Our client, a prominent new and second-hand car retailer had recently purchased a large block of land onto which they intended to move most of their operations and stock. They wanted to stand out from their competition by being the largest outdoor undercover car yard in the state, while having a safe place to store their stock of new cars and saving money on insurance due to the protection provided from possible hail storms. This was a massive project – the lot was approximately 200 metres long and between 60 and 90 metres wide. The difficulty was that the block sloped both east/west and north/south and the architect wanted the tops to be level. With the land sloping both ways we had a situation where one side of the rafter was lower to the ground, so we had to take into account the clearance height on the high side. The result is a magnificent car sales lot of epic proportions. The client is happy and sales figures are up... whether this is because of the structures is unknown, but they did reveal their insurance premiums have decreased significantly because they have dropped the hail damage premium. We have implemented a maintenance program for the next 10 years so they have a worry-free car yard.
Award for Excellence 2019, Tension Structures - Greater than 2000qm