These structures may be described as single surfaces or panels in the form of one of the classic hypars, barrel vaults, cones, panels with single or crossing arches - or a combination.

Larger fabric structures can also be made from several modules or panels of similar forms to build up a substantial sized structure. The multiple panels might be arranged in a linear layout, or in a circular or oval pattern commonly found in stadia roofs.

The LSAA has a Design Award Category for Large Structures which has been defined as being greater than 1000 sqm.

The following articles are in random order:

LSAA Design Awards 2013 High Commendation

Mooloolaba Bowls Club

Entrant:                                 Light Weight Structures

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4351
  • Location:                     Mooloolaba
  • Client:                         Mooloolaba Bowls Club
  • Completion Date:        November 2011

Credits:         

  • Structural Engineer:    Jeremy Hunter
  • Specialists:                  Trevor Scott Building Designer
  • Builder:                       Light Weight Structures
  •  Fabricator:                   Stanfast
  • Installer:                      Light Weight Structures

Judges Comments:

"An elegant project - the best of the bowling club offerings. As well as taking care of core business, the structure lends some design distinction to a town not oversupplied with architectural gems."

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

The project covered two bowling greens each measuring 1240 sqmts for a total undercover area of the tensile structure 3253 sqmts.  Fabric roofing was the superior choice of roofing material over metal roofing, as fabric offers translucency of natural light during daylight hours and with the use of energy efficient up lights an aesthetically favorable backlit effect at night with the added benefit of shadow free reflected lighting to the bowling arena. 

The structural design features leaning arches and valley cables spanning the width of the structure forming a Ridge and Valley canopy. The ends of structure are curved/closed encapsulating artificial nighttime light within the roof canopy minimizing the nighttime light spillage and annoyance to neighboring properties.

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Cabramatta Bowls Club

Entrant:                     MakMax Australia

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4301

  • Location:                     Fairfield Rd, Cabramatta NSW

  • Client:                         Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Ltd

  • Completion Date:        October 2011

Credits:

  • Structural Engineer:    Xiang Du, Fabspan

  • Builder:                       Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Ltd

  • Fabricator:                   MakMax Australia

  • Installer:                      SydRig

  • Steelwork:                   Steelman

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    long span sporting arena roof.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Sun safety in sport is a growing concern across all sectors of our community. Providing a playing surface protected from harmful sun is vital to the continuity of some sports. The sport of lawn bowls in particular have realised this is especially true for their aging demographic and shrinking membership.

DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF

Our client requested a sustainable solution to a host of issues threatening membership and revenue at their bowling club. The Sydney based club like many other lawn bowls clubs faced dwindling membership due to sun exposure and the reliance on games only being played during the day, rained out games, high cost of green maintenance and the inability to host night events.

East Cessnock Bowling Club

Entrant:                            Light Weight Structures

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4352

  • Location:                     Neath Street Cessnock NSW

  • Client:                         East Cessnock Bowls Club

  • Completion Date:        September 2012

Credits:

  • Structural Engineer:    Jeremy Hunter

  • Specialists:                  Trevor Scott Building Designer

  • Builder:                       Light Weight Structures

  • Fabricator:                   Stanfast

  • Installer:                      Light Weight Structures


APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    

The project covered one Bowling Green measuring 1820 sqmts. The project was designed to offer weather protection to bowlers, including night time use of the Bowling Green (in a residential setting) and minimal cleaning maintenance over the life of the structure. 

The client requested that the project offered weather protection to bowlers and require low levels of cleaning maintenance.  The club building was elevated and adjacent to the bowling green. Floor to ceiling glass in the Sportsman’s Bar and Restaurant offered panoramic views of the bowling green.  The club requested these views not be impeded. The Wide Span Structure was to integrate into the existing club building offering a weatherproof seal between the club building and the Wide Span Structure. Importantly, the club wanted to increase revenue by offering night time bowling to stimulate other income streams.  As the club was positioned in a residential area complaints from neighbours had prevented the operation of night time lighting of the green. The structure was to encapsulate the artificial lighting so the greens could be used at night.

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Auckland Zoo Aviaries 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT 

As part of a major upgrade to Auckland Zoo, Fabric Structure Systems built four new aviaries to accommodate different New Zealand bird & animal species.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Thirteen years in the planning and almost four years in the design and building, Te Wao Nui is Auckland Zoo’s most significant project in its eighty-eight-year history. Covering more than 20 percent of the zoo’s seventeen hectares, the exhibit showcases New Zealand species in their natural environment.

Visitors will journey through re-creations of six native habitats – the coast, islands, wetlands, night, forest and high country – featuring more than one hundred native plants and sixty animal species. Given the high proportion of winged and feathered New Zealand species, four of the zones are eighteen-meter-diameter aviaries, linked via a series of walkways.

Mumbai Arrival Plaza

Entrant:            MakMax Australia – Designer
Location:           Mumbai International Airport – India
Client:               Mumbai International Airport Limited
Architect:          Designcell
Struct. Eng.:      MakMax Australia
Others:             Mahimtura Consultants
Builder:             Mumbai International Airport Limited
Fabricator:         MakMax Australia

  

Queensland State Velodrome

MakMax Australia (Engineer, Fabricator, Installer)

Location: Sleeman Sports Complex, Brisbane.   Completed: August 2016

Client: Watpac

Team: Cox Rayner Architects, Tensys, Arup, MakMax Australia

The Farm - Anish Kapoor

Entrant:          Structurflex Ltd - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location:         Kaipara Harbour
Client:             Keystone Trust
Architect:        Noel Lane Architects
Struct. Eng.:    Structure Design & Compusoft Engineering
Builder:           Grayson Engineering
Fabricator:       Structurflex

  

Platypus Remediation

Entrant:  Global Fabric Structures (UFS)

•      Category:  4  ID Number:  3301

•      Location:         Sydney

•      Client:             Thiess Australia

•      Completion Date:  December 2012

Credits:

•      Structural Engineer:    Wade Design Engineers

•      Fabricator:                   Global Fabric Structures

•      Installer:                      Global Fabric Structures

APPLICATION OF PROJECT: Environmental Remediation

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The former HMAS Platypus site is nestled below the suburb of Neutral Bay, Sydney Australia on a quiet harbour inlet.

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This site has been an integral part of the history of Sydney Harbour since the early 1800's. A gasworks, a workshop for servicing torpedoes and a base for Australian Submarines have a left a contaminated industrial site that is excavated out of sandstone and spread over several levels.

The site has an area of approximately 1.8 hectares and includes 11 buildings and structures, some of which are of heritage significance.  The soils, bedrock and groundwater on the site are contaminated, predominately related to the former gas works operations.

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust acquired HMAS Platypus in 2005 and has commenced the restoration, for the enjoyment of present and future generations to enjoy the history, heritage and harbourside location.