In need of additional outdoor space, playground shade and weather protection, St Crispin’s School were looking for a series of three colourful outdoor canopies in the school grounds. McLaughlin & Harvey came to us for a solution.
The Mendip 4P 400 is a popular multi-functional canopy from our pre-designed range. It was the most appropriate structure for the project as they are perfectly suited for providing play shade, shelter and covered seating with an elegant yet simple design.
The result provides and increased amount of practical open-air space which can be utilised in many ways including outdoor leaning, school events and socialising areas.
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Edinburgh Airport’s commercial team approached us to help them develop several landside canopies as part of their new East Terminal project. The scheme comprised of two long pedestrian walkway canopies adjacent to the taxi zone, a small bus stop canopy and a large terminus canopy.
We developed and the detailed the schemes with design engineers Tony Hogg Design & Scottish based steel fabricators Miller Fabrication, to include the primary steel structures for all canopies, fabric interface extrusion system and 44no. PVC fabric roof membranes.
The result is a series of visually impressive fabric structures providing an enhanced passenger experience to this historic terminal development project.
Tesco Bank recently opened its new HQ building in Edinburgh, the bank’s second such premises in Scotland. The event was recognised as an important step in the historic city’s bid to become the UK’s second city of finance and so, it was attended by Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond along with the Tesco Bank’s great and good. To add a touch of elegance to the entrance area of the refurbished glass curtain walled building, our ever popular Mendip Walkway was selected by architects LOM from our pre-designed range of fabric structures.
The Mendip Walkway is designed as a modular structure that can be offered in any number of 3m long bays. In this case two bays of the tensile fabric canopy shelter provided an attractive covered breakout space in the landscaped courtyard.
The bank benefits from a striking asset and Base deposits another successful project in its expanding portfolio.
Set in a disused quarry, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA) is Europe’s largest indoor climbing arena with more than 300 potential climbing routes and a world famous aerial assault course suspended 30 metres above the ground. The quarry is enclosed by a vast tensile fabric roof which had reached the end of its life span, so Base were called in to design, fabricate and install a replacement roof to ensure the climbing centre could continue to operate at the highest level, suitable for international climbing competitions.
Base specified an upgraded modern fabric, Mehler TF 400 Crystal, to replace the existing. With 40% translucency and a higher tensile strength for added durability the new fabric would ensure a brighter interior and longer life span for the climbing centre.
The project comprised removal of the existing roof and installation of seven valley roofs, eight ridge panels, seven wall panels and two gable walls covering a 6,150 square meter footprint. The scope also included structural steel remedials to increase strength and painting. During the course of the project, minimising disruption to the ongoing operation of the centre was key, with work scheduled accordingly and plenty of contingency planning to cope with the extreme weather conditions that affected the entire country at the start of the year.
“Zero incidents on a project this complex in very taxing weather would be a remarkable achievement for most companies, but it’s all in a day’s work for Base Structures. The prescient approach brought by the team – smoothing the way to keeping the building operational, despite developing design during the contract due to pre-construction access restrictions – made it a pleasure to work with them all. It’s rather sad we don’t expect to see them back for 25-30 years (on this job anyway!)”.
Mo Blane, CDM-C/Architect, EICA roof replacement