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Actualising Architectural Design Intent

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Moreton Bay Regional Council contracted Versatile Structures to manufacture and install a unique curved commercial playpark shade structure sporting a collage of aluminium butterflies and dragonflies for Pine Rivers Park.

Buildability on the architectural design was a challenge due to the curved, offset intent of the steel columns at substantial heights, in combination with a weighty load from the swaged wire grid purposed to sustain 46 units of routed 3mm aluminium decorative butterfly panels. The elevated curved steel columns had to be measured precisely to ensure the structure is safe to carry the heavy load of the wire grid.

We were asked to assist with engineering detailing to allow buildability of the structure and rigorous testing in our fabrication facility by our expert team guaranteed the true tensile capability of the swaged wire system while maintaining a beautiful, streamlined finish.

Our team had 10 weeks to turn this eye-catching structural piece around, from ensuring buildability, to fabricating the steelwork, creating the aluminium decorative panels, digging the footing, managing the install, and doing the paint finishes.

We hope the children at Pine Rivers Park enjoy playing under the structure as much as we enjoyed building it.


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    Jamie Howard - Director

    Co-founder and Director Jamie has been hands-on in the shade and steel industry since leaving school. With over 15 years’ experience in shade, membrane and steel projects, Jamie is excited about the design opportunities shade structures offer in the commercial and industrial sectors. Jamie’s extensive design skills give him a competitive edge in situations with technical design complexity. He has won two personal industry awards for his designs, alongside many company-won awards.