Bespoke Tensile Fabric Garden Canopy in St Albans
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
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