APPLICATION OF PROJECT
Playground shade canopy
WIGLEY RESERVE PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Wigley Reserve playground structure features an architectural shade canopy, designed to become a functional feature of the play space. The structure is a unique cable net canopy that utilises Gale Pacific Commercial Heavy 430 mesh. The concept behind the design was to provide adequate shade to the children below whilst simultaneously adding to the fun, adventurous spirit of the facility.
The overall design of the park builds upon the existing play space and fitness hub, created to be accessible by all. A fresh and vibrant recreational area integrated within the reserve, drawing on inspiration from the sand dunes that once inhabited the region.
DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF
Fabritecture was contracted for the design and construction of a cable-net architectural shade canopy covering a playground that was to become part of the Wigley Reserve development. The fabric structure was primarily designed to provide shade to the playground below but was also required to add to the overall ambience of the redevelopment project. The canopy covers approximately 240m2.
The painted steel frame supports the cable net structure with Gale Pacific Commercial Heavy 430 shade cloth panels of 1.4 x 1.4 supported within the cable net. The unique shade structure was part of an upgrade in the development of a prominent reserve within Glenelg North, Wigley Reserve, in SA.
The shade canopy was designed to hover over the children’s play space underneath, so had certain height and clearance requirements. Perimetral catenary cables tension the SS cable grid where the individual mesh panels are fixed. The stainless steel cable grid and cable clamps hold the canopy fabric panels.
The cable net shade structure is unique and striking and integrates seamlessly with the play space underneath, whilst providing shade protection to the people below.
The canopy utilises Gale Pacific Commercial Heavy 430 mesh fabric which is specially developed for large span tensioned fabric structures. The canopy provides shade and coverage to approximately 240 square meters underneath.
The canopy is architecturally unique, comprising of cable-net support structure, painted steel frame, and 1.4 x 1.4 shade cloth panels supported within the cable net.
COLLABORATION, CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE
To install the canopy at Wigley Reserve, the frame was assembled on the ground before being lifted onto 6 posts using a Slew Crane. Cable net is used to achieve tension within the structure. The canopy makes a wonderful addition to the very popular playground and provides an effective sun canopy to protect the children while they play.
The Wigley Reserve project is valued at AUD$250k.
Filename Caption and Credits
(UNO photo credits: Roxy Walsh; kidsinadelaide.com.au)
1083_01 - View from underneath the fabric canopy
1083_02 - View from underneath the fabric canopy looking up
1083_03-05 - Fabric canopy over the playground
1083_06 - Panned view of fabric canopy
1083_07,08 - Fabric canopy over the playground
1083_09-10 - Panned view of fabric canopy
1083_11 - Side view of fabric canopy over the playground (photo credit: Ruehl of Thirds Media)
1083_12 - Close up aerial construction shot of fabric canopy
1083_13 - Panned aerial construction shot of fabric canopy
OTHER INFORMATION - PROJECT CREDITS
Project Name: Wigley Reserve
Location (Street Address): 621 Anzac Highway
City: Glenelg North, South Australia, 5045
GPS Location: -34.97534185438007, 138.51254061371645
Completion Date : 31-Oct-20
Preferred Category (1-8): 1 – Small structures <250m2
Entrant Name: Fabritecture
Address (Street): Unit 14/15 John Duncan Court
Suburb: Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4227
Telephone Landline: +61 7 5587 7000
Mobile: +61 408 402 716
Website Address: www.fabritecture.com
Entrant Type / Role: Designer / Installer
Project Client: Consolidated Landscape Services (CLS)
Project Architect: JPE Design Studio
Structural Engineer: Wade Design Engineers
Building Contractor: Consolidated Landscape Services (CLS)