Johnson Matthey

New canopy improves employee safety on site

The challenge

To reduce the risks associated with being exposed to high winds in the trailer loading area.


The solution

To install a temporary canopy structure on-site with access for vehicles and space for storage.

Key facts 

  • 36m x 18m in two sections of differing height
  • Steel reinforced sliding curtains
  • Roller shutter door
  • Fabric under tension
  • 150 lux lighting

Project overview

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies that create solutions to the big environmental issues including clean air, improved health and a more efficient use of the planet’s natural resources.

Following a three-way pitch, CopriSystems were awarded the contract based on our in-depth knowledge, competitive pricing options and the strength of our team who were able to “guide them through the process”. 

CopriSystems proposed a prefabricated temporary facility, which could be installed with minimal disruption on site.  Sarah Brown, Logistics Manager for Johnson Matthey, found this to be a “major bonus” and commented on the efficiency of the team saying that they were“quick, easy and worked safely”.  

The facility, measuring 36m wide with a length of 18m is in two sections. The main section, used for loading of vehicles has an internal height of 5.57m and the smaller storage section has a height of 4.3m. 


The frame is made of hot-dipped galvanised steel with a heavy duty PVC coated polyester fabric under tension to increase longevity. Steel-reinforced sliding curtains provide access at the front while at the rear there is a fixed curtain using the same design. A roller shutter door was inserted on one side and a pedestrian exit on the other.

Since its installation, the canopy has withstood harsh weather conditions and an attempted break in. According to Sarah, “burglars tried to cut their way in” but were unsuccessful.  Tears in the canopy have since been sealed and reinforced using patches on the inside, which can’t be seen from the outside. 

Johnson Matthey have recently built an additional office inside the structure.  This has increased the efficiency of their work-flow and provided “an unexpected benefit” to the facility which has been financed through a customised rental scheme.  Tailored to a five-year term with option to purchase at the end, Johnson Matthey are able to use their revenue budget to fund the building.