An 8m long Twinfix canopy installed on the front of the Lower Willingdon Pre-School Nursery in Eastbourne is proving a great success. With a 2.8m projection from the building and fitted with vertical glazing at both ends, Julie Langford, Nursery Manager, says it has made a tremendous difference to the nursery, with the extra space also being well used by the Breakfast and After School Clubs, as well as by parents dropping off and collecting their children.
The nursery building was not suitable to hold a wall-fixed structure so a free-standing canopy was chosen, with front and back supporting posts. The Twinfix designers included a cranked feature within the back posts, enabling the mono-pitched glazed roof to over-hang the gutter and roof tiles. This helps to keep out driving rain and will enable easy maintenance cleaning of the rainwater system.
Manufactured in the Twinfix factory with an aluminium frame polyester powder coated in matt white (RAL 9910) the roof consists of Multi-Link-Panels NF fitted with clear 16mm multiwall polycarbonate to allow maximum light into the building. These glazed panels are Non-Fragile to the recommended roofing assembly test ACR[M]001:2014. The vertical side glazing offers protection from the weather all year round whilst enabling vision into and out of the canopy. It comprises 6mm clear solid polycarbonate, that is virtually unbreakable, glazed with the Twinfix 286 bar system that has a hidden fixing within the capping bar. The canopy was installed by one of the Twinfix DBS (previously CRB) checked teams.
Aluminium is a great choice for a school canopy as it doesn’t rust in use, and will stand up to the test of time – and children!