Fadden, Canberra, Australia
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An Australian-first fitness and tennis complex, mpowerdome, which opened in Canberra, Australia recently has revolutionised the industry in terms of design and flexibility. mpowerdome is the largest tennis sport hall of its kind in Australasia and was provided by Universal Fabric Structures.
But it?s not just tennis that is benefiting from this unique and stunning complex. mpowerdome is home to a variety of sports and activities including soccer, cricket hockey, netball, dance, Australian Football League and even a model aeroplane flying club!
?The world-first multi-purpose flooring system gives us tremendous flexibility in terms of hosting a variety of sports, as well as functions. And the overall design, which truly lets the light and the outdoors into the complex, make it a real showpiece,? mpowerdome Managing Director Gail Aiken said.
The eight-court tennis and multi-sport facility, measuring 156 metres in length, 12 metres in height and with a span of 38 metres, also includes a mezzanine café and reception centre. The entire complex is clear span, offering an unobstructed arena to suit a multitude of purposes. Made from heavy duty PVC, called Ferrari 702S, premium architectural PVC, the complex includes curtained side walls which quickly and easily slide back, allowing spectators to view matches from outside as well as giving the facility plenty of natural light and air.
The construction with aluminium and steel framework is built to withstand even the most severe wind loads.
The benefits of the sport hall are numerous, including:
- Creating an outdoor effect in an indoor setting with a fun, bright, and airy recreational atmosphere;
- Delivering an immediate and affordable solution;
- Delivering a more cost-effective maintenance solution;
- Modular or custom designs to suit new or existing facilities.
- Solutions for temporary, semi-permanent or permanent shelters.
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Universal Fabric Structures
Marijke M. Mollaert