Award for Excellence 2017, Shade Sails/Structures - Commercial

The over all project was designed to give a local landmark and historic swimming pool a modern face lift, revitalising the local community amenity.
Apart from the need to supply sails that were aesthetically pleasing, they are necessary to protect swimmers from the harsh North Queensland sun.

The client requested shade sails that were not only aesthetically pleasing but functional and able to withstand our local weather spectrum ranging from 30+ degree heat to tropical cyclones.

All fabrics and components were requested to be modern, of high quality and fit for purpose.

  • The project incorporates a barrel vault type design, spanning the large pool which internally houses 40 x individual hypar design shade sails, plus 1 x 530 square metre waterproof membrane over the grand stand area. 
  • The biggest challenge was working over a swimming pool, which was overcome by installing most shade sails prior to the swimming pool being filled.
  • The fittings used were a German designed ball joint on the market less than two years, allowing more than 360 degrees rotation. This was the first time used in Australia.

Overall the project is now a fully restored local icon and landmark, clearly seen from any high rise in the city and highly visible from planes as tourist and locals alike fly directly over the top. 

The local council took pride in using local contractors to complete the renovations on the first community swimming pool in the area.