Custom Structures for any Event

Stretch Structures create custom structures to suit any site

This year, the 2018 US Sport Aviation Expo was the venue for Cruiser Aircraft Inc to invite customers into  their custom inflatable hangar to view the beautiful SportCruiser aircraft. The giant red arch was a great calling card for all to see across the air field at Sebring, Florida. Check out more pics on Facebook.

Cruiser Aircraft Inc - Custom Inflatable Hangar

For custom design-build projects, we use a 5 stage process:

  • Stage 1 – Engagement and client briefing
  • Stage 2 – Initial design engagement with artists impression to scale with elevations, for client approval
  • Stage 3 – 3D mock-up on the computer and final pricing
  • Stage 4 – Pattern and manufacture
  • Stage 5 – Art work

Cruiser Aircraft Inc - Custom Inflatable Hangar 2

We provide Stage 1 as a free engagement service to enable us to understand the project, determine if we can assist you and provide a broad-based estimate.  There is then a charge of 10%  to proceed with Stage 2.  Payment terms are then 50% to proceed into detailed design and production with the remainder due prior to delivery and installation.

What is and isn’t included in the estimated price: 

  1. Full design and engineering of concept structure – included in price.
  2. Surveying the site (where possible) – included in price.
  3. Support frame structure manufactured – included in price.
  4. Fabric patterning and artwork – included in price.
  5. Foundation/Staging installed – not included
  6. Installation – organized crew arrive on site to install the structure  – not included

From this information, you should be able to get a good pricing estimate to see if we are in the ballpark. If so – next steps:

  1. A design meeting to set the scope and define the design brief.
  2. Get confirmation of intent through 10% deposit
  3. Start design drawings and engineering and firm up on a fixed price.

There are a broad range of options for structures including but not limited to:

  • Installation Services – Training or Activation (via a third party)
  • Flooring (broad range of options including integrated flooring)
  • Coloured Fabrics
  • Branding – full colour CMYK + White digital printing
  • Internal fit out
  • Truss Support System
  • Ballast Systems – Internal or external options
  • Lighting
  • Blower noise reduction system (for inflatables only)
  • Road cases/stillages

Contact Us to discuss your options.

Images supplied by Cruiser Aircraft Inc (Facebook @cruiseraircraftinc)

Truss and Stretch Fabric Dynamic Duo

 

WeAreColab discover Truss and Stretch Fabric Work Well Together

Certain combinations just work: bat and ball; peanut butter and jam! One other duo that we feel works brilliantly is the Truss and Stretch Fabric combination. It’s clean, it’s eye-catching and it can be designed to suit any environment.

WeAreColab Truss and Stretch Fabric

 

WeAreColab is a New Zealand company that design, build and theme bespoke temporary structures or spaces for events and brand activations. They recently created the perfect zone for their client, Speights to promote their product of the month, Summit Ultra Low Carb Lager, at the 2017 Auckland Marathon.

WeAreColab Truss and Stretch Fabric

Truss and Stretch Fabric combine to create the ideal space for post-marathon runners. A slick promotion that was airy, spacious and provided everything from shade, thirst quenching low carb lager, a massage for tired muscles and a great boost for the Speight’s brand.

WeAreColab Truss and Stretch Fabric

Check out the full Stretch Structures range of truss solutions or read about other recent truss structure and stretch fabric installations.

Images supplied by Zach Lewis, Operations Manager, WeAreColab (Facebook @Colab.Projects)

 

5 Ways to Kickstart 2018

You know the drill – New Year, New You – right?

Let’s cut through the clutter and get down to some meaningful changes that could make 2018 the year you’ve been waiting for!1. Deep Clean – clear out the clutter from your life, your workspace, your home, even your car. Starting with a clean slate is like a breath of fresh air for the soul.

2. Start with eye contact – it’s a small gesture and it’s free! Making eye contact with whoever you are dealing with works to engage that person and reinforce the human contact that is so sorely missed in the (device ridden) world today.

3. Psychology Today’s Linda Esposito (LCSW) from Anxiety to Zen says to concentrate on:

  • the big 3: quality sleep; lots of water; slow, deep breathing
  • smile more – it helps lower heart rate
  • talk less – sometimes silence speaks volumes!

4. Have you heard of the 80/20 Principle? It’s author, Richard Koch, and entrepreneur Bob Skinstad have joined forces to teach the principles of this workplace and life philosophy: 80% of the effects come from 20% of the cause. They’ll share skills to translate your talents and abilities to achieve success and get the most out of your productivity. Check it out at richardkoch.net

5. That segways perfectly into our last point – call in the experts. Whatever area you are concentrating your efforts on, don’t forget to call on those experts in their field. Looking for the best structure for your upcoming event? Call on Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures to advise and guide you when it comes to finding the perfect structure for your needs. We know what we’re talking about!

Stretch Tents – Year End Look Back 2017

Super Custom Stretch Tent Projects

With the end of 2017 fast approaching, let’s look back at some of our custom stretch tent projects that left a lasting impression on us!

Custom Stretch Tent for SEAM - School in a box
Custom Stretch Tent for SEAM – School in a box

Read how SEAM created a School-in-a-Box concept – educational resource materials (library, computers etc) are stored in a small central box which is secure and weather-proof. When open, shelving and a fold-out work space for the computers is revealed. And this is where Stretch Structures come in: all school materials are protected by a super-durable, weather resistant tent with retro-fitted guttering system which not only looks good, but works to collect rain water.

Scallywags Custom Stretch Tent used as a Stage
Scallywags Custom Stretch Tent used as a Stage

Read how the ultimate travelling band, The Scallywags run their own event, Field Good Music, as well as appearing all over the UK. And with them all the way is their trusty bright yellow Bedouinflex Stretch Tent attached to their tour bus – their signature draw card!

Wood of a Kind Stage and Custom Stretch Tent Cover
Wood of a Kind Stage and Custom Stretch Tent Cover

Read how Tommy Lyle of Wood of a Kind builds environmentally friendly wooden stages for festival clients and chose Bedouinflex Premium stretch fabric for the custom canopy of the stage in order to insulate and waterproof the wooden structure. The concept: the stage needed to be permanent, but the waterproof canopy would be assembled and disassembled according to the up-coming event.

Custom Stretch Tent & Truss for Jaguar XE launch @ Australian F1 Grand Prix
Custom Stretch Tent & Truss for Jaguar XE launch @ Australian F1 Grand Prix

Read how the Jaguar XE was launched @ the Australian F1 Grand Prix under a Stretch Tent and Truss. The client brief: “the largest, most impactful brand exposure possible – as eye-catching as the car!” The stage truss structure for Jaguar provided dynamic design and the tasteful combination of precision stitched leather, chrome and highly polished alloy surfaces.

 

Line-X Inflatable Axion – A Winning Display

 

Line-X Puts Best Foot Forward using an Axion Exhibit

Line-X Australia wanted an outdoor exhibit that would put them a step above their competitors. After discussing their options with Stretch Structures they chose the AXION Square with branding, visors and side walls. The structure turned heads at their latest show, the Perth 4WD and Adventure Show, and made a positive impact in bold black, which made their yellow Line-X logo pop.

Line-X Axion A Promotional Display

Line-X, an Australian-based company, provide protection for your vehicle with the toughest and most durable bed-liners on the market. The product is sprayed on and is designed to meet the needs of all truck owners: farmer, hunter, contractor or weekend adventurer.

David Newton, Retail and Franchise Operator @ Line-X Astralia, was extremely happy with the results: ‘The show went really well, and a huge part of that was the Axion Display. I could confidently say that this one event would have covered the initial outlay. Not necessarily from profit alone, but the other factors such as Brand Image (not only to our customers but also to other exhibitors at the show), and exposure and the work that will flow on from the connections made. Our display really put us a step above our competitors and confirmed our position in the market as the #1 spray on liner.

Line-X Axion Outdoor Exhibit

Thank you for making this happen on such a short timeframe. Your prompt action, attention to detail, and professional service made the whole process very straightforward, and as such I have no doubt we will be talking to you soon regarding additional equipment.

We were delighted to add another satisfied customer to our AXION family of fans.

Read more about Axion Attractions and why our axion inflatable tents are so right for your next campaign.

Images supplied by Line-X Australia (Facebook @LinexAustralia)

 

AXION Flower – a unique structure

 

Innovative Eye-Catching Design

The inflatable AXION flower is inspired by nature. The unique design of the FLOWER is sure to grab attention at any event, promotion, or festival. Designed to be distinctive and eye-catching using a freestanding and solid framework.

Axion Flower Inflatable Stretch Structures

The AXION flower is available in three sizes to meet different tastes and budgets.  The AXION flower is engineered with a combination of three materials, all fitting within the same high standards you’ve come to trust from Stretch Structures.

The shape of the petals is guaranteed by our patented system of high-pressure pneumatic tubes. The tensioning of the petal membrane is achieved with our FR certified, high tech Bedouinflex PU stretch fabric. The weight of the whole structure is supported by the steel components of the central pole and perimeter plates with water ballast bags.

The AXION flower is certified for use in winds up to 100 km/h, and in the case of strong wind the design allows for retraction of the centre pole to decrease total height of the whole structure by 1.3m. 

Stuart Johnstone, Managing Director of Stretch Structures, explains: “We are continually looking to enhance and improve our product range and have responded to feedback from customers who want event and promotional structures that grab customers attention and provide a lasting and memorable experience.

Stretch Structures offers a wide variety of marquees and promotional event structures to suit a broad range of outdoor events, festivals and promotions.

All products are quick and simple to erect and are designed to withstand climates as diverse as the harsh Australian outback to the challenges of the UK weather.

For more details, contact Stretch Structures on

(AUS) Tel: +61 2 8916 6231

(UK) Tel: +44 20 3769 5402    

(US) Tel: +1 213 401 2531    

(NZ) Tel: +64 9 951 9917

or visit our website www.stretchtents.com.au

 

Semi-Permanent and Permanent Stretch Structures

 

We’re happy to say that the need for our structures to be used on a permanent and semi-permanent basis is growing.

Although we’re not quite at the stage where we can safely recommend leaving them out in a deep northerly (snow filled) winter, we are happy to report that one of our more successful semi-permanent structures is enjoying ongoing success and it tickles us with pride!

Guests relax on the Larapinta Trail - Semi-Permanent Stretch Tent - Photo by Neeson Murcutt Architects
Guests relax on the Larapinta Trail – Semi-Permanent Stretch Tent – Photo by Neeson Murcutt Architects

Larapinta Trail Campsite Project

Two campsites along the Larapinta trail were developed with World Expeditions to provide shelter and comfort to their trekking groups through a series of minimal impact structures. It was part of a strategy to broaden the profile of guests, whilst maintaining authenticity – you are still camping after all!

The campsite arrangements are influenced by the particularities of each site, but bound by the elemental issues of existence in such a remote environment. Each campsite comprises a shaded communal platform, an ablutions tent with two toilets, and two separate shower tents.

Sleeping is in swags, either out in the open or sheltered within smaller off-the-shelf safari tents.

 

 

Unoccupied throughout the hot summer, the camp is ‘packed down’ and remains as a series of enigmatic relics in the landscape, designed to withstand the toughest of desert conditions.

Check out our latest projects here

 

Stretch Fabric Care and Cleaning

White 9m x 12m Stretch Tent - one side down
White 9m x 12m Stretch Tent – one side down

Our Fabric Assets

Our fabric has been specifically chosen for its strength, flexibility and longevity.  It’s designed to withstand the weather elements as well as the rigours that hire and event companies put their products through.  

All our fabrics are manufactured exclusively in Europe.

The Green Effect

Our premium Bedouinflex fabric is a PVC free fabric.  We use a polycarbonate Polyurethane in the coating as opposed to the far less environmentally friendly PVC coated fabric.

Some of the environmental benefits of Polyurethane are: 

  • Decomposes quicker than PVC (it breaks down to water rather than the toxic byproducts of PVC)
  • Incinerates more safely 
  • Emits a lower level of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) 
  • It is phthalate-free (phthalates [pronounced thalates] are a group of chemicals added to plastics for flexibility and durability, aka plasticizers)

Care and Cleaning

Our structures are super strong not only because of the quality of the fabric, but also because of the triple layer of fabric and elastic webbing along the edges of the tent.

This ensures that they are reinforced and strong enough the withstand the forces of winds that they are rated for. This area needs to be bone-dry before the structure is packed away (especially for end of season) as it takes the longest to dry, especially the elastic.

Our fabric is inherently dirt repellent and can be machine washed at a temperature of 75ºC. However, if stubborn stains such as red wine, pen marks or graffiti do occur, we recommend trying a 10 to 1 mixture of bleach cleaner. Simply make the mixture up and scrub it gently onto the effected area and leave to dry. Then wash off with a damp cloth with clean water.

All the fabrics do have the Ultra fresh Anti bacterial treatment impregnated into the fabrics.  This is the market leader for anti-fungal and anti-bacterial treatments and is used in medical grade fabrics.

Printing Process

Having the right fabric enables us to use the Dye Sublimation printing process when branding any of our stretch fabric products. This guarantees we achieve a high quality print and depth of colour. Read more about our printing process.

 

 

Spooky Inspirations from Stretch Structures

Halloween is a day (and night) filled with fun, plenty of candy and perhaps even a few spine-chilling moments (is that a White-Walker in the bushes?).

People tend to go a little overboard when it comes to decorating – and why not? This is where we can help out and perhaps provide a little bit of structural inspiration.

As you may know, we have a variety of structures at our ‘one-stop-shop: https://www.stretchstructures.com/  but we’d like to take this opportunity to show you some structures that may lend themselves to your Halloween celebrations.

These lycra structures reflect any light being cast upon them, making for a somewhat eerie glow.

This bright orange Stretch Tent has been further enhanced with internal lights and spooky, Halloween inspired lights projected on the surrounding trees.

Our AXION range of structures are available in oranges, purples or straight black. Add side walls and print a few ghoulie type images and your set for a spooky night.

Last word: We were talking about structures, yes, but as a parting shot, consider these internal lit airflow inflatable lights. Follow the link for more information: https://stretchtents.com.au/collections/inflatable-lights

Custom-made Stretch Tent Services

Stretch Structures have had the privilege of working with amazing clients to design and deliver incredible custom-made stretch tent structures. We thought we’d share a few with you and walk through our process for custom designs. Interested? It’s all about making your dream become a reality – if you dream it, we can build it.

Xstrata SMI - Stretch Tent Custom Pavilion
Xstrata SMI – Stretch Tent Custom Pavilion

For custom design-build projects, we use a 5 stage process:

  • Stage 1 – Engagement and client briefing
  • Stage 2 – Initial design engagement with artists impression to scale with elevations, for client approval
  • Stage 3 – 3D mock-up on the computer and final pricing
  • Stage 4 – Pattern and manufacture
  • Stage 5 – Art work
Wee Green Cinema, Take One Action Film Festivals - Clearspan Custom Stretch tent
Wee Green Cinema, Take One Action Film Festivals – Clearspan Custom Stretch Tent

We provide Stage 1 as a free engagement service to enable us to understand the project, determine if we can assist you and provide a broad-based estimate.  There is then a charge of 10%  to proceed with Stage 2.  Payment terms are then 50% to proceed into detailed design and production with the remainder due prior to delivery and installation.

Larapinta Trail - Custom Shaped Stretch Tent
Larapinta Trail – Custom Shaped Stretch Tent

What is and isn’t included in the estimated price: 

  1. Full design and engineering of concept structure – included in price.
  2. Surveying the site (where possible) – included in price.
  3. Support frame structure manufactured – included in price.
  4. Fabric patterning and artwork – included in price.
  5. Foundation/Staging installed – not included
  6. Installation – organized crew arrive on site to install the structure  – not included

From this information, you should be able to get a good pricing estimate to see if we are in the ballpark. If so – next steps:

  1. A design meeting to set the scope and define the design brief.
  2. Get confirmation of intent through 10% deposit
  3. Start design drawings and engineering and firm up on a fixed price.
Rochford Wine Estate - Custom Stretch Tent
Rochford Wine Estate – Custom Shaped Stretch Tent

There are a broad range of options for structures including but not limited to:

  • Installation Services – Training or Activation (via a third party)
  • Flooring (broad range of options including integrated flooring)
  • Coloured Fabrics
  • Branding – full colour CMYK + White digital printing
  • Internal fit out
  • Truss Support System
  • Ballast Systems – Internal or external options
  • Lighting
  • Blower noise reduction system (for inflatables only)
  • Road cases/stillages

Contact Us to discuss your options.