Improving socialising with outdoor canopies

The versatility and flexibility of a good canopy set up can alter the dynamics of an environment. It can provide extra space where required, especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Where extra setups have been required outdoors to maintain social distancing, canopies are an easy and attractive addition to a space. They also offer unparalleled placemaking – both in a practical and decorative sense.

In our ‘changing spaces for a new era of retail’ piece, we looked at how the industry is shifting to be more experience-led and is mimicking the demands of consumers with town centres and high street looking to become destinations spaces.

Canopies are useful for retail, hospitality and event situations, where large amounts of outdoor space needs to be earmarked for business usage on a temporary basis. They are inherently moveable and we are experts at advising and carrying out this type of work.

In this blog post, we look at six different reasons why canopies are useful in a cities or urban environments. Specifically with regards to placemaking, city dressing and utilising available outdoor space if you’re a business or events organisation. 

To regulate temperature

During the summer months, shade may often be required to keep cool. Canopies do a good job of regulating outdoor areas. They can provide sturdy, structural shade to beating summer sun, or likewise offer wind protection. They also are receptive to patio heaters, for example, and allow heat to be kept. 

To provide atmosphere

Often spaces are cosier and have more atmosphere when there are some limitations placed on them. Adding a temporary structure such as a canopy provides your outdoor space with an instant ‘roof’ setup. Which can then be accessorised by adding festoons of lights and flowers, for example. 

To expand exterior space

We’ve all had to make the most of the exterior space around us during the last 12 months due to the pandemic. Businesses are looking for cost-effective and inventive ways to expand usable business areas. Our canopies are structural and sturdy, and comply with regulations to allow them to be used in all manner of different scenarios. From artist and event spaces to outdoor dining, restaurants, shopping and hospitality. they are a key tool in allowing small businesses to operate and function successfully.

To provide shelter

The Great British weather is, as we all know, temperamental at best. Much like the point above – businesses have had to use more of their external spaces. Complying with COVID regulations over the last year has meant being outside come rain or shine. Canopies can mitigate the issue and mean that hospitality businesses especially can remain operating and profitable.

Connecting internal structures

Canopies can provide shelter, shade and atmosphere between buildings too. For example between structures in town squares and centres, over walkways and archways and even in plazas housing hospitality venues, eateries and small-scale shopping. This is an area that has seen expansion in recent years, as businesses look for temporary and dynamic structures that are moveable and cost-effective.

Add decoration

Last but not least, there’s no reason why using a canopy has to be purely functional. Although the canopies we supply are unique in the fact they’re rugged, structural and comply with engineering standards, a good use of a canopy in the right space can lift an area. It can provide extra flexibility and dress-up otherwise often drab and uninspiring urban or largely concrete spaces.

some of our clients

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