Darwin international tennis centre

Located next to the airport, The Darwin International Tennis Centre, Marrara consisted of two very specific structures. One of these structures being PVC, and the other HDPE; a similar fabrication to shade cloth. The PVC made up the main structure; steel installed first and then the fabric. The main structure consisted of three fabrics that ran length ways across the tennis centre. The main challenge faced, besides the extreme heat, was two cyclones that were moving through Darwin at the time. Once the fabric had been deployed, it needed to be secured so it didn’t flap or get damaged in the wind. Once the first fabric was deployed and secured, torrential rain poured down and essentially created two swimming pools in the air. Hundreds of litres of water suspended in a fabric that typically does not like water. No damage occurred and the second structure was installed without any weather restraints. The team worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges and deliver the outcome the client needed in the time frame required.


Location: Darwin, NT

Completion Date: April 2018

Size: 3750sqm

Fabric: PVC Mehler FR1000N / HDPE Mesh Gale Pacific Commercial Heavy 430

Client: Haikos Construction for Tennis NT

Photography: © Peter E Barnes

installed in conjunction with MakMax Australia