Retractable tunnels – a success story

Pathways of Protection

white retractable tunnel

The Retractable Tunnel works double duty and hard for you no matter the job at hand!

The irresistible sound and spirit-lift of the cheers as the team bursts into the venue. What builds the excitement even more is keeping the team covered till field time, till the crowds see them for the first time stepping foot on the field.

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Endless Potential

The benefits of the Retractable Tunnel are endless. It’ll protect the team when entering and exiting the field. Keep the talent covered as they enter and exit the stage – from green room to stage. This is a great way of building the anticipation even more! 

chicago cubs retractable tunnel

The Retractable Tunnel is the safest walkway demarkation path around any location and foot-traffic is protected from the elements – completely! Read more about the Chicago Cubs Retractable Tunnel

Technology at its best

Varying in size, the Retractable Tunnel expands and contracts at your will or its purpose. When extended, the structure is completely secure. If high winds persist, additional fixed anchors are there to reinforce the security of the structure. Smooth open and shut thanks to the nylon wheels which run on galvanized lift proof tracks. The Pantograph Tensioning System is what makes it strong and secure.

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Make it your own

Modifications are accepted. This product is versatile, which means you’ll get the exact solution to fill your needs. Both sides of the polyester fabric is lacquered with a protective gloss.

Blendable colours are your choice:

  • white
  • champagne
  • green
  • grey
  • black

That said, clear roofing is popular, ideal for letting natural light in. Branding and logo detailing is essential for any business. The fact is the material is strong so all of this personalization is possible.

Click through to Purchase a Retractable Tunnel, or Contact Stretch Structures today for a quote or for more information, or email us at if you have any questions.


Fresh Ideas at Music Festivals

They looked at tenting in a whole new way…

Big-time music festivals are all the rage! Coachella, Tomorrowland, Exit, Splendor in the Grass… these music meccas are successful on a large scale. Like any good festival, there’s a select group of organizers that have the brains and brawn to make it work, and here’s how …


These guys may not be staging a music festival, but they were a client who thought ‘outside the box’ with their accommodation approach. We saw high-quality stretch tents suited to any need; our client saw a groovy and fresh take on their accommodation issue – glamping it will be! Check out the Larapinta trail campsite project

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!

Scallywags Yellow Stretch Tent

Why Stretch Structures?

Stretch Structures are proud of their tents USP’s:

  • Durability
  • Superior quality
  • Withstands ALL weather conditions
  • Variety of colours to choose from
  • Variety of sizes and shapes to configure
  • Great value for money

What’s Right for You?

When determining what size your custom tent or custom structure should be, you should take several things into consideration:

  • only be used for a particular event or for many different events?
  • how many people will inhabit it?
  • what kind and what size of furniture might be used in it?
  • are there any size requirements or restrictions at the event you are holding or attending?

Thinking ‘Outside the Box’

Many people, when thinking of a custom event structure, automatically think of a boxy white structure with poles, pegs and tie downs. But the fact is that there is a whole world of extraordinary event structures out there, just waiting to be customized by you.

Among them are:

These options allow you to ‘think outside of the box’ and get an easy to set-up, easy to transport structure that can be used in a variety of locations, no matter how large or small, with or without poles. The flexibility of these types of non-traditional event structures allows you to use them almost anywhere and for any type of event.  

So, whether its an intimate gathering in the back garden; a launch event for 200 people or a large-scale music festival using a misting tunnel to cool down party goers – we’ve got you covered.


Why AXION is right for your next event

AXION is the modern go-to structure!

So … you love to get out there and engage with your audience about your brand. And you’re on the move. Maybe you’re visiting a sporting event, maybe it’s a festival. 

We know what hard work that is! And as much as you love it, we know what a hassle it can be to pack everything up just to reset in the next location for your roadshow.

That is why it is so important that you find a solution that’s:

  • fast,
  • easy to use, and most importantly…
  • still able to represent your brand well.  

We have the right product for you!  You need to get yourself one of our Axion Sealed Inflatable Marquees. These tents are perfect for your next campaign and have been used by some big named brands such as Nike, Samsung and BMW for their roadshows.

Nike Axion

Our Top 4 Axion Features

1.            Built for all Weather Conditions

Just like all of our top-quality products, these inflatable tents are built to withstand all weather conditions.

  • They are waterproof,
  • UV resistant
  • Can withstand wind speeds up to 70kmph.  Regardless of the event, location or weather conditions, you will be protected and your tent will measure up.

2.            Built for Easy Transport

Because your brand is out in front of the public and you need to travel to meet your audience and build brand awareness, we know that something that is easy to transport is a top priority. These tents are:

  • between 25 and 50 kg
  • come with a matching backpack or transport bag, depending on size. It’s everything you need to pop up shop, without compromising on being different and contemporary.

3.            Built for Quick, 10-Minute Installation

With such a well-made, funky looking tent, it’s hard to believe that they are so lightweight and so simple to install. Axion tents can be set up and taken down in ten minutes by a single person. 10 minutes! They also don’t require constant access to electricity or blower fans to keep them standing throughout the event, which means not only is it easy, it’s whisper quiet inside the tent for your event.

4.            Built to your Specifications and Fully Customizable

  • The Axion range of inflatable tents are available in five sizes and three models.
  • The wide variety of colors and fabrics ensures you get the best look for your brand and a tent that meets your specific needs and event requirements.
  • The broad range of accessories such as connecting tunnels, visors, side walls, floors, ballast bags, and LED lights gives you the option to configure a unique look that makes you stand out against competitors.
  • Reinforce your message and brand by putting your logo on the tent for that extra punch. Customers will not be able to forget your professional and fun presence.

Our Axion Sealed Marquees are a great solution to your event dilemmas and campaign question marks. They make getting out there easy so you can focus on your customers and your brand. Convenient, flexible, customisable, and reliable.

Contact us today to discuss your needs or order your own Axion Inflatable Marquee online.



Making an impact with my Stretch Structure

3 Tips to help get the maximum benefit from your stretch structure

If you think of an event and your presence at that event – what is the first thing that comes to mind? How Do I Make A Memorable Impact?

In general, the earlier you start planning, the better. From weddings to baby showers to product launches and corporate parties, the sooner you can formulate the plan, the less stress you’ll have throughout the entire planning process.

The first step in planning any event is to create a timeline. This ensures you stay on track and don’t forget important things along the way. Your timeline can vary greatly from event to event and there are several things that can impact your timeline.

These are just a few things you need to think about when creating your timeline and planning your event.

1. The type of event

If you are interested in planning a stand-alone event, you’ll need to allow for ample time. On the other hand, if you are attending a festival or conference that is being planned by others, your planning will be minimal. Many companies use our Clearspan Stretch Pods or branded inflatable structures to attend festivals and outdoor events where they can meet their customers one on one and create a statement with very little planning needed. Stretch structures can provide custom designs and branding to ensure your products are properly featured and get the attention they deserve. Things to think about at these types of events include your setup space, who will be attending, what the main focus will be, and how to get your potential customers to remember your brand.

2. The size of your event

If you are planning your own event, the size can greatly determine the necessary timeline. A stand at a food and wine festival won’t take as much time to prepare as your daughter’s wedding. Events that are reoccurring are often easy to tweak from year to year. Perhaps you need to consider reinvigorating your design with our lights and furniture to bring new flair to the otherwise same ole party. A one time larger event will require much more thought and planning. Our stretch tents and accessories are a great place to start and will add immediate impact to your event. We have tents from 4.5m x 6m up to 20m x 30m. Many events such as weddings take a year to plan, so locking in one of our marquees will allow you to plan the rest of your event within the theme design.

3. Where the event will be held and the demands for prime locations

What’s your location? And not just the specific location, but what city or town will be hosting your event? If you are in a highly populated city, the search for a venue will take much longer than a small town. Venues often book out at least a year in advance, which can add quite a bit of time to your planning. If you are in a city with venues that are in high demand it’s important to begin this search right away. Often the availability of venues will determine the exact date of your event and the theme. If you have your heart set on a beautiful hotel ballroom that’s already booked, you’ll need to expand your search and think outside the box. Perhaps there’s a beautiful park close by that Stretch Structures can help you transform into a ballroom. Begin with checking out our funky Pagodas and Clearspan Structures, which can be fully enclosed. We have the accessories and products to create that magical place you have always dreamt about.

For more information contact us here or email us at



Stretch Structures is giving you Options

Explore our services – we’re here to make your life easier

If you’re not yet in a position to purchase the event structure you’ve set your heart on, we’re here to tell you YOU HAVE OPTIONS!

One of our exciting opportunities to think about is our DRY HIRE SERVICE – Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures are excited to announce this unique service.  Available to trade customers, this service applies across our entire product line of stretch tents, inflatable marquees, clearspans or even sports event architecture – this gives our customers an affordable opportunity to experience and utilise our wonderful range of products at never before seen prices.

AXION Flower Setup

If you are a party hire company, you know all about what beating out the competition means and how important it is to have the right prices, the best service, and a great selection of the highest quality rental products available when your customers need them. But many times, your customer can’t see a clear difference between you and your competitor, because you offer so many of the same items at comparable prices. To put yourself heads above the rest, you need unique party products that scream, “Rent me!”

Top 6 – We’ve decided to give you a taste of some of our more popular choices!

Stretch Structures has put together a list of the top 6 products that can put you at the top of everyone in town’s party hire list. These one-of-a-kind products are sure to catch your customers’ eyes and help you create an unforgettable wedding, reception, Bar Mitzvah, birthday party, anniversary, or any other kind of get together where your client wants to make a bold statement.

1. Stretch Freeform Tents

Stretch tents are a very flexible, waterproof fabric structure that can be rigged in an endless variety of shapes. A BEDOUINFLEX™ stretch tent provides a versatile alternative to any traditional marquee or outdoor event tent. The tents are made from a stretch fabric specially developed by us for this application. Designed for purpose the stretch tent fabric is an incredibly strong nylon filament fabric with a 100% waterproof polymeric PU coating applied to both sides.

2. Inflatable Structures

Inflatable Christmas Present Cube

Searching for something spectacular for your next event?

Our outstanding inflatable structures, available in your choice of several popular standard products or custom made to your specifications by our talented and experienced designers, ensure that your event is something truly extraordinary and unique.

3. Clearspan Stretch Pods

Looking for a promotional marquee and the perfect way to make a BIG impression on your guests?

You could go with a boring PVC clear span marquee or pavilion… Or you could shake things up a bit our unique, colourful, eye-catching Stretch Pods.

4. AXION Sealed Inflatable Tents

If you are looking for a structure that combines foolproof, fast setup, with modern design, and the flexibility to be used anywhere, both indoors and out, without the hassle of loud blower fans or the need for electricity – our sealed inflatable marquees were designed for you.

AXION fully brandable, customizable tents come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. They utilize a fully sealed pneumatic inflation system and are completely silent when set up. Crafted to last and available with a great selection of accessories, this tent will provide everything you need, use after use.

5. Pagodas and Clearspan Structures

If you need a clear span structure, branded marquee, temporary warehouse, retractable walkway, promotional marquee or pagoda that looks great and is made to withstand the test of time, look no further. All our clearspan structures and retractable products are European designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards.

6. Sports event architecture

Have you got a spot that needs a touch of added flair? Want to liven up your space?

We offer a wide variety of stretch fabric architecture, exhibition and event products that can be used both indoors and out to provide dramatic visual impact and pull guests to hot spots of importance.

For more information contact us here or email us at

Celebrating community spirit with an Axion Marquee

Franklin Law Firm use an Axion Lite to invest in the community

Happily – it seems that people do care!

When you think of local, small businesses, you often think of the opportunities they create to connect with their local community. What better way to connect than to give back. A fine example is Franklin Law in New Zealand who have invested in an eye-catching AXION Lite 44 with branded side walls and visor, which is used for the community events they sponsor. 

Franklin Law Firm - Axion Lite

A recent sponsored event was the Fulton Swim School Franklin Primary Schools Triathlon. It’s a community event for up to 400 local school children. Franklin Law are promoting participation in sports. At the Triathlon event they hosted a shop/ cake stall in their new branded Axion marquee, with proceeds going to the local school.
Franklin Law - Axion Lite

They care about their environment, the next generation and their community. Giving back to the community that you call home is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It connects people in more ways than one imagines: socially, economically, environmentally and further up-side is that it helps improve the community morale overall.

Choosing a project can enhance and improve the infrastructure that already exists, consider these: 

  • post-season litter clean-up
  • food bank restock
  • community gardening initiative
  • group fitness day
  • community volunteering 

Click here for more information on the Axion Lite that the Franklin Law firm chose, or check out our collection of inflatable structures and sealed inflatable shapes.

Images supplied by Franklin Law


Inflatable Woolly Mammoth Woos at Exhibit

Stretch Structures are up to Mammoth Inflatable Task

We love of our latest inflatable creation, just another example to show our clients that we can create just about anything!

Inflatable Mammoth - Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Meet a life sized woolly mammoth. A temporary display commissioned by the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. The exhibition has been curated especially for children to answer all their questions about mammoths. When did the mammoths go extinct? How did it happen?

Inflatable Mammoth - Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Penny Packham, Public Programs Officer, was delighted with the inflatable structure – ‘Looks wonderful. Everyone smiles when they see it!’

So how do we go about taking an idea and turning it into a reality? Read more about how inflatable shapes get you noticed, or check out our collection of inflatable structures and sealed inflatable shapes.

The mini mammoth exhibition is currently on display at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum until 22 July 2018. So if you’re near Bathurst, pop in for a visit, it’s not everyday you get to meet a woolly mammoth, or check out their video’s on Facebook

Images supplied by Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum (Facebook @somerville.afmm)


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

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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

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!