FabArc gets Hummersknott back on budget

Working alongside Main Contractors, Walter Thompson, Fabric Architecture are currently onsite at Hummersknott installing the first phase of a large bespoke tensile structure over a courtyard area, providing a weather proof cover between buildings.

Hummersknott is a successful and thriving Academy in Darlington that is consistently over-subscribed. Built just a few years ago, additional facilities are being built to increase usable space within its grounds.

Fabric Architecture were approached relatively late in the tender stage to find efficiencies in the tensile structure. A previous tensile sub-contractor had doubled the weight of steel needed in the design, pushing the project into the red. Fabric Architecture set about re-engineering and re-designing the structure to make it more efficient, bringing it back in budget.

The structure measures 32m x 14m in plan and consists of 12 upright masts supporting a lozenge-shaped roof frame fitted with a double-skin canopy with integrated, protective bird mesh. Fabric is a type III PVC, Serge Ferrari “precontraint 1202”.

The steel framework completes this week and the fabric elements will begin in the New Year, with completion planned by mid-January 2016.


A bespoke hyper system for elegant open-air dining preserving views of the course and allowing customers continued enjoyment of the races.

A 240sqm wave-shaped fabric ceiling was designed to create a smooth and undulating surface with atmospheric up-lighters.