Tension Membrane Structures

Tension membrane structures are now the future of solid roof structures in an outdoor environment.

More than 80% of new stadiums built internationally are now built out of fabric structures. They are no longer solid steel, heavy corrugated iron structures. They are lightweight steel frame fabric structures.

At Pattons, we’ve worked on structures for:

  • Golf Clubs
  • Hotels
  • Sporting Events and Venues
  • FremantleMedia
  • City of Sydney
  • Hansen Yuncken
  • Brookfield Multiplex

What is a tension membrane structure

A tension membrane structure is fabric structures supported by compression or bending elements, like beams, masts, or compression rings. They’re often used as a roof as they are attractive, maintain great natural light, economical and can span large distances.

Tension membrane structures transmit more light than traditional structures, reducing and sometimes eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day.

Their design is modern and sleek, with minimal steel work, and there is virtually no limit to the kinds of complex shapes and forms you can create.

These materials used are reflective, and so can deflect heat, as well as being waterproof and providing shade. Structures can be designed to accommodate blinds around them to fully enclose areas to be used during all weather conditions, all year round. This is great for hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs.

The materials are long lasting, often with 15-20 year warranties and can have a longer lifespan than traditional roof systems.

How we work with you on your tension membrane structure

At Pattons, we provide a consultation service for architects and clients. This starts with conceptual designs through to engineering and shop drawings.

We like to come in at the early stage to help make sure the design process is thorough to save money for the client down the track. We then manufacture the structures in-house and provide project management, installation on-site and engineering certification. We provide the whole solution from concept design to practical completion and can also be engaged just to design and consult for those who like to manufacture their own products.

Our efficient and effective project management systems mean we deliver quick turnaround through design, manufacture, and installation phases.

Would you like to know more? Please call 02 8033 7754 or email tom@pattons.com.au to book an initial consultation.

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