Tensile fabric is the cost-effective material for when your brief asks for large open spaces and you want an alternative to bricks and mortar.
We refer to these types of buildings as ‘span structures’ or ‘long span structures’ – and it’s all in the name. These structures utilise truss beams to accommodate the long spans and provide a framework that doesn’t need many supporting columns. The result can be a vast open space with clear sightlines and no obstructions.
Using fabric to build these large, durable and versatile structures is a good investment in terms of square metres for your budget. The maintenance is straightforward as well, with fabric structures demanding lower maintenance costs than traditional buildings.
Enjoy natural light, indoors
Span structures are growing in popularity as the all-weather building solution for many indoor sports facilities. They’re a cost-effective solution, whether permanent or temporary, for additional warehousing or an industrial space for storing and moving large machinery.
One of the main benefits of using fabric over traditional building materials is the amount of natural light that comes into the space. A tensile fabric structure uses materials with high light transmission to create a building interior that’s airy and enjoys shadow-free natural daylight illumination.
Another advantage for indoor sports facilities is better acoustic performance. Tensile fabric structures have lower acoustic reverb than traditionally constructed buildings because of their lack of hard surfaces – the cause of acoustic challenges in any space.
Innovating long span structures
Whether you need to build all-year-round football pitches, new warehousing or even a bespoke aircraft hangar, we’ll use our experience and expertise to design, manufacture and install a span structure that delivers what you need.
We love to explore innovative uses for tensile fabric and apply our fresh thinking to existing structures. For example, we enhanced a span structure with a multi-layer system that incorporates an insulated air layer to help reduce heating costs. With natural light flooding through and insulated air keeping occupants warm, our client won’t be paying big lighting and heating bills for that fabric building.
Can we help you to swap bricks and mortar for tensile fabric when planning your next big open building?