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Canterbury College in Queensland commissioned Versatile Structures to design, manufacture and install a waterproof shade structure for their new Olympic size pool 450m2 grandstand, as well as a pool structure cover of 278m2 for their second smaller pool area.

We chose to use Mehler Valmex FR700 Nano for both membranes, as the high fluoride content and other ingredients in the substrate offer 98% UV-protection and reduce the surface heat, making it much more bearable in the harsh Australian sun. Also, the membranes are easy to clean and has a long lifespan, which is an ideal investment for Canterbury College.

The steelwork was designed by our in-house tension membrane engineer, and the structures built safe and tough using heavy duty steel coatings, and engineered ground connections. Our meticulous design and craftsmanship ensure sails are designed with the latest 3D software, cut and pattern matched using a computerised plotter cutter and joined using double stitched long life PVDF stitch thread, to ensure they perform well for years, do not sag, pool water, or flap about in the wind!

The second phase of the project for their smaller pool area needed to be completed during school holidays to maximise site safety, which meant our team of six guys had only 4 days to complete the structure. They worked tirelessly and were able to successfully build and install the structure in time.

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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.