Bordertown Primary School

The Project

The DPTI office in Mt. Gambier contacted Shadeform after Bordertown Primary had been without a fabric cover over their basketball court for many months. The two previous canopies installed by other companies had failed in strong winds, and DPTI were contemplating whether to bother replacing the fabric again or to consider other options. Shadeform’s Managing Director Mark Soulsby advised that by using superior corner plates, corner attachments, and a higher quality of fabric, a successful outcome could be achieved. Individual cable tensioning between each corner plate was a key element in the structural integrity of the membrane, and was a main factor in the project’s overall success.


Working closely with Bordertown Primary, the project was to design, manufacture, and install a replacement waterproof canopy. An engineer’s assessment was performed and remedial works were made on the existing structure including replacement backstay cables and corner plates. The large PVC membrane was designed using specialised computer software, and direct hands on guidance from Shadeform’s head sailmaker Wayne Soulsby, ensured the canopy was a perfect fit. Logistics, planning, and project management were all performed in-house, including drafting and shop drawings.

Project Details

  • Client: DPTI - Mt. Gambier
  • Location: Bordertown Primary School, South Australia
  • Product: Large Replacement Waterproof Canopy
  • Dimensions: 35m length x 21m width
  • Fabric: Ferrari 802 Waterproof PVC (Champagne)

All-weather canopies, made to last!!!

Elements including custom wired backstays, protective sleeves, and heavy duty steel corner plates, all ensured a robust canopy that was made to last. A dual crane lift was used to fit the 1000kg fabric in-place, and a 7 person team ensured a straightforward installation. The final result was a testament to Shadeform’s thirty years experience in sailmaking and shade canopy design.

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