Strathallan School

We designed and built a new tennis and netball facility for Strathallan School in Perthshire, Scotland. The facility boasts three full-sized netball courts and three full-sized tennis courts.

Strathallan School

Tensile structures leading the way

Anthony Glasgow, Bursar, began researching the different building systems available and quickly established that, with the available budget, a traditional structure would not create the space they needed.

So, the focus turned to a tensile structure which could deliver exactly what the school wanted without exceeding their budget.

The school visited a number of tensile structures; one being Soccer World in Dundee, which had been built by Collinson a few years earlier.

The visit highlighted the superior quality of the facility, along with an excellent level of robust detailing, and the team from Strathallan came away confident that Collinson was the market leader in tensile structures.


Understanding our client’s requirements

Working with the school, the design team at Collinson strove to achieve the optimum layout and incorporate all the school’s key requirements. Now, the old hockey pitch is the proud home to a three-court structure, with sports surfaces marked out for three full-size tennis and netball courts – a massive four and a half times bigger than the school’s old indoor facility.

An energy-efficient solution

Our tensile building system is renowned for its efficiency. The clear-span steel superstructure is covered with a tensioned PVC membrane which requires minimal foundations and can be quickly erected.

The school opted for a white roof which allows light to permeate the building, flooding the courts with natural light, which allows savings on energy bills.


The tensile facility is a very cost effective structure, ideal for what we wanted to create. We’ve gained so much indoor sports space for our money and we’re delighted."

Anthony Glasgow, Bursar

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