Tensile Fabric Architecture

Tensile Fabric Architecture

J & J Carter has an established reputation in the industry for providing quality tensile architecture.

The beauty of tensile architecture is the versatility it can offer. Tensile architecture was established in the 1970’s and has since become a solution to providing dramatic architectural works through the manipulation of shape and texture, to create beautifully bespoke structures.

With the lightweight aspect, strength and versatility; tensile architecture provides a unique range of three dimensional forms suitable for all applications.

Our range includes: 

Working alongside the client's professional advisors, we can provide architectural solutions using the latest in fabric developments.

 

Tensile Fabric Structures

Tensile architectural fabric structures permit the design of exciting roof forms that would be almost impossible with traditional building methods. Our membrane structures span generations in their durability, offering in excess of 30 years lifespan.

Tensile Fabric Structures

Sports Halls

J & J Carter offer two primary solutions for Fabric Buildings for Sports Halls:

Air Supported

These continuous, soft roof membrane structures are supported by air pressure - unnoticeable to the occupants - within a totally enclosed space.

Frame/Fabric Structures

We use steel to make our frame / fabric structures as it offers even greater spans than aluminium. By using steel framing, it is possible for us to design the building to incorporate extra loads such as internal gantry cranes, HVAC systems and lighting.

Fabric Buildings for Sports Halls

Interior Tensile Sails

Through years of experience in external fabric architecture, we have designed interior sails and structures using the same technologies however with more refined and intricate detailing. The emphasis on the detail design is so important, with the sail and its attachments being much more apparent in some installations.

Interior Tensile Sails

Membrane Lite Canopies

The Membrane Lite range of pre-engineered structures are ideally suited to those looking for an 'off-the-shelf' solution. Without the cost of design engineering it is an economic alternative to a bespoke project, while still benefiting from the same high quality standard.

Membrane Lite Canopies

What is a Tensile Fabric Structure? 

A tensile structure is characterised by a tensioning of the membrane system (typically with wire or cable) to provide the critical structural support to the structure.

It can hold many forms, although it is generally based on two basic building blocks: The Saddle and The Cone. This creates dramatic and structural architectural works, offering a wide variety of free form design and roof structures.

What is a Tensile Fabric Structure?
Manchester College The installation of the canopy was outstanding from start to finish, with minimal disruption during our busiest week of the year, enrolment week. Visually it works to provide an exciting touch to the building approach.
National Railway Museum The work carried out by J & J Carter was actually finished before the anticipated completion date, with minimal disruption to ongoing activity at the museum. The structure is impressive, reliable and fully functional in the purposes for which it was intended.