Large fabric structures have generally been thought of as those that have a fabric surface area greater than 1000 square metres. 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 boundaries are defined structurally and geometrically by straight or curved elements such as arches, edge beams and cables. The prestress forces from adjacent panels often counterbalance and the more efficient structures have a larger degree of symmetry and continuity such as a complete "bicycle wheel" for the roof a major sports stadium.

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The following articles are in random order:

Greenslopes Private Hospital Car Park Canopies

Entrant:             Architectural Sails (Qld) Pty Ltd - Contractor
Location:            Lot 108 Nicholson St - Greenslopes Qld 4120
Client:               Ramsey Health Care
Architect:          Phillips Smith Conwell Architects Pty Ltd
Struct. Eng.:      Bligh Tanner & Wade Design Engineers
Others:             Ozrig Pty Ltd (Installation)
Builder:             John Holland Pty Ltd
Fabricator:        Ruffles Engineering & Atkins Fabrication


Auckland Zoo Aviaries 


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


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.

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


  • 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.


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.

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Pacific Fair Resort Roof

Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)

Location: The Esplanade.   Completed:

Client: Scentre Group (Westfield)

Team:  Scentre Group (Westfield), Wade Design, Textile Fabrication Services, Fabritecture 

ASU – Skysong

Entrant:          Atkins Fabrication (Aust) Pty Ltd – Fabricator
Location:         Arizona State University – USA
Client:             USA Shade & Fabric Structures Inc.
Struct. Eng.:    Wade Engineers
Fabricator:       Atkins Fabrication (Australia) Pty Ltd

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This project was entered in the 2013 LSAA Design Awards

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


  • Structural Engineer:    Jeremy Hunter

  • Specialists:                  Trevor Scott Building Designer

  • Builder:                       Light Weight Structures

  • Fabricator:                   Stanfast

  • Installer:                      Light Weight Structures


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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