The client required a freestanding fabric awning wind rated to over 200 kilometres per hour covering a large outdoor restaurant area adjacent to the departures lounge of the Cairns Airport. The rear support columns were set at a vertical angle however to enhance the visual appearance of the design the front columns were set with a lean towards the exterior of the design. The fabric tensioning system comprised a track system of robust aluminium extrusion on all perimeter edges. Illumination of membrane at night from lights below was designed to comply with CASA night time landing standards.
The whole structure above footing level was fabricated off site and fully installed in only 3 days and has been a great success. This project won the Award for Excellence for Commercial Awnings and Canopies (<112m2) at the 2011 International Achievement Awards at Industrial Fabrics Association International.