Award winning Heritage Park shade structure installed by Versatile Structures

Heritage Park Project Overview

Welcome to the Heritage Park Project, a stunning example of nature-inspired design and engineering excellence, proudly featured by Versatile Structures.

Project Overview

Client Request: The client sought a nature-themed shade sail for their playground in Lismore, NSW, Australia. The objective was to create a structure that harmonizes with the surrounding native plant life, specifically the blooming wattle leaf, and provides maximum shade coverage for children and parents during the summer months.

Proposed Solution: We proposed a shade sail design that emulates the graceful curves and textures of the wattle leaf, symbolizing resilience and vitality in the Australian bush. Our design included posts of varying heights to create an architectural structure with six interlocking sails featuring floating midpoint connections. This not only maximizes shade but also creates a dynamic visual interplay of light and shadow, enhancing the natural beauty of the park.

Project Execution

Design and Fabrication: This project was completely new, starting from scratch with design, fabrication, and installation. The design phase leveraged drone technology for precise data collection, achieving measurements with less than 5mm variance from on-site markings. This level of accuracy was crucial given the park's flood-prone conditions, necessitating a design that allows for easy and cost-effective fabric replacement.

Challenges and Solutions:

  1. Soil Conditions: The unsuitable soil required innovative construction methods that bypassed the need for heavy machinery. When soggy ground conditions delayed footing installation, we employed vacuum excavation, despite the additional cost.
  2. Flood-Prone Area: The recurring floods posed significant challenges. However, our team adapted by designing an adjustable toggle method for fabric installation, prioritizing simplicity and cost-effectiveness.
  3. Footing Installation: The rocky soil extended the excavation process, but our team's persistence ensured successful completion.
  4. Traffic Deterioration: Light foot traffic caused visible ground deterioration during footing installation. We proposed and executed an alternative installation method by fitting the fabric to the framework in a nearby carpark and using an 80T truck-mounted crane for installation, which prevented further ground damage and expedited park reopening.


  • Sail Manufacturing: Copelands and Pickers
  • Additional Services: None required beyond internal capabilities


  • Fabric: Monotec 370, known for its durability and UV protection.


The resulting structure is not only a functional shade but also a visual masterpiece that seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings. The shade sail stands as a testament to our ability to overcome significant challenges through innovative solutions and meticulous planning. It provides a safe and aesthetically pleasing space for community gatherings, fostering a sense of unity and joy.


Our approach to this project was thorough and well-considered from the beginning. Despite unforeseen challenges, such as additional flooding, we successfully adjusted and implemented alternative methods to ensure smooth project delivery without causing further damage. This project highlights our commitment to quality and client satisfaction, and we are proud of the final outcome.

Technical Information

  • Structure Installation: After footing installation, we conducted a site meeting with the client to address ground deterioration. We proposed fitting the fabric to the framework in the carpark and using a crane to install it over existing tree cover, which the council approved. This method minimized ground damage and expedited the park's reopening.

The Heritage Park Project exemplifies our dedication to creating bespoke, innovative structures that enhance community spaces while respecting and integrating with their natural environments.

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