Southampton City Cruise

Fabric Structure

Over £9 million was invested in refurbishing the UK’s number 1 cruise port, enabling the terminal to accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels afloat. Part of the refurbishment included a 320m2 curved fabric structure providing a much needed all-weather walkway for travelers moving between terminal buildings.

The Challenge

The design for this bespoke six-peaked conic tensile fabric structure was complicated by a 46m curved walkway. Patterning the fabric for a structure to imitate the curve exactly was an engineering challenge and one that Fabric Architecture relished. The 40m x 8m curved fabric structure was installed as a single fabric unit requiring a unique triple crane lift to hoist it onto its bespoke steel framework.

The Solution

The walkway canopy also serves as a meet & greet space with integrated seating and lighting around the columns. The fabric structure features iconic ‘cake stack’ head-rings adding to the nautical theme of the coastal port. To ensure the space is dry, the structure over sails and under sails connecting buildings and a fabric rain gutter was installed around the perimeter of the canopy. The result is functional and beautiful.

Project Specifications
ClientCity Cruise
LocationSouthampton, UK
Fabric TypeType III Mehler Valmex PVC
ArchitectTS Design Group

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