The client needed a sun shelter for vehicles at a resort in the Caribbean. Leander were given the architect’s initial outline plans from which we were to develop, manufacture and install a large pergola structure capable of having a canvas roof.
Working from the initial sketches we engaged our specialist engineering consultancy to assist with the structural design work; there were several significant design challenges to address:
1, The long length of clear spans between columns (front to back and length ways).
2, The complex curved shape of the beams connecting front to back edges.
3, The high wind loadings on the structure (it is a coastal location and the canvas roof would act like an anchored sail).
4, The design needed to be packed into a standard shipping container for export to the Caribbean.
The shaped beams required specialist fabrication in our workshops near Buxton and we need to undertake a final load test prior to acceptance by the engineers. All items had to be finished to a very high standard as the structure is a key feature on an exclusive resort.
The final stage of this project involved on-site installation on the small island of Canouan in the Caribbean. Our installation team had to prepare as though they were installing in the middle of a desert and be self sufficient as there were very few specialist engineering services available on the island.