Feature Projects

The MakMax team boasts engineers, drafts people, architects and project managers, we are the only company in Australia offering this calibre of experience and knowledge, in-house at our Brisbane Head Office.

Our scope of work ranges from umbrella and modular structures to stadium, bridges and entertainment venues. Custom roof canopies, walkways, education shade structures, custom industrial structures, mass coverage protection, carpark shade structures, entry structures, retail and commercial roofing, fabric canopies and architecturally designed fabric structures.

We are limited only by design imagination and driven by our passion for every aspect of tensile fabric structure design – our team believes that anything is possible

Our project portfolio and our client list confirms our capability and reputation built on 35 years of operation in Australia.

Optus Stadium

The crowning cap of the New Optus Stadium is the “halo” roof that appears to float above the main seating bowl and façade. The use of architectural membrane materials created an ultra lightweight roof, enabling a lightweight steel frame to be constructed that compliments the minimal form of the roof.

The translucent roof structure was constructed with 2 fabrics to give contrasting light transmissions.

The roof is supported by cantilever truss frames and the main roof trusses are supported by feature columns and back stays that are all exposed above the Level 5 concourse.

The design was made possible through MakMax’s strong design and installation collaboration with the whole project team including architects, project engineers, steel fabricators.

QLD State Velodrome

MakMax Australia was awarded the Queensland State Velodrome project, a significant driver for the project is the provision of a facility, able to accommodate the staging of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Cycling events.

The Project is notable for its large saddle-form roof spanning over 10,000m2 in area.

The large steel superstructure is clad on the walls and roof with a combination of opaque and translucent Tensioned Membrane Fabric, each offering different light transmission levels.

MakMax developed in conjunction with the fabric manufacturer two custom membranes: FGT 800 – Blockout & FGT 800 – LT-8, which offers 8% translucency and was installed over the track (oculus area) to enable delivery of natural lighting to the track for cyclists and events.

In total the project required the installation of 23 roof panels and 20 wall panels: Roof Span North-South 120m, Roof Span East-West 110m.

Melbourne Tennis Centre - Show Court 3

Spectator comfort is paramount for major sporting events. Even the most ardent fan would think twice about sitting in the sun for hours to watch their favourite tennis player.

The canopy over the seating area for Show Court 3 at the Melbourne Tennis Centre is a feature that increased spectator enjoyment during a major tennis tournament.

The canopy designed and constructed by MakMax minimised viewing obstruction while providing effective shelter for patrons from both rain and sun.

Adelaide Tennis Centre - Centre Court

The Centre Court canopy at the Adelaide Tennis Centre is a credit to the city of Adelaide. The roof allows international tournaments to be played either during the day or at night. The canopy is large enough so that it protects temporary movable seating and corporate function event areas installed around the Centre Court for major tournaments. The structure is a showpiece that ensures Adelaide a place on the international tennis stage for the long term.


The Chadstone Link Walkway is a visually stunning fabric over glulam structure to provide easy covered access to patrons between the Chadstone Shopping Centre and Chadstone Melbourne.

The use of a high translucency fabric allows light to transmit easily and enhance the cathedral-like shape of the glulam arches.

The fabrication for the fabric panels was carried out in MakMax’s Brisbane facility.


This walkway is a 350m long architectural tensioned cable-net structure, which supports over 3,500 indigenous inspired artwork panels, crawling vines and plants and programmable LED lighting.

The Arbour Walkway was designed to guide the major pedestrian flows on game day from the main transport hubs at either side of the stadium precinct.

The cable-net structure is supported by bespoke steel arches and snakes around half of the stadium. It has nearly 15km of stainless-steel cables and clamps. At the bases of the arches, vines and crawling plants grow from garden beds and in time will rise up and over the precinct pathways below.


Torrensville Bowling Club canopy covers a bowls green to enable year-round use of the 12-rink bowls green.

The canopy has an additional awning at the side to cover a walkway. The canopy is constructed from painted steel and PTFE fabric and has LED lighting.

The PTFE fabric allows for great light transmission during daylight hours, and the lighting enables night socials and competitions.


The Playford Bowling club canopy covers a triple set of bowls greens. With a total coverage of 5300 sqm, and 21 rinks under cover, it is the largest covered bowls area in the southern hemisphere.

The canopy is constructed from painted steel and PVC and has LED lighting to allow for year round utilization irrespective of weather conditions.

The canopy allows for hosting of corporate and social events to assist in total revenue for the club.

South Headland Town CENTRE

The revitalisation of the South Headland Town Centre presented an opportunity for MakMax to use a timber frame to support tensile membrane Our client requested a timber framed saddle shaped structure erected to provide shade to an outdoor stage area. 

The PTFE mesh fabric provides a high level of light transmission and tensile strength. Fabric patterns were created based on the reactions of the wooden structure with some interesting variations found, that do not normally present in a traditional steel frame fabric structure. 

Successful collaboration between the three main stakeholders in this project was the key to bringing the concept to fruition. Timber engineers, builders and the team at MakMax worked together to ensure the two materials, wood and fabric, which rarely meet, operated in harmony.

Matagarup Bridge

MakMax Australia was awarded the contract for the delivery of the fabric underside of the Matagarup Bridge.

The stunning black base defines the curvature of the underside and provides a contrast to the curved shapes on the top side.

The bridge provides exclusive pedestrian and cyclist access over the river. The visually stunning 370m long, 9m wide bridge allows easy movement of people to the stadium and surrounding parklands.

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