Tensile Architecture Design

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

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

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

Our range includes: 

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 that would be almost impossible with traditional building methods. 

What is a Tensile Fabric Structure?

What Architects Need to Know About Tensile 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.

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Tensile Sports Domes

J & J Carter offer two primary solutions for tensile sports halls:

Inflatable Sports Halls

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

Fabric Sports 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.

View our Tensile 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.

Discover our Interior Tensile Sails

Shade Sail Canopies

The membrane lite range of pre-engineered shade sail canopies 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.

Benefits of Shade Sails

Residential Tensile Fabric Canopies

Tensile fabric canopy structures make it possible to create dramatic, exciting and striking outdoor structures as it offers translucency, is lightweight and uses tension to create a three-dimensional form.

White Pavilion tensile canopies are fabricated in the UK by J & J Carter Ltd. The PVC membrane designed for the commercial tent and marquee trade.

Learn more about residential canopies