Club Sapphire Bowling Green Canopy
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Completion Date: October 2016
Size: 3750 sqm
Fabric: PVC - Serge-Ferrari 1002T2
Client: Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Limited
Club Sapphire Merimbula, home to the Merimbula Imlay Bowling Club, underwent a large-scale redevelopment project in 2016, which included the addition of large double-green bowling canopy. MakMax Australia was chosen to design and construct the TensoSport-MAX Bowling Green Canopy, based on our Hawksbill leaning arch design.
The initial tender for the Club Sapphire redevelopment called for a large double green canopy – 42 metres wide x 82 metres long. Provision for an awning connecting the canopy to the existing club house and a covered walkway connecting the canopy to the carpark were also included in the plans.
MakMax proposed our TensoSport-MAX canopy in the Hawksbill curved arch design, with integrated side awning and a porte cochere incorporated into the canopy design.
MakMax’s engineers paid particular attention to some key details; the Hawksbill curved-arch design was suggested as it provides excellent ventilation to ensure all heat and moisture is able to escape all year (the proximity to the ocean means that this site has high dew-point throughout the year). We also incorporated a column free span to ensure perfect spectator viewing from the club premises.
The main canopy and porte cochere at Club Sapphire Merimbula is clad in Serge Ferrari 1002T2 PVC. PVC canopies are lightweight and flexibility, offer a uniform translucency (approx. 8% visible light transmission) which optimises natural lighting. The PVDF coating on the polyester base cloth provides a good dirt-resistant surface treatment and has exceptional resistance to UV and extreme atmospheric conditions.
Positioned above a seating area and raised above the edge of the roof, the side awning is made from Chukoh PTFE. PTFE has a much higher light transmission level, bringing more light into the seating area, and PTFE also provides a better fire-performance rating- an important consideration for public ingress/egress zones.