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Indigo Awnings secure Leeds University Campus contract

21 September 2020

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North Wales headquartered Indigo Awnings have this month (September) been awarded the exciting opportunity to supply outdoor shading products to Leeds University.

The University recently put out a tender for large parasols to provide shelter and shade for 3 separate sites across the campus of this historic institution.

The project proposal specified the need for 10 5mx5m permanent parasols, with branded valances, resistant in storm force conditions with heat reflective, UV treated canopies.

Indigo Awnings specialize in the supply and fit of commercial grade parasols for enhancing any outdoor space, all of which are wind tunnel tested and built to withstand the vagaries of the ever-changing British climate. All Indigo’s giant parasols are well-known for being the very best in German engineering and can be fully customised.

Leeds University Parasol instillation sites

Roger Stevens Building, Leeds University Campus

The first instillation is at the heart of the campus where 3 parasols are required to cover a seating area outside the Roger Stevens Building. Containing 25 tiered lecture theatres offering a range of rooms for 79 – 308 delegates, this building sees large amounts of people through its doors.

The Cooling Pond, Leeds University Campus.

The second location is a raised area to the opposite side of the Roger Stevens Building where 4 parasols are required to create a sheltered seating space over-looking The Cooling Pond, the focus of ongoing biodiversity research and an innovative space for interdisciplinary, research-led teaching.

The Student Union, Leeds University Campus.

The third site is for 3 parasols to cover picnic benches and an existing tiered seating area outside the Student Union.  

The Indigo A4 Extreme Parasol

Indigo proposed their A4 Extreme parasols which offer unrivalled strength whilst maintaining sophistication and elegance. With an exceptionally strong mast, reinforced arms, and extremely stable hinge points, these parasols are virtually indestructible. Indigo suggested the addition of connecting guttering systems to allow rainwater to drain off in the desired direction.

Indigo Awnings A4 Extreme Parasol installation at the Malmaison Hotel, Liverpool.

Located close to Leeds City Centre, the university has over 23,000 students and also serves the local community in a number of ways by allowing access to facilities and hosting cultural and educational festivals.

The university obtained quotes from different suppliers before selecting Indigo Awnings to complete the project. 

Trevor Ruddle, managing director of Indigo Awnings, said: We were delighted to be selected for this project, it is yet another feather in our cap. The selection process covered a variety of criteria and we believe that along with our competitive tender, some or our previous high profile installations and the fact that we hold the recognized Altius accreditation were taken into account. Once completed, the parasols will provide high quality outdoor shelter and shade which is ever more important given the current health crisis that we are all having to face.

Aside from the education sector, Indigo Awnings also works extensively in the hospitality industry, with clients including most of the major hotel, pub and restaurant brands along with a raft independent operators across these sectors and many sporting venues.

Stay tuned for photos of the instillation and end result.

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