Strong and slim

Swisspacer’s La Pensilina glass canopy system has received a stamp of approval from Staffordshire-based customer, Montane Projects.

Montane Projects, which specialises in the design, fabrication and supply of aluminium windows, bifolds, doors and curtain walling, recently supplied and installed six La Pensilina canopies across six blocks of apartments at Blythe Valley Park, a Crest Nicholson housing development in Solihull.

The canopies were required to be large enough to shelter people coming in and out of the buildings, as well as providing cover for the access panel and entrance. Montane Projects tried other canopy solutions but struggled to find a system that was strong enough to support the weight of the glass needed.

La Pensilina proved to be the perfect solution. Swisspacer provided a quick and efficient service, while offering an option that not only met the size requirements of the project but was weatherproof and stayed fixed in position.

Adrian Locker, owner of Montane Projects, said: “The design is simple and contemporary with minimal amounts of material on show. It is slim and easy to install and, unlike other products, doesn’t need lots of support to keep it in place. Installation was straightforward and we received excellent technical support from Swisspacer. The client is very pleased with the outcome.”

Its stylist and minimalist design, and lack of visible screws, gives the canopy a clean look and ‘floating’ effect. La Pensilina is load bearing and strong enough to hold a distributed load of 350kg/m2 without breaking.

John Cooper, commercial director at Swisspacer, said: “The system can be easily installed to entrance doors or sliding and patio doors, and its unique and easy to maintain design is aimed at outdoor use. La Pensilina is ideal for residential developments, and we hope to see it used in many more homes in the coming months and years.”