Covered Walkways

Increase Dwell Times in Commercial Areas or Provide Essential Covered Links Between Buildings

Covered Walkways

Walkways and transitional spaces are important considerations for any site manager or business owner. These are normally areas that receive high footfall and so it is beneficial to merge the transition from indoors to outdoors with a covered walkway.

Covered walkways usually consist of sturdy steel frames with either a tensile fabric or polycarbonate roof, and offer a valuable upgrade to any school, hospital, garden centre or retail outlet.

We have a wide range of pre-designed models suited to covered walkways in either straight or curved configurations. For special projects, our in-house design and structural engineering team can work off a bespoke specification.

In any case, an ArcCan canopy guarantees a full service life expectancy of up to 25 years, warranted for 10 years to provide year-round protection from the rain, wind, snow and sun.

Covered Walkways for Retail & Commercial

The addition of a covered walkway in commercial areas such as retail parks, supermarkets or zoos will likely lead to an increase in customer dwell time and footfall. This is why our customers in this sector often see an uptake in sales figures compared to before having a canopy.

Covered walkways also play an important role in industrial environments including distribution centres and warehouses, where they can be used as loading bay canopies and equipment protection.

Covered Walkways for Healthcare Services & Schools

Covered walkways are excellent for directing the flow of traffic from one building to another, making them useful at emergency services or schools and universities where visitors don't always know where they are going.

Not only do they help to direct people, but they are also fantastic at protecting staff, patients and students from the weather as they move across the site.

A covered walkway can also brighten up any outdoor space and create a more pleasant atmosphere.

Benefits of Covered Walkways

  • Direct the flow of traffic from one building to another¬†
  • Crucial UV protection¬†
  • Rain, wind and snow protection
  • Adds considerable value to the property
  • Increase customer dwell time and footfall in commercial areas

Covered Walkway Projects

Covered Walkway - Moto Services

Moto Services, Wetherby

JWA Architects contacted us to design, supply and install a waterproof covered walkway in the area adjacent to the food and retail outlets in the external courtyard.

Moto wanted to see an increase in footfall and dwell time as they knew it would maximise the occupants' sales potential, including Cornish Pasty Co and WH Smith. The canopy was also to act as a covered walkway link to and from the main building to reduce travellers exposure to bad weather.

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

It was a pleasure to install this long barrel vault tensile fabric structure at the busy Royal Sussex County Hospital, in addition to the sensory play area canopy that we installed at the Royal Alex Children's Hospital on a separate project.

The work involved refurbishing part of the existing structure that was already in place by repainting the steelwork and installing new spars and replacement canopy membranes.

The majority of the work was completed at night to minimise the disruption to the hospital services.

Covered Walkway - Brighton Hospital

Client Testimonials

What they say...


Mr Hill


We are absolutely delighted with our Leaf structure. It really is very well designed and superbly engineered and fits in perfectly with the style of our house. We have no hesitation recommending ShadeLab products

Alison Forrest

Rockwell Collins

A very professional and helpful company. I have always had quick responses to emails and find everyone I have spoken to be friendly and supportive. They provide a very good service.

James Soloman

EDF Energy

Thank you for the presentation and work you put into this, met the brief, more importantly exceeded my expectation, which was super. A great team full of professionalism, clarity and delivery. Fully hit the brief given, expert advice, super presentation to planning and knowledge. Would seriously recommend over others if you're looking for quality.

Mr and Mrs Florence


We are enjoying your awning, looking forward to better weather to get back into the garden. Your awning is easy to open and close. We will be contacting you later to look for a side screen to go onto the side post. We give you top marks.

Mrs Meates


I was impressed with the team at ArcCan from start to finish. They matched the correct product for my needs and I would fully recommend them! -

Mr Goodworth


The design was exactly as we wished. I was impressed with the turnaround time from design to completion as we were on a tight timescale.

Harris Academy Peckham


They delivered to an extremely tight programme whilst ensuring that all statutory regulations were adhered to; including planning advice.

Crystal Peakes Shopping Centre


The installation was neat and straightforward and the canopies look really good. We have received several positive comments from customers and tenants alike and would not hesitate to use Arc-Can for any similar needs in future.

Forestry Commission

Brandon, Suffolk

The umbrellas look great and we are really pleased with them!

Rockinghorse Childrens Charity


It looks fantastic and is a worthy addition to the facilities we have for children here at the Alex - Many thanks for all your collective hard work in making it happen! -

East Sussex County Council

ArcCan responded well to our brief and their designs exceeded our expectations.