St Bartholomew’s School


St Bartholomew’s School


Newbury, Berkshire


Willmott Dixon

Twin Cone Tensile Fabric School Canopy

Wilmott Dixon contracted Base to design, supply and manufacture this twin cone tensile fabric PVC courtyard canopy measuring approx 42m x 31m in plan. 

Our Solution

The fabric structure is connected to the supporting steelwork by a series of clamp plates around the perimeter. The fabric canopy is also supported and tensioned by two inclined steel masts housed in sandpots in the centre of the courtyard. The installation of the project was a challenge, compounded by the lack of access to use cranes for installation. The 4T glazed headrings had to be pumped up 20m to the top of the masts by our installation team working from the roof of the buildings.


The project was a huge success being installed a week ahead of programme and satisfying the brief supplied by the architects.


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