Enoggera Bowls Club Canopy
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Completion Date: June 2019
Size: 3515 sqm
Fabric: PVC Mehler FR900N
Client: Enoggera Bowls Sports and Community Club
Photography: © Al Morris & Ben Slater (RPA)
When the Enoggera Bowls Club decided to renovate, they created an inner-city sports and entertainment complex – Pickering Place, complete with a new restaurant, gym, recreation facilities and a large double-green bowls canopy.
Nestled in a busy inner-city industrial suburb, Enoggera Bowls Club chose the MakMax Loggerhead style barrel canopy to be built in order to create an enclosing bowls roof that is weather-safe and attractive to both club and social bowlers.
A simple, yet solid structure, the barrel-vault style Loggerhead Canopy is 82m long and 43m wide, with a total fabric surface area of 3406sqm.
Bordered on one side by a separate tenancy and on the other a public carpark leading to the Enoggera train station, and with a clubhouse/restaurant and gym housed along one of the shorted edges, the canopy covers almost the entire footprint of the Enoggera Bowls Club.
The Enoggera Bowls Club Canopy is created with the hard-wearing Mehler FR900 ’N’ PVC fabric with a PVDF coating. The white PVC membrane was chosen for its lightweight and flexible properties, the ability to provide a uniform 8% (approx) translucency to optimise natural lighting, very good resistance to UV and extreme atmospheric conditions and it’s highly-concentrated PVDF dirt-resistant surface treatment.
The Bowling Green Cover also features 64 LED lighting units providing approx. 200 LUX of lighting for evening practice and social bowls.
“The benefits to the bowls club over the last 18 months have been enormous, not only having the cover, but the new artificial greens – the combination of those two things has made an enormous difference. Everyone is wowed by the facility, those people who haven’t been involved with bowls who visit our facility are blown away.
So the green, the canopy and the lighting all work magic.
At night-time, it’s like an absolute festival of bowls – it makes the game look more exciting. Our members are over the moon, the bowls community love it, and Bowls Queensland, who are our neighbours, are absolutely gob-smacked by how good it is for the game.” Dr. Neil Peach, Secretary, Enoggera Bowls Sports and Community Club Inc.