Tensile Fabric Structures

Tensile architectural fabric structures permit the design of exciting roof forms that would be almost impossible with traditional building methods. Such structures have been developed since the 1970's and now include some of the most dramatic architectural works to date by offering variety of form, along with translucency, colour, clearspan and softness. These structures are lightweight, using tension to create the three dimensional form.

Our membrane structures span generations in their durability, offering in excess of 30 years lifespan.

Tensile fabric structures are all prefabricated to engineered drawings and calculations, and applications include :-

  • entrances
  • walkways
  • features
  • sports stadia
  • atria
  • retail
  • exhibitions
  • landmarks

Working alongside the client's professional advisors, we can provide architectural solutions using the latest in fabric developments. With an in-house team of structural engineers, project managers, installers, designers, membrane fabricators and steel/aluminum fabricators, we provide a single source of supply for architectural fabric tent structures. 

Please contact us to learn more about the full array of unique, award winning and location enhancing structures we have produced for a range of organisations.

Butlin's Skegness

Butlin's Skegness

J & J Carter were asked to manufacture canopies and the steelwork to cover the drive-through entrance kiosks of the Butlin's holiday park.

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Hendy Ford Showroom

Hendy Ford Showroom

J & J Carter were contracted to design and build a tensile fabric canopy to cover the outdoor sales area.

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Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport

J & J Carter were contracted to extend an existing canopy in the Silver Zone car park of Bristol Airport in order to create a covered area for bus passengers.

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The Malls

The Malls

The Basingstoke improvement works included the installation of a clear roof canopy and removing heavy over-hanging concrete canopies.

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Sharp Lane Primary School

Sharp Lane Primary School

During the project’s design phase it became clear that there were a number of compatibility issues between the proposed tensile fabric structure and the existing building which needed to be resolved.

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Tarantara (1999) By Anish Kapoor

Tarantara (1999) By Anish Kapoor

Even though BALTIC opened to the public in July 2002, the first BALTIC exhibition seen on the site of the building was Tarantara by Anish Kapoor.

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The Renaissance of Whitehaven

The Renaissance of Whitehaven

Phase one of what became known as The Renaissance of Whitehaven saw £ 47m invested in the town.

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Stourbridge Interchange Bus Station

Stourbridge Interchange Bus Station

The £7 million contract has successfully delivered world class facilities including two tensile canopies built by J & J Carter.

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Kingsmill Hospital

Kingsmill Hospital

The development incorporates a wide range of innovative features to achieve a practical yet striking building with exemplary environmental performance.

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Sandown Park Racecourse

Sandown Park Racecourse

As part of a multi-million pound refurbishment program to the Parade Ring, J & J Carter was tasked with designing, manufacturing and installing a canopy covering part of the stand area.

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Scotstoun Stadium

Scotstoun Stadium

As the leading fabric architectural company, J & J Carter were commissioned to supply a cover for the 1,432 square metre North Stand of the Scotstoun Stadium Athletics and Rugby Ground.

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New Watford Market

New Watford Market

Watford market’s move from the old Charter Place to it’s new home in a purpose built site next to the old TJ Hughes building was made official on 10th October 2014.

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Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

J & J Carter were contracted by BCL Group (Beaver Construction), a local building contractor, to design and build the 380m2 Double Layer Tensile Roof at RBTT Headquarters in St.Clair, Trinidad.

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Kilworth House Hotel

Kilworth House Hotel

The site for the auditorium was a wooded glade in the grounds of the hotel, which presented challenging build circumstances.

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Sterts Theatre

Sterts Theatre

In 1994, a second-hand canopy was purchased to cover the amphitheatre. However, as this canopy was not custom-made for Sterts there had always been issues with wind and rain getting under the sides.

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