AJ Tensile News: Tension Structures

University of the West of England Sail Canopies

Date posted: 15 January 2018
Posted in: Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

AJ Tensile Tension Systems Ltd was selected by main contractor BAM Construction to provide feature canopies to the walkway at the University of the West of England’s new Enterprise Zone in Bristol. The project consisted of the engineering, manufacture, supply and installation of five bespoke inclined triangular sail canopies to cover the walkway leading up to the Enterprise Zone’s main entrance. AJTTS’s sister company AJ Tensile Manufacturing Ltd fabricated the sails for the project.

This was AJ Tensile Tension Structures’ first project in partnership with BAM Construction, and was successfully completed on time and within budget.


Swansea University Cycle Shelters (Phase 1C)

Date posted: 15 January 2018
Posted in: Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

Following the successful completion of two previous cycle shelter canopies on the same Bay Campus development, AJ Tensile Tension Structures Ltd was awarded the contract for the third phase of redevelopment at Swansea University by main contractor Vinci Construction. This phase of the project consisted of the engineering, manufacture, supply and installation of two 8m x 6m double conic tensile fabric canopies from our standard range of products, complete with 28 stainless steel cycle stands. Fabrication of the tensile fabric was performed by sister company AJ Tensile Manufacturing Ltd.

Each canopy was installed over a three day period by three men, with a gap of five weeks between them to fit in with the overall site construction programme. The project was completed successfully on time and within budget.

Ladysmith School Entrance Canopy

Date posted: 15 January 2018
Posted in: Manufacturing, Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

BAM Construction approached out Tension Structures division to engineer, manufacture and install a feature entrance canopy to a brand new building at Ladysmith School in Exeter, Devon. The bespoke design includes tensile fabric attached to an L-shaped corner gutter to allow rainwater drainage, with an inclined and tapered cantilever column to provide the principle tensioning point of the canopy.

Completed in March 2017, the installation was completed over three days by two men, with the whole project delivered on time and to the agreed budget.

Out with the old, in with the new

Date posted: 13 February 2017
Posted in: Biogas Systems, Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

As part of our strategy to cope with ever-increasing production demand, AJ Tensile Group recently upgraded our Manufacturing division’s 12kW Forsstrom HF welding machine to a 17kW FIAB 900. Part of the improvements involved mounting the FIAB to a 28m table, more than double the length of the Forsstrom’s old one.

Out with the old Forsstrom…

…and in with the new FIAB.

AJ Tensile Restructuring

Date posted: 25 August 2016
Posted in: Biogas Systems, Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures, Uncategorized

In order to bring a better focus on its key markets and improve the high levels of service it already delivers to its customers, AJ Tensile Fabrications Limited has been divided into AJ Tensile Biogas Systems Limited, AJ Tensile Tension Structures Limited, and AJ Tensile Manufacturing Limited. These three companies all operate under the AJ Tensile Group Limited parent company umbrella.

The Biogas and Structures companies will benefit from dedicated staff with an expertise in delivering high quality projects, and will allow the skilled and experienced manufacturing staff to continue to concentrate on producing top quality products.

Biogas Systems will be headed up by Richard Cherry, one of the world’s most experienced and respected experts on anaerobic digestion and biogas storage. The Structures company will be headed up by Gary Patterson who has extensive experience of designing, project managing and installing tensile fabric structures throughout the world. Andrew Jerrum formed AJ Tensile Fabrications Ltd in 2000 and is an expert innovator of industrial fabric manufacture processes. He will head up the manufacturing operation while continuing his role of Group Managing Director.

Andrew said “the business has grown rapidly over recent years and it is increasingly evident that our staff need to become more specialised in order to continue delivering the excellent levels of products and service that our proud reputation is based on. The whole group is dedicated to making the transition as seamless as possible for all staff, customers, and suppliers”.

This website will shortly be updated to reflect these changes.

Swansea University Cycle Shelter

Date posted: 29 September 2015
Posted in: Tension Structures

Our Tension Structures division recently completed the installation of this tensile fabric cycle shelter canopy for Vinci Construction on the Science and Innovation Campus at Swansea University. Our team worked closely with Vinci to develop the final design, adapting one of our existing 18m x 8m triple conics to provide a more balanced aesthetic while reducing overall costs. All design, engineering, manufacture and installation of the steel support frame and was undertaken by ourselves in conjunction with our technical partners, and the fabric canopy was manufactured in-house at our Caldicot production facility. The programme from appointment to handover of the finished canopy was around four months.

Spring has sprung! Up goes the temperature, down comes the dome.

Date posted: 16 April 2015
Posted in: Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

A sure sign that winter is well and truly behind us, the AJ Tensile crew attended Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Club in Crouch End, London this week for the annual tennis dome removal in time for the summer season. The whole operation of deflation, packing and on-site storage takes less than a day, generating no mess and with minimal disruption. Our inflatable fabric dome allows the club to offer year-round play in anything the British weather can throw at it, allowing natural light in during the day and using an ingenious reflective floodlight system for night-time illumination. Give us a call on 01291 425099 if this is the type of protection your club needs to keep club members happy and revenue flowing uninterrupted throughout the year.

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AJTF attends WaterAid charity fundraiser

Date posted: 9 March 2015
Posted in: Biogas Systems, Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

groupFour of us recently donned our penguin suits for a lavish charity bash at the splendid Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel in Wotton-under-Edge, organised by Nomenca Ltd as part of their committed fundraising work for WaterAid. The evening was an overwhelming success with fine dining, good company, interesting conversation and excellent networking opportunities.

Of far greater importance, however, were the many thousands of pounds raised for a very worthy cause: delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects in twenty-six countries around the world. Thanks once again to Nomenca for the invitation and to Tortworth Court for hosting the event.

For further details of WaterAid’s remarkable achievements please visit www.wateraid.org .

Mermaids in Rhyl

Date posted: 3 February 2015
Posted in: Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

Our Tension Structures division recently completed this 18m x 8m triple conic entrance canopy for the Mermaids Café at the Marine Holiday Park in Rhyl, North Wales. Part of our service included undertaking all the necessary submissions regarding planning applications and building regulations on behalf of the client, and liaising directly with the local council to ensure the process ran smoothly. This free-standing canopy is part of our cost-effective standard range of pre-designed products, but for this project we re-engineered the columns to raise the canopy by 800mm so that it overlapped the edge of the existing café roof to provide complete rain shelter at the entrance. The installation was completed in just over three days during the off-season to minimise disruption to park visitors.

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AJTF in Cincinnati

Date posted: 3 February 2015
Posted in: Biogas Systems, Tensile Fabrications, Tension Structures

One from the archives here..! We recently found these photos in the bottom of a drawer and thought we’d give them an airing. In 2010 we sent a team to the USA to work with one of our American partners in Cincinnati, providing expertise and hands-on training while finishing and detailing a membrane structure that we had originally part-fabricated at our production facility back in Britain. It was a very intense but enjoyable few days, and it’s always interesting to see how things are done just that little bit differently on the other side of the pond. Whether we are working in the UK, mainland Europe or the rest of the world, we always do our very best to provide the highest level of service to all of our customers.

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