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Category 11: Tension Structures (Coated Fabrics) 250sqm to 2000sqm

Winner: VECTOR Shade Structures 

Project name: St Augustines Primary School   

Fabric name used in project: Serge Ferrari

Fabric Supplier: HVG Fabrics

Component Supplier: Miami Stainless

Please describe the project specifications?

20m dia conic design, perimeter posts were set on a 10 deg rake, 2 posts were longer than the others due to uneven landscape design. Footings had to be installed prior to any landscape works. Perimeter beam is a large UB to act as a gutter and uses extrusion as a fixing method/tension system, central mast is 10m high and has jacking tensioning system installed. Alternate colours and a unique pattern design were used to make the canopy the feature

What was the purpose of this project? Whatdid the client request?

Client requested a large open waterproof space that was out of the normal for the junior section of the school, the structure had to cover 20m dia. After several option were presented the client approved the conic design. Once we begin engineering we presented 3 different patterns that we could possibly do for the client to make the structure stand out.

What is unique or complex about the project?

From the ground up this project was tricky. Footings designs and levels were all completed prior to other works which meant the set outs had to be perfect. Having the posts on a rack added to the design issues as the we needed to ensure that the perimeter beam fitted perfectly. Patterning of the sail required it getting checked by 3 different companies, this way we could make sure it was perfect. The sail fabrication was a long process and the end result is testament to the fabricators. We used a 100t crane to lift the canopy into place as there was no access to the area and we had to lift all steel and canopy for the adjoining oval.

What were the results of this project?

Clients were overwhelmed by the finished product and we have since completed further works for them.