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    Creating safe areas and maximising use of outdoor space in multi-storey schools

    Tensile

    Tensile has installed their popular Webnet mesh in several projects including building developments, shopping centres, residential apartments, car parks and community spaces. Webnet is now being used in several school projects involving multi-storeyed buildings. Rising real estate prices, decreasing availability of land, limited spaces and increasing intake of students have led to a shift towards multi-storey schools.

    With many schools unable to provide green outdoor spaces ideal for children to play in, Tensile offers a practical solution for creating suitable safe areas in limited spaces such as rooftops in multi-storeyed buildings.

    Webnet is a highly versatile material as it can be installed both inside and outside. Constructed from 316 stainless steel for strength, the mesh can be used in playgrounds for climbing spaces, to section off areas to contain children, to provide barriers internally for spaces that have high ceilings, and to define different playing areas on sports grounds.

    Key features include lightweight material with high strength and durability; flexibility to be shaped to fit any area; ability to hold up hundreds of kilograms, making the material perfectly safe for climbing as well as to deal with all levels of crowd load under AS1170; 94% open area mesh allowing almost uninterrupted flow of air and sun; and high resistance to corrosion or wear and tear from weather conditions, increasing durability in outdoor applications and making for cost-effective maintenance.

    The mesh can also be used to provide safety barriers between levels in a building, while still maintaining transparency, sightlines and air flow. Webnet can be wrapped and shaped to not only make a roof or balcony a safe play environment but it can also become part of the architectural solution with its colourful palette opening up scope for new design concepts.

    Webnet is increasingly being installed in schools not only in Australia but also around the world, such as Europe and the United States. For the Melbourne School of Design project, Webnet was used to provide a discreet protective and supportive structure that presented as an elegant spatial design element. The highly flexible solution can be used to form a plane surface as well as tension into three-dimensional forms featuring funnel-type, cylindrical or spherical shapes.

    The use of Webnet mesh in schools helps create safe, secure and enjoyable spaces where children can relax, have fun and learn.

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