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Sneak preview of the Creature Canopies at Hay Festival...

30 May 2012

Just landed yesterday... three bright, colourful and fun Creature Canopies for Hay Festival!

Featuring a lion, ladybird and an elephant. The Creatures will provide some much needed protection from the Sun (and rain - it is Wales after all!) The Creatures are in the family garden area just outside the 'make & take' tent. Look out for the ladybirds on the festival map.

All three Creatures are looking for good homes after the festival and will be available to buy (at a reduced rate) or to hire. 

Normally installed onto a concrete base hidden below ground we developed a special system for Hay Festival that allowed the single masted Creatures to be installed on the greenfield site with no groundwork’s or concrete. When the structures are removed it will be like they've never been there!

Don't forget we have some fabulous children’s authors set to read under the canopies so come and see us if you can. Oh, and bring some food.... the Lion looks hungry... Rrrroooooaaaarrrrr!!!!

Tags: Creature Canopies | Lion | Elephant | Ladybird | Hay Festival | Children's Area

Bespoke Tensile Fabric Garden Canopy in St Albans

18 May 2012

Tensile Solutions were commissioned to design, engineer, fabricate and install a bespoke tensile fabric garden canopy in St Albans.

The design brief by architect and house owner Rob Weedon was very specific: A high specification canopy to interface with the existing building and provide covered shelter when making the transition from inside to outside. It also had to be completely demountable as it was to be removed over the winter months.

At 4.7m x 4.5m the fabric structure provides a good sized sheltered area and was installed in just one day before the glorious weather arrived! We also installed the foundations and made good the patio area as part of the works.

The polished stainless steel masts have a countersunk circular connection at finished floor level allowing the masts to be removed completely and stainless capping plates secured in their place. The waterproof architectural grade PVC coated polyester can also be easily removed from the ‘P section’ aluminium extrusion fixed along the wall of the house. This classifies the fabric structure as temporary so no planning permission is required for it.

Design consideration was given at all times to the temporary nature of the fabric structure and the need for the client to quickly and easily remove and re-instate the canopy.

Here's what Rob had to say:

I invited several specialist companies to tender for our new tensile canopy and whilst the quote from Tensile Solutions was the most competitive, it also conveyed a sense of Sam Walker’s enthusiasm for the project. He didn’t disappoint.

From the initial discussions on detailed design to the finished installation, Sam was flexible, professional and easy to work with, helping us to enhance our design with his expert knowledge and design flair.  He kept us informed of progress, stuck to our agreed programme and budget and worked tirelessly to deliver a high quality installation with the minimum of fuss.

If you are thinking of having a tensile canopy, this is the company you want to build it for you.”

Rob Weedon – Architect & Partner, Saunders Architects

Tags: Bespoke Garden Canopy | Fabric Garden Structure

The Roller features in Homes and Gardens Magazine

08 May 2012

Tensile Solutions' The Roller fabric garden canopy features in June 2012 Homes and Gardens Magazine!

Homes and Gardens is Britain's oldest decorating magazine (launched in 1919) and one of the UK's leading publications. Mixing beautiful features with gorgeous real-life homes and gardens, expert advice and practical information makes Homes & Gardens the ultimate source of decorating inspiration. 

Homes and Gardens featured an article on how to create an outdoor covered terrace. They asked us for a little advice regarding using tensile fabric structures in gardens and very kindly gave our Roller garden shade sail a mention.

You can find The Roller at and Homes and Gardens at

The Roller, tensile fabric garden shade sail canopy

Tags: The Roller | Home & Garden Magazine | Garden Shade | Garden Canopy

Creature Canopies at Hay Festival 2012

03 May 2012

Creature Canopies are to feature at this years Hay Festival!

Providing bright and colourful protection to the family area and with daily storytelling for children underneath the canopies! More to follow soon...

Creature Canopies at Hay Festival

Tags: Hay Festival | Creature Canopies | Children's Shelter | Story Telling