Cool Awnings Auckland,

Project Details

Fabric 1

Producer: Alnet Pty Ltd.
Supplier: QCD Ltd.

Please describe the project specifications

We were contracted to cover an area of approximately 200m2 with shade sails to provide sun protection for primary school pupils while they are waiting and watching sports on the field. The area was terraced with existing retaining walls, which we used to mount two rows of poles, with another row of poles installed directly into the ground behind the back fence line. A lot of time was spent designing the poles to ensure the sails had enough twist in the fabric to allow rain runoff.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

The customer wanted to cover a large area of grass, to give shade to school pupils when watching sports. The existing retaining walls could be used for mounting and a row of poles could be installed along the rear fence line. They did not want to damage the new sports field astrograss, so preferred that we did not dig holes into the ground for the rest of the posts.

What is unique or complex about the project?

We had to design posts to mount to the existing retaining walls that would be sufficient in strength to hold the large shade sails. The timber retaining wall was only 600mm high. Specially designed posts were engineered and installed to mount 4 large sails. Each post was different style and length, and needed to be individually numbered, with a map provided showing where each post was to be mounted on the day. They were bolted through the retaining wall posts and to be sure, we screwed into the retaining wall too. Key posts were manufactured so they could be attached to two of the timber retaining wall posts.

What were the results of the project?

The school now has a large area of shade to protect the pupils during the heat of summer.

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