Butterfly Awning Installation for Student Union

Whilst lockdown restrictions were easing, Lincoln University placed an order with our team at Samson for three large retractable butterfly awning systems, needed to create shelter for an outdoor bar seating area.

The butterfly awning system is a very popular option due to its pleasing appearance, retractable sun and rain protection qualities, as well as the easily retractable, self-supported system. Combined with LED lighting and infrared heaters, this project is a great example of how butterfly awnings can offer the perfect outdoor cover for large areas.



Lincoln University gained an extra 234 square metres (or 2,518 square feet!) of covered outdoor space using these awnings enabling a far more pleasant and healthier environment for staff and students to enjoy.

Each system can be sized to offer cover of up to 7m x 8m. The goalpost aluminium frame is manufactured up to 7m long and each side can carry a retractable awning with a projection of up to 4m each side.

These particular systems were all 7m long with 2 no, Markilux 5010 awnings either side, projecting 4m each and operated by remote control, electric operation for ease of management.

More on the Syncra Butterfly Awning…

The Markilux Syncra butterfly awning frame is a wonderful engineered system with super robust results, and a fine finish in a choice of various textured paint finishes with long lasting durability.

These are German engineered and manufactured systems designed, tested and developed in exactly the same climate as we have here in the UK, so are far more relevant than any systems only developed for sun shading. We probably have the most diverse weather in Europe here in the UK, often with all seasons experienced in one day!!

Contact Us

Call Samson Awnings for a quotation on any retractable outdoor weather protection system for domestic or commercial use on 01933 448844.

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.