Bespoke steel canopy for Edwards Vacuum Engineering

Bespoke steel canopy by Fordingbridge

A combination of cantilevered, gullwing and barrel vault canopy designs for the engineering giant, Edwards Vacuum, the global specialist engineering company required a bespoke structure for people transferring between parking facilities and its two main office buildings.

The canopy structure also needed to provide cover for motorcycle and bicycle parking.

Functionality often drives a canopy projects design brief, with an eye for inspirational designs, Fordingbridge strive to keep creativity and innovation at the heart of every structure and we love architects that do too. In working with RDjW Architects collaboratively, Fordingbridge were able to match their concept aspirations with our design, manufacturing and installation capabilities, to specify an 80m steel walkway that combined a range of structural designs. The engineered solution also ensured an installation speed which fit perfectly within programme.

The steel structure connotes precision, performance and technical appearance and facilitates the cantilevered, gullwing and barrel vault designs. A sense of flow is created through the three different design features, which are incorporated individually into the 80m long structure. Toughened laminated glazed panels occupy the spaces between the posts and are etched with the company’s livery.

A lightweight and robust triple walled polycarbonate sheet with high light transmission is utilised as the roofing solution, offering high impact resistance and long-term weather durability. When day turns to night, architectural lighting positioned on each post increases safety and shows off the striking form and materials of the design.

The structure, along with its aluminium guttering a rainwater pipes, is finished in a polyester powder coating contributing to a 25 year complete structure guarantee.

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