Case Study: Commercial Heavy 430 at Speers Point Swim Centre
- Size: 594m2 over 50m pool, 270m2 over 25m pool
- Colour: Aquatic Blue
- Project Completed: Dec 2019
Sail Designer, Fabricator and Installer: Alfresco Shade.
As part of a $684,000 state funding commitment through last year’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, Lake Macquarie City Council has helped co-fund multiple shade structure upgrades across fives of its Lake Mac Swim Centres, including a $300,000 redevelopment of the Speers Point Swim Centre. The upgrade is aimed at improving the amenities for a fast-growing community.
Since its completion in December 2019, Speers Point Swim Centre now includes a solar heating system, diving blocks and two brand new shade structures using 860m2 of Commercial Heavy 430 architectural shade fabric from Gale Pacific.
Alfresco Shade were responsible for the end-to-end process of designing, fabricating and installing the massive new shade structures. Due to the location of the project, they mentioned that each area needed “a cover that has to last the distance in a coastal zone”. The large single sail installations also required a monofilament fabric that was able to be tensioned evenly across four corners.
Commercial Heavy 430 architectural shade fabric has been engineered in Australia specifically to withstand extreme weather conditions on large scale tension structures. Made with a 100% round monofilament yarn and designed using a patented intertwining knit pattern Commercial Heavy 430 offers superior biaxial strength and load bearing performance.
“Bang for buck, Commercial Heavy 430 offers a cost-effective shade that gives the end user a 15-year warranty” – Alfresco Shade.
Unlike more traditional shade installations, the pool being the focal point of the project challenged Alfresco Shade to think creatively about the structures design and installation. The manoeuvrability of boom lifts and risk of heavy machinery cracking the concrete surface within the centre had to be carefully considered.
To combat these challenges, Alfresco Shade developed a unit that was able to be constructed 52m away in a nearby carpark. Then, using a 140-tonne crane to lift each structure into place, the design featured a fully bolted system which enabled the arms to be easily fixed to the columns. From here, Commercial Heavy 430 in Aquatic Blue was then rolled down and tensioned accordingly.
Image supplied by Alfesco Shade.
Overall, the outcome of the project was extremely successful. The clever design and installation techniques enabled Alfresco Shade to complete both structures in under 18 hours and the public was able to quickly get back and enjoy the new facilities.
Image supplied by Lake Macquarie City Council.
Since its completion, the complex has been recognised by multiple media sources which include commentary from State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper and Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser. In addition to the Speers Point Swim Centre upgrade, the remaining funding has also helped to improve local swim centres at Morisset, West Wallsend, Charlestown and Swansea. Further works by Alfresco Shade can be admired at Charlestown and Swansea swim centres.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser and State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper. Image supplied by Lake Macquarie City Council.
Other feature articles of the Speers Point Swim Centre upgrade can be viewed here: