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15 Jun 2016

Adaptive Architecture. Tectoniks delivers self-erecting pavilion as part of multi-million pound restoration of historic hall and grounds.

 In 2008 the Heart of Staveley Project was launched with the aim of renovating the grade II listed Staveley Hall and creating a new Business Centre as well as restoring the historic walled garden by transforming it into a town centre community park.

As part of the project, a temporary pavilion was required to host weddings, exhibitions and other functions year round. However, during the periods between functions the pavilion would not be required and would need to be dismantled and stored, leaving the site clear for other use.

The client wanted the ability to erect the pavilion themselves without the need to hire contractors each time it would be used.  With only one member of staff being available for each installation, Tectoniks proposed a unique self-erecting fabric structure which could fold itself away when not required.

The fabric structure is constructed entirely from inflatable elements with no rigid parts.  The elements are inflated or deflated in sequence causing the structure to open or close. When deflated, the structure folds itself into a very compact space which is then enclosed with a protective cover until needed again. The doorways, which are the only rigid parts of the pavilion, can then be removed and stored.

The video sequence shot during testing at our factory shows the principle in operation.

The first phase of the project, the renovation of the Stable Block, opened in early June 2014, with office space available for 11 small businesses. The pavilion was installed this month and the final phase of the project has now been completed.

Funding for the project came from a range of sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. 

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