible space for its students that could be enjoyed come rain or shine. With the help of A&S Landscape’s team the option to combine two different canopy types was chosen. The St Lawrence Academy opted for an entrance canopy that provided shelter and defined the location of the reception area, but they also added two 7m by 7m waterproof fabric umbrella canopies. From the Maxima Umbrella range, these fabric canopies look fabulous in the school’s grounds. The separate aspects of the project were brought together in matching Basalt Grey steel, and the umbrella canopies were finished off in waterproof fabric for maximum shelter. Now the school has a flexible outside shelter that can be used for a range of activities. To read more about the waterproof fabric canopies installed at The St Lawrence Academy, click here.

A Blue Fabric Umbrella Canopy for Riverside Bridge School in Barking

Canopy we fitted at Riverside Bridge SchoolRiverside Bridge School, Barking, is a thoroughly modern school, with a thoroughly modern building. But the grounds were very open to the elements, and there was little shade or shelter. The school wanted to put this right by installing just a type of playground canopy. The perfect solution for providing protection from the rain and shade from the sun came in the form of a fabric umbrella canopy. This type of school canopy was a simple, yet infinitely practical, solution to Riverside Bridge School’s problem. A&S Landscape offers a range of fabric canopies, but for Riverside Bridge School the Maxima Umbrella finished with a Victoria Blue waterproof fabric canopy and supported by slate grey steel fitted perfectly with the brightly coloured, cheerful surroundings of the playground. See more about this blue fabric canopy at Riverside Bridge School.

Fabric Umbrella Canopy Installation at Ashcott Playing Fields in North Somerset

Shade sail we fitted at Ashcott Playing FieldsAshcott Playing Fields in Bridgwater is a fabulous community resource run by a charitable trust. With a range of sporting and recreational facilities, it hosts a variety of events from children’s football to beer festivals. The only challenge that the trust had was that there was nothing providing shade or shelter. But with the support and expertise of A&S Landscape, they’ve now added a fabric umbrella canopy. Parents are now able to watch their children in the playground or while they’re playing football, all from under cover. This great fabric canopy has been subject of many a compliment from parents and other park users. And it’s hardly surprising as this umbrella-style fabric awning erected in Slate Grey with a waterproof Spruce coloured canopy looks splendid standing. Chosen from the Maxima Umbrella range, this really was a great choice. Find out more about Ashcott Playing Field’s fabric umbrella canopy by clicking here.

Fabric Umbrella Canopy installed at Woodlands Primary and Nursery School in Shropshire

Canopy we fitted at Woodlands Primary SchoolWoodlands Primary and Nursery School in Madeley, Shropshire, values the open-air environment very highly. This lovely school has its own gardens and ecology spaces and being outside is an important part of school life. But making the most of being outside can sometimes be a challenge. To be able to be outside on as many days as possible, Woodlands asked A&S Landscape for their expertise. With more than 40 years’ experience in helping schools to find the right solutions, they were able to help the school enhance their external space. A&S Landscape installed a Maxima Umbrella from its range of fabric canopies. This exterior fabric structure solution was constructed in Slate Grey steel with an Aniseed coloured fabric for the shade. Brightly coloured, but still in keeping with the natural feel of the school’s surroundings, this was perfect for the setting. You can read more about the Woodlands Primary and Nursery School’s fabric umbrella installation here.

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Our Featured Fabric Canopy Project

The Hessle Academy in East Yorkshire Add Fabric Shade Sails

What was the project brief?

The Hessle Academy in East Yorkshire recognised the value that a shelter could bring to the outdoor areas of their school, and ultimately, the well-being of their students. Realising that it was beneficial to the children to have a place to socialise and eat outside, they knew they needed to give their existing outdoor space a new identity to encourage them to eat outdoors. Being a state-of-the-art school, they wanted a stylish canopy that could provide cover to students from harmful UV rays, alongside the all-important rain protection. A&S Landscape, with their knowledge and expertise of outdoor canopies, were called in to help with all aspects of the project, from giving initial advice on the design, right up until the final installation.

 What was our outdoor fabric shelter solution?

Sail we designed for Hessle AcademyWhen the school approached us with their unique project, our immediate thought was our range of standard fabric canopies, otherwise known as tensile canopies, or tensile membrane canopies. Stylish, modern and extremely effective, the tensile structures UK range would give the new outdoor area the identity it desperately needed, while also delivering on all the practicalities. It was decided that the Maxima StarSail ticked all of the boxes the school required. These sail shades come in a variety of colours, so to fit with the school branding, the school chose concrete grey and sandy beige fabrics.

Three sail shades tensile canopy systems were installed, each at 8m x 8m. The wonderfully colourful fabric architecture stands proudly in the school grounds. The school have since added some furniture, firming the trendy identity of the new covered seating area. Thanks to the waterproof PVC fabric, there is great rain protection and lasting coverage from the sun. The membrane tension also provides structural strength to protect from the wind.

What was the result of the new fabric canopies?

The result of the three colourful fabric tension structures has been fantastic. The children are happy that they now have another area in which they can learn, play, socialise, and all the while be outside enjoying the fresh air. Break times and lunchtimes are no longer the same, and this is all down to the simple addition of the shelter.

About the client

The Hessle Academy is a high school and sixth form college based in Hessle, East Yorkshire. They pride themselves on their state-of-the-art technology and the modern features of the school. We always enjoy working with schools that look to provide the best possible experience for their students, and the Hessle Academy is one of these.

Right from the start, they were clear with their wishes for the canopy project, and as a result, the fabric structure that was installed turned out to be an excellent addition to the school. Friendly and personable throughout, we thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at the school, and we were so glad to hear that the new StarSails were going down a treat with the children.

Why choose A&S Landscape?

Shade Sails we fitted at Hessle AcademyWith 44 years’ worth of experience, A&S Landscape are the experts when it comes to helping you choose the right fabric canopy shelter. Over the years the fabric structure industry has developed, and so has our expertise in tensile canopy design. Providing you with a top-quality product and service is our utmost priority, and we want to ensure you are well-informed of your options prior to purchase. If you’re looking for a shelter with a fabric top cover, look no further than A&S Landscape. Whatever style you choose – you’ll always end up with a great fabric canopy!

The Maxima Umbrella™ shelters have just one upright, and are shaped like – you guessed it – an umbrella! They’re ideal as a shelter for a covered seating area at schools or for as a hang-out area at Universities!

The fabric Maxima Tepee™ are delightfully stylish! Our tepees are normally designed with contrasting colours to really stand out. Unlike umbrella canopies, they have more than one upright, but these are minimal. They don’t just look the part either, they are manufactured as a standalone unit, but are modular so can be extended. Each is manufactured in galvanised and PPC steel with a built-in gutter. It is also a UV resistant canopy, and the fabric top cover is a fire retardant.

The Maxima Plaza™ is a wide-span, barrel-vault structure, typically with a symmetric curved-roof design, coming in a range of sizes. These tensile canopy structures are popular a choice as dining areas or covered seating areas.

Whichever one appeals to you, there is no doubt of the dramatic impact the bold colours and brightness that shade sails can add. Take a look at our exciting past projects for some inspiration! Or download a copy of our Maxima brochure to see our full range of tensile fabric structures.

A&S Landscape wants to help you get children outside!

At A&S Landscape, we understand the benefits of being outdoors, and this is the driving force of our business. The additional outside space can mean extra room for children to exercise, which releases vital endorphins to instantly elevate a child’s mood, acting as a natural anti-depressant. Time outside means less screen time too, a huge worry of parents with young children.

A&S Landscape are here to help from start to finish with your unique shelter project. Our friendly team are always on hand to advise and share our expertise with you. Over the years we have developed close relationships with schools and colleges, universities and several local authorities all over the UK. We have a well-respected reputation in the industry of exterior structures, and we want to help you make your dreams a reality. When it comes to our tensile canopies UK range we can’t be beaten on quality.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you find the most appropriate cover system for your needs, get in touch with our friendly team on 01743 636084 or at [email protected].

Sail Shade we built at Hessle Academy

Read about more of our fabric canopy projects below

All Faiths Children’s Academy in Kent Add Umbrella Canopy

Umbrella canopy we made for All Faiths Children's AcademyThe brilliant teaching team at All Faiths Children’s Academy knew how important outdoor play was on the development of their pupils and so they decided to invest in a shade covering. After completing some online research, they came across playground canopy experts A&S Landscape. Our design team worked with the school to find the right product to suit their needs as well as the atmosphere of the school. In the end we installed a Maxima Umbrella™ fabric canopy. The Tennis Green material works fantastically with the white upright to create a stylish design. The pupils love to spend time underneath the cover and it’s ideal to shelter under when it’s raining, windy or sunny. And the staff were so delighted with the canopy that they rated A&S Landscape five stars for the work completed in the project. Find out more about the umbrella canopy we made for All Faiths Children’s Academy here.

Fabric Shade Sail Refurbished at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Cambridgeshire

Fabric sail we designed for St John Fisher High SchoolA&S Landscape was contacted by St John Fisher Catholic High School to replace the sail fabric used on one of their existing shade sail structures. Our expert team precisely and accurately measured up at the school and then refitted a new fabric sail to the posts. This small change has dramatically improved the sail shades and allowed the students to once again use the covered area throughout the year. From an outdoor dining space to a quiet spot to study before an exam, the sail shades can be used for a wide range of purposes. There are many benefits to encouraging children to spend time outside, from improved mental health to aiding their cognitive development. This is why more and more schools are choosing to install shelters. Click here to read more about the refurbished shade sails at St John Fisher Catholic High School.

Glebe School in Kent Add Fabric Umbrella Canopy to Campus

Umbrella canopy we made for Glebe SchoolWe were approached by Glebe School to help them get better use from an underutilised area they had on site. Because the spot was completely exposed to the elements, often the students would be unable to use the area during their break times. A&S Landscape suggested installing an area of shade to increase the useability of the space throughout the year. We installed a Maxima Umbrella™ fabric canopy, made to the size of 4000mm x 4000mm. The school choose a Midnight Blue material for the roof and a subtle grey colour for the single upright. Now the students can socialise, refresh and relax under the umbrella no matter the weather conditions. The finished shelter has exceeded the school’s expectations and perfectly met their initial brief. Carry on learning about the umbrella canopy at Glebe School on our case study page.

Outdoor Seating Area at New Torfaen Learning Zone in Wales

Umbrella canopy we designed for Torfaen Learning ZoneA&S Landscape was delighted to be involved in the build of the brand new state-of-the-art Coleg Gwent Torfaen Learning Zone. As part of the new site, plans involved an outdoor terrace area complete with seating and shelter. The client opted for our stylish yet practical Maxima Umbrella™ fabric canopies to complete the outdoor seating space. This has allowed the students to sit outdoors with their lunch all year round, enjoying the fresh air as they fresh before their next lecture or lesson. We’ve worked with Coleg Gwent on several other previous projects, it’s always great to see schools and colleges investing in their external areas and adding multiple areas of cover and shade. We hope we get to work with this fantastic client again in the future. See more about the fabric canopies we installed at Torfaen Learning Zone here.

Ashby Hill Top Primary School in Leicestershire Install Green Fabric Umbrella Canopy

Canopy we designed for Ashby Hill Top Primary SchoolWhen Ashby Hill Top Primary School, located in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, contacted us for help in designing an exterior fabric shelter, we jumped at the chance. Given the school’s proximity to the ancient castle, we thought their new canopy should be fit for a king or queen! The school wanted a fabric canopy shelter for their playing field area. While there was plenty of outdoor space for the children to run around in, there was nothing in the way of shelter on the sunnier days, or when the rain suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Given the space available and the intended use, we recommended the installation of a Maxima Umbrella with fabric canopyWith a green theme from the school’s uniform colours for the PVC waterproof canopy, our Tennis Green made it game set and match! Find out more about Ashby Hill Top Primary School’s new umbrella canopy.

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