Shape Constructions were contracted to bring life back to the AEU building in Abbotsford undergoing a full internal and external refurbishment of the old building. They came to us with their Architect to find away to best cover the existing steel framed cantilevered balcony structures in the most cost effective way whilst looking remarkable. Looking great and at a low price is all good and well but it must also be most practical and serve it’s purpose of minimising heat and sun glare to those on the balconies and also protect from inclement weather.
After much back and forth in consultation with our engineer we came to the conclusion that x3 sided tracked and tensioned, to the existing structural beams, shade sails was the best and most appropriate application. This took any loads placed upon the existing building away as the sails are purely attached to the steel. PVC tensile membrane was floated in early design stage but shadecloth sails was clearly the right choice in this instance. Shadecloth is said to be “showerproof” where as PVC membrane is completely waterproof, twice as expensive per sqm and carries around twice the wind loading.
Installation for this job was always going to be tricky working at height. We brought in a 120ft Boom lift and worked off the accessible roof also. SWMS and OHS&E is taken very seriously at Structures By Design (Australia) and closely followed protocol had to adhered too on this job and alike on all our installations. Standard aluminium tracking was used to embed and attach each shade sail triangle with regular cadar rope aluminium rope tracking, this being rather challenging at such great heights. We completed works in two half day increments and we are extremely happy on how the job has turned out.
Client: Shape Constructions
Location: Abbotsford (Vic)
Programme: 1 months