Tensile Fabric Structures

Fully Engineered Structures That Add a Touch of Sophistication to Any Outdoor Space

The ArcCan Guarantee

  • Nationwide service
  • All-weather canopies providing a 10-year framework guarantee
  • Free 3D visualisations
  • Dedicated project management
  • Over 40 pre-engineered designs
  • Equip with accessories such as low energy LED lighting infra-red heating


  • PVC coated polyester
  • Powder coated steel columns 
  • Alternative fabrics on request as well as galvanised steel and timber frames

Creating Covered Areas That Inspire

Tensile fabric structures are an excellent choice of shade. They offer a cost-effective solution when compared to traditional building extensions. They are a popular choice for architects and designers when specifying canopies for projects due to the versatility, durability and architectural intrigue they provide to any outdoor area.

As specialists in tensile fabric design, ArcCan has built up a respected collection of standard products regularly deployed at schools, hospitals and public attractions.

All of our tensile fabric structures are waterproof with high quality architectural lacquered PVC coated polyester membranes that offer 15-20 years of use. Our installations are finished with first-class marine grade stainless steel rigging and fittings to maintain a high specification.

Our range of pre-engineered models is varied, from conic gazebos, barrel vault and walkways to entrance canopies & hypar sails. For projects requiring something a little special, we are happy to provide our bespoke drawing services.

Tensile fabric structures are incredibly versatile and cost-effective compared to traditional building extensions. This makes them perfect for many scenarios, including playgrounds, outdoor classrooms, covered walkway links, entrances, performance areas, outdoor seating - the list is endless!

Unlike some other forms of shading, fabric membranes are highly translucent and UV resistant, making it possible to create sheltered areas that are light and airy.

We can offer a turnkey service, from expert design and engineering to manufacturing and installation and an aftercare service that ensures maximum life on your structure. We are just as capable of providing a design only or supply only service if that's what your project requires.

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Drop us a line today for a free quote!

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Tensile Fabric Canopy Case Study

Moto Services, Wetherby

We take great pride in the stunning covered walkway that we installed at Moto Services in Wetherby, and for good reason! We were contacted by JWA Architects to provide a waterproof shading solution in the area adjacent to the food and retail outlets in the external courtyard.

Popular Uses

  • Education: Outdoor dining, outdoor classrooms, play areas
  • Commercial: Shopping centre walkways, petrol services
  • Sports & Leisure: Performance areas, spectator seating, fan zones
  • Hotels & Restaurants: Outdoor seating, entrances, smoking shelters
  • Healthcare: Covered walkway links, cycle parking, play areas
  • Private: Patios and outdoor seating areas, car ports, hot tubs and swimming pools

How to Specify Our Tensile Fabric Structures

If you are an architect or specifier we would be delighted for you to specify ArcCan for your next shading project. To specify our products, head to our product search page to find the most suitable product.

On each product page, there is a technical specification that covers the essentials. For more information and 3D CAD drawings please contact us.