Award for Excellence 2020, Blinds & Awnings - Commercial

Project name: Sankai
Entrant name: Versatile Structures
Project name: Sankai
Fabric used: Mehler FR580
Fabric supplier: Shann
Component supplier: Versatile Structures
Textile fabrication: Copelands and Pickers

The client needed to provide an all-weather solution to increase
the usability of an outdoor dining area. Smooth, sleek, white,
waterproof and no posts were the main design criteria we had
to work with. The main issue they needed us to overcome was
ensuring that both the top and underside finish were sleek in
appearance, with no supporting posts to the ground, along with
ensuring a complete watertight seal to the existing infrastructure.
Installation had to occur over multiple days with key requirements
for working outside of restaurant opening hours, while not
commencing works prior to 6.30am due to adjoining residential
properties above. This meant we had to complete works in fourhour
timeslots – a scheduling nightmare. The installation was
staged to ensure that the progress made within the time-slot did
not leave unfinished items or safety hazards. The client and body
corporate were ecstatic to see that what they had previously
failed to achieve, could be completed. The restaurant is now able
to function with increased capacity during rainy conditions, thus
increasing profitability.