Specialists in Design, Analysis and Construction of Tensile Fabric Structures
Special Structures can provide a tantalising taste of what is happening inside, or simply house some of the largest music events the world has ever seen, or provide a form of cover which combines shade while creating a terrific atmosphere, or ...........
Special Structures Lab Ltd are specialists in the field of advanced lightweight structure design. We provide design, analysis and manufacturing support for many leading manufacturers. We specialise in tension fabric structures and are able to provide expertise on most types of tensile construction.
Using state of the art software suites, we generate surface forms for membrane roofs. We determine the appropriate equilibrium form for an anticlastic roof using the software.The software allows our engineers to combine the simulation of wind loads, structural members such as steel and concrete, wire rope cables and of course the fabric into a coherent whole. We design Big Tops, Tension and tensile fabric membrane roofs for structures that are used in most music festivals around the world. In 1998, our Tensile 1 structure (also known in house as the Valhalla) was awarded the Guinness World Record for 'Largest Portable Structure'. In 2015 we designed and managed the build of the even larger, widest span tensile portable structure ever built, the 82 metre wide MT82 Ce-Space Arena, first used at Reading festival in 2015, and used at Glastonbury as the dance tent as well as the main stage at Latitude Festival in 2016. Our services include the design of stages, seating grandstands and foldable, deployable structures and vehicles.
As one of the UK's most well established tension fabric membrane consultants, Special Structures Labs engineers provide specialist analysis and other services to a wide range of structural engineers, architects and manufacturers both in the UK and around the world.