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Is a fabric structure the right choice for your sports facility?
Hello, we’re Collinson Construction. We specialise in sports buildings. Today, we’ll cover the benefits of fabric structures for sport to help you make an informed decision for your project.
(We also design and build non-fabric sports facilities.)
On this page we’ll be focusing on fabric structures for sport. To find out more about tensile fabric structures in general, click here
Fabric sports facilities are constructed using a metal framework and a fabric membrane.
The membrane is stretched over the framework to create a covered indoor space that’s ambient and weatherproof.
The light-coloured fabric roofs allow daylight to pass through.
As a result, you get a naturally lit sports facility. We call it “the indoor-outdoor effect” because it’s like playing outdoors without the weather. Teams can train year-round and students get the benefit of sunlight.
Collinson fabric structures can span 100 metres clear with no internal struts or supports.
This makes them ideal indoor training centres because they can house full-sized 4G pitches without pillars breaking up the space.
As they use natural light in place of electric during daylight hours, fabric sports structures reduce energy costs.
They can also be fully insulated and heated to an ambient temperature, both energy efficient measures. Our in-house mechanical and electrical specialists can help you achieve sustainability goals.
The main components of our fabric structures are made in a manufacturing facility. These parts are then transported to and assembled on-site.
As most of the process takes place in the facility, the time spent building on-site is much shorter. There are also fewer construction delays because, unlike traditional construction which takes place mainly on-site.
Combining a tensile structure with modular ancillaries is an effective way to create a multi-use facility. Add fitness suites, classrooms, dance studios and more.
If you’re looking for an affordable sports hall, fewer materials and faster construction makes a fabric structure the cost-effective choice.
For an even quicker process, opt for a pre-engineered design. Alternatively, your fabric sports structure can be fully customised.
Some fabric structures use aluminium frameworks.
At Collinson, we use high tensile steel. It’s durable, long-lasting, and has a high strength-to-weight ratio.
Using this type of steel reduces the building’s frame weight by up to 20%.
A common problem with tensile sports facilities is fabric warp.
We use market-leading membrane that’s not only warp resistant, but also offers greater protection against UV, pollution and moisture.
Using this specially selected membrane also reduces the building’s cladding weight by 85%.
Because of the weight reductions from the steel and fabric, the groundworks needed to build the sports structure are much less.
The result? A smaller carbon footprint for your sports facility.
With 50+ UK sports projects, including a high number of tensile fabric structures, we’re highly experienced in delivering fabric sports facilities.
Our skilled teams can design, build and fit-out your facility. All you’ll need to do is turn the key.
Our fabric structures offer a wide range of design options.
Because our design team are in-house, we can customise everything from the colour of the membrane to the building’s shape and layout.
If you need an affordable sports facility, fast, our experts have pre-engineered and proven designs.