Sun and Rain Protection at Pensthorpe!

Markilux Markant installation cafe installation by Samson


Samson Awnings recently had the pleasure of transforming a large outdoor cafe area at Pensthorpe in Norfolk, with an innovative solution to provide versatile weather protection for customers. An enchanting space surrounded by the beauty of the great outdoors and where fresh air is naturally appreciated, we were delighted to specify and install the Markilux Markant, providing convenient year-round sun and rain protection.

Markilux Markant cafe


Whilst the existing cafe was set in a charming space, it was typical of many outdoor areas found in the UK. Whilst it offered some tables and umbrellas, this realistically only provided some shade for one side of a table. In this situation, only two customers at a four-seater table can benefit from the umbrella, with no worthwhile protection or comfort in this area of the cafe during any rainfall.

A solution was needed to offer accessible, controllable sun shade and rain protection for over 25 customers sitting outside. It was vital to complement the beautiful environment whilst guests relax and take a break to enjoy the tranquility of this unique part of Norfolk.

The Project!

With this in mind, we surveyed and specified the Markilux Markant retractable roof for its excellent ability to provide year-round weather protection, with compelling, aesthetically-pleasing results. The Samson team expertly installed the bespoke, free-standing system, measuring 11m x 6m, in the Courtyard Cafe.

To achieve the scope required, two single systems were seamlessly coupled together. This provides four individually electrically operated roof sections, all controlled from one remote control handset.

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Contemporary Style & Traditional Charm!

It was important to specify a style that complemented the environment and natural surroundings. The cafe itself is lined with beautiful stone buildings, traditional features of the local area, and an endless variety of trees and plants. With the cafe soon to be decorated with freshly-painted timber of a dark-grey colour, the system was finished in an Anthracite Grey framework to suit, along with its uncompromising ability to lend itself to any future colour scheme.

Markilux Markant Technical Information

The Markant wins on so many projects because of the flat roof aesthetics, unlike alternative sloping systems.

In terms of convenience in design, the Markant directs the rainfall out and away from the area by collecting the water in built-in guttering channels. This then channels away from the supporting posts, which also work as downpipes.

The system has flat fabric retractable covers built inside the aluminium framework, and when it rains the fabric sags slightly and allows the rainfall to disperse through the holes situated above a rain gutter system. Beautifully simple.

The system can be mounted directly to a building or sit on its own support posts, with only four posts required for projects measuring up to a massive 6m x 6m.

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How can I order? Our approach

For many years we’ve helped our domestic and commercial awning and canopy customers.

How can I order? Our approach

1. Take several pictures of the area where you are looking to create an outdoor space.
2. Send your images with your details.
3. Tell us a little about what you want to achieve e.g. sun protection, rain protection, all year round use of space and so on.
4. If you have any preferences already, things such as retractable, fixed or both in one system. Don’t worry if you haven’t as we can advise and guide you later if needed. Read more

Email us today or call us on 01933 448 844 to discuss your requirements.