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  • Three benefits of having a canopy outside your classroom

    February 29th, 2024
    Canopies offer a plethora of benefits to schools looking to make the most of their outside space, from sheltered walkways to outdoor learning opportunities. However, one of the lesser-known advantages

    What are the benefits of installing an external shelter?

    February 22nd, 2024
    Installing an external shelter is an effective way of enhancing your outside space. Whether you run a school, restaurant, bar or hotel, maximising your outside space can provide a wide range of benefi

    Reducing the environmental impact of our canopy production

    February 15th, 2024
    Climate change is impacting our lives more and more. The extreme heatwaves across Europe last summer. Flash flooding in Pakistan. Even changes to where the Winter Olympics takes place due to increasin

    How to get a return investment on your restaurant canopy

    January 25th, 2024
    Al fresco dining is here to stay in the UK. After lockdown measures restricted venues to offering just outdoor seating for dining and drinking during the pandemic, there has been a huge rise in the po

    Enhancing school canopies through creative accessory use

    January 18th, 2024
    From providing outdoor learning opportunities to creating additional social spaces, school canopies can be an excellent way to maximise outside space. But how can accessories elevate a canopy even fur

    Integrating zip blinds into a school canopy design

    January 11th, 2024
    School canopies have become increasingly popular in the last decade. With pupil numbers growing year-on-year, schools have turned to canopies to provide vital extra space for outdoor learning, storage

    Six of the most frequently asked questions in 2023

    December 19th, 2023
    In December last year, we asked our Exterior Solutions Specialist Michael Denyer to answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our projects in 2022. And to round off this year, we thought

    Using external shelters to enhance your venue’s social media presence

    December 14th, 2023
    Social media has become an indispensable marketing tool for businesses, especially in the hospitality industry. Capturing the attention of potential customers and creating a lasting impression is cruc

    Six benefits of installing an aluminium canopy at your school

    November 30th, 2023
    An aluminium canopy provides excellent shelter from the elements for students and staff. Many schools use them to provide covered walkways, play areas and spaces to enjoy lunchbreaks away from the cla

    Five benefits of a school canopy

    November 16th, 2023
    Canopies have a wide range of benefits when it comes to improving spaces. Whether you’re looking for a creative way to provide shelter from inclement weather or a solution for an overheating cla

    Four factors to consider when deciding on a school canopy

    November 9th, 2023
    School canopy installations have become increasingly popular in recent years. With class sizes increasing over the last decade, a number of schools have found themselves needing additional breakout sp

    The benefits of outdoor learning – Using canopies to improve mental health and wellbeing

    October 24th, 2023
    Alongside academic achievement, the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is of paramount importance for schools. Though this has always been the case, the topic of mental health has been thrust in

    How canopies help schools participate in Outdoor Classroom Day

    October 19th, 2023
    The second Outdoor Classroom Day of 2023 is fast approaching, with schools across the globe getting ready to participate in the worldwide campaign on Thursday 2nd November. But what is the movement al

    Glass or polycarbonate – what’s the best roof for a canopy?

    September 28th, 2023
    It’s a choice every specifier of an exterior canopy faces – should they opt for a glass or polycarbonate roof? There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but specifiers do need to weigh u

    How to choose the right exterior shelter or solar shade

    September 14th, 2023
    Choosing the correct exterior shelter or solar shade is crucial. But there are a host of things that need to be considered when making that decision. In summer, external structures provide the opportu

    The environmental benefits of installing a canopy at your school

    August 31st, 2023
    Improving the sustainability and energy efficiency of our buildings is of paramount importance. If drastic action isn’t taken, researchers predict the global temperature could pass the 1.5C glob

    Six benefits of solar powered canopies for schools

    August 24th, 2023
    At a time where we should all be taking steps towards becoming more sustainable, a number of schools are looking to solar powered canopies as a solution. And following a host of enquiries on the matte

    How to use the shade to improve your al fresco dining offering

    July 6th, 2023
    A quick Google search of ‘al fresco dining UK’ tells you all you need to know about the rise in popularity of outdoor dining in the last few years. The first page of the results is flooded

    How much does a canopy cost?

    June 15th, 2023
    One question we’re often asked is: How much does a canopy cost? But the answer is not as straightforward as the question. In fact, there are a host of different factors that effect the overall

    The differences between concealed and surface mounted gutters and downpipes

    June 8th, 2023
    Gutters and downpipes are crucial elements of a canopy when it comes to rainwater management. And one of the many aspects to consider when specifying a canopy is whether to have these concealed within

    Four ways the hospitality industry can benefit from a canopy

    May 25th, 2023
    Earlier this month, we identified three benefits of installing an outdoor dining canopy at a school, college or university campus. However, education isn’t the only sector that can benefit from

    The benefits of an outdoor dining canopy for schools

    May 11th, 2023
    Outdoor dining canopies are an essential feature for schools looking to maximise the space available on their campus. With nearly 25 per cent of secondary schools and sixth forms over capacity in 2022

    The benefits of a lean-to canopy compared to a free-standing canopy

    April 24th, 2023
    When it comes to deciding which canopy best suits your outside space, it’s likely the debate is between a lean-to and a free-standing canopy. Traditionally the free-standing canopy has been the

    Five things to consider when deciding on your school canopy

    April 13th, 2023
    Choosing a canopy for your school may seem like a simple decision on the surface. But if you want to fully maximise the outside space available, there are a host of things to consider. Our Exterior So

    What accessories can you add to a canopy?

    March 9th, 2023
    Research shows how interacting with nature and being outside improves our health and wellbeing. From improving concentration levels to brightening our mood, there are a host of benefits.   Canopies

    Five memorable projects from 2022

    December 22nd, 2022
    We’ve had an incredibly busy few months since being launched back in May this year. While the majority of projects have been in the education sector, our jobs have also spanned across the hospit

    Five of the most frequently asked questions

    December 15th, 2022
    We love answering questions at Waverley Exteriors. Whether it’s at a free on-site survey, over the phone or via email, we’re always happy to use our expertise to answer any query thrown ou

    The Waverley Exteriors guide to applying for school grants

    October 12th, 2022
    Maximising outdoor spaces at schools, colleges and universities is hugely important for the welfare of both teachers and students. Outdoor learning, socialising and dining, protection from UV and shel
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