Working with a local company, Dolphin Tensile Awnings, we designed, manufactured and erected a stainless steel framework to facilitate a series of tensile fabric awnings providing coverage to a balcony at this renovated seaside bar & club. Here follows an outline of the process involved.

Accurate site measurements were made of the existing building. From this the design was created in CAD. At this stage the aesthetic and overall intent was discussed with the client, resulting in the design undergoing a series of evolution’s until we arrived at a concept the client was happy with and a product that we knew we could successfully and sensibly manufacture.
The detailed CAD could then begin. Everything was made from 316 grade stainless steel as the installation is coastal, with all the corrosive challenges that presents. The tubular work was laser cut from our CAD models, designed in such a way to present holes and slots so that the corresponding brackets, gussets and other attachments could be built up like a 3D jigsaw puzzle prior to welding. Surface finishing the components to improve the aesthetics and corrosion resistance was carried out. TIG and MIG welding was employed, with all welds being carefully passivated afterwards, again to improve corrosion resistance.
By front loading all the detailed design, the result was an accurate kit of parts which assembled on site quickly and precisely thus minimising any interruption to the significant site work happening concurrently.
The result was a successful product, delivered to schedule and on time, despite the challenges of Covid restrictions. Ritchie Engineering worked closely with Dolphin Tensile Awnings, the client and numerous building contractors to ensure the project ran smoothly. We take pride in our communication skills.
An aspect of the detail design.