The purpose of this project was to shade and cover an area of 2500 square metres and to cover up to 5000 people watching tennis on the big screens, listening to live bands and enjoying the AO tennis tournament each year. It had to be designed, engineered, fabricated and installed within an 11-week time-frame, installed in one week, stay in constant use for two weeks, and be removed at the end of the tournament within four days. We had to find a balance between large structural steel members and quick installation methods. We developed a very fast installation mechanism utilising truss and pin connections. We also designed a cable grid system around the perimeter of the sails to reduce infrastructure and to save installation time. The result was a huge, flamboyant temporary shade structure that really wowed the Melbourne crowds and brought fabulous colour to the city’s skyline. It provided excellent coverage for the extreme heat and increased the public numbers watching the event. The staging style truss design also gave the client a solution that could generate additional income for them to recoup additional return on their investment. Since the event, the client has been approached by several other event producers to rent the structure for alternative events.
Award for Excellence 2019, Shade Sails or Structures - Commercial