Stylish and Functional Entrance Canopy
The British Institute of Technology & E-commerce (BITE) is one of the largest private higher education institutes in the UK. Covering two buildings and neighbouring the 2012 Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City, BITE's Stratford campus adjoins areas that have seen some of the most significant regeneration in London in recent years. In keeping with the values and ambitions of both the institute and the burgeoning area, BITE approached Base seeking an architecturally functional feature for the entrance of their Romford Road building.
After consultation it was decided to opt for the cost effective option of a standard fabric canopy that could provide the maximum value for their budget. A Jura structure was selected as a suitable canopy that could be positioned to abut the entrance of the building and provide effective protection from the elements. The tensile fabric canopy provides far more than simple shelter however, architecturally signposting the entrance to the rectangular, archetypal office building with great aplomb.
Fire rated PVC coated polyester fabric with a weldable PVDF lacquer supported by a mild steel frame, coated with a two-pack polyurethane paint system, ensures this entrance feature will look great for many, many years to come. An integrated drainage system also allows rainwater to be channelled away out of sight within the steelwork.
All in all a fitting adornment to the campus of a pioneering educational institute!