The Structures By Design team took to the road crossing the border into South Australia for a meeting with one of our established partners, Grill’d Burgers. We’ve worked with Grill’d on a few different occasions as they’re always wanting to ensure the best experience for their clientele. Being a high-end food chain Grill’d must cater to the needs of its customers and ensure that they have the flexibility of eating inside or out no matter the conditions or time of day. Having an adaptable outdoor living space assists with customer expectation and satisfaction. Having the ability to utilise the outdoor space throughout the year in all weather conditions is most important. Grill’d have seen this and having the ability and flexibility to seat greater customers with space and open-air does give them an edge over their direct competition.
The project in question was at the busy shopping centre in Marion, Adelaide. Grill’d have an existing large open outdoor space which is raised & North facing meaning it is subject to strong northerly winds and constant sun. Grill’d had tried umbrellas and the like but they needed something which gave them the ultimate flexibility to use the space all year round.
Once returning back to Melbourne we consulted with our designers, Grill’d and centre management to decide on a product that when installed would complement the restaurant’s surroundings and take full advantage of their outdoor space with optional weather control. Our Bioclimatic Retractable Roof Pergola System stood out as a popular product used previously and frequently for pubs and restaurants perfect in ensuring shade & shelter when required. In addition, x2 Tracked Blinds would be recessed to the front of the system in clear PVC to maintain the outdoor aspect and undisturbed view while providing a barrier and enclosing the outdoor space against winds to offer a pleasant outdoor experience for customers.
3D Modelling and Design was conducted to give insight into our products specifications and provide the Grill’d team with the best visualisation of our finished product at 10.5m in width spanning across the building projecting 5m outward. The Retractable Awning Pergola would be a double module unit with integrated LED lighting. Back and forth occurred as expected with permits required and larger companies but overall the client was certain on the design and before we knew it, we were back in Adelaide to begin construction.
As the building was not made of precast concrete, we required x2 timber support beams mounted to the building, our system would project out from there. X3 posts were bolted into the existing slab at the projected side with a beam for stabilization and at lower heights to give the required pitch when the roof is fully retracted. Piece by piece the retractable roof awning pergola is connected together and the build begins to take shape all powder coated in black with Ferrari 502 full blackout PVC skin retrofitted, somfy motorization and runner LED lighting to give Grill’d the ultimate flexibility to use the space during evening hours and transforming the area into a multifunctional alfresco space for customer enjoyment.
Drainage for this 53sqm system is allowed by the pitch of the roof feeding water back into the integrated gutter system with all drainage discharged at water outlets. To add icing to the cake of this benchmark shade project, we installed x2 Tracked Blinds recessed to the beam and posts of the projected side to provide a full-proof wind barrier from top to bottom. Spring operated and fully enclosed these blinds run via tracks on either side housed in a pelmet hooding and all waterproof and powder coated to match the roof systems as if it was a singular piece. Finished in clear PVC fabric these blinds provided an undisturbed view and optimised comfort for this outdoor living area.
We were incredibly pleased with the end result and the time frame in which we were able to execute it. We thank Grill’d for the opportunity to present a benchmark shade solution that would distinguish a clear competitive advantage over neighbouring restaurants. We hope customers make full use of our newly defined third space and look forward to working with Grill’d in the future.
Product: Motorised Retractable Pergola with Tracked Blinds
Location: Westfield Marion, South Australia
Programme: 2 months