University of Portsmouth - Portland Building

Interconnected Hypar Fabric Canopies

Project Outline

Formerly used as a School of Architecture, the Portland Building was designed by Sir Colin Stansfield-Smith in the 1990’s. In 2014 the building required complete remodelling and refurbishment by University of Portsmouth to accommodate new schools for Business, Civil Engineering and Information Services, with Studio Four architects acting as lead consultants on the new scheme.

University of Portsmouth - Portland Building

Our Solution

A key success of the redevelopment included bringing an external, under-utilised courtyard into use with resurfacing and new tensile fabric canopy shelters. Six simple hypar fabric canopies manufactured from Type 2 PVC fabric and measuring 4.7m x 4.7m in plan were tensioned to shared posts. The substantial posts rising from the ground are made from galvanised mild steel, linking the individual fabric elements into a much larger modular structure.

 

Results

The structure as a whole is reminiscent of ship masts and sails – and it not only provides shelter to extend the usable external space but also helps to create a new identity for the Portland building. We hope this architectural flourish is one that Sir Colin Stansfield Smith would have approved of!

 

Interconnected hypar fabric canopies at University of Portsmouth by Base Structures
Interconnected hypar fabric canopies at University of Portsmouth by Base Structures
Interconnected hypar fabric canopies at University of Portsmouth by Base Structures

Project Summary

Client
University of Portsmouth
Location
Portsmouth
Date
2014
Architect
Studio Four Architects
Contractor
Midas Construction Ltd
Fabric
PVC
Product
Bespoke Tensile Fabric Structures
Services
Design
Design
Project Management
Project Management
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
Installation
Installation
Maintenance
Maintenance