TIME TO PLAY

by MakMax Australia

While the town of Port Hedland in Western Australia is home to just 19,500 people, it is a critical hub for growth in the state’s North West. For this reason, the development of Port Hedland is ongoing and part of this growth is to provide recreational facilities of a high standard to the residents, both those who have lived there long-term and those who reside there on a temporary basis. Like many remote communities, the lack of activities for young people is a real concern. One of the ways in which this town has aimed to increase activities for youth in the area is through shaded outdoor play areas.

Port Hedland's Marie Marland Reserve required age appropriate play areas for children and young adults. Because of the high UV danger from sun exposure in the region, this area also required effective shade and weather protection.

Port Hedland lies in a region that is exposed to the most extreme cyclonic activity in Australia. Shade engineering specialist MakMax Australia was approached by the town of Port Hedland to provide a solution to this problem.

Completed in November 2010, there were several key points to the project brief: budget; timing; Port Hedland’s location within a severe tropical cyclone area defined by Australian Standard AS1170.2 as Region D/Terrain Category 2; the design wind speeds of maximum wind gust = 88 m/sec, and serviceability = 55 m/sec; and the Building Code of Australia which defines Port Hedland as being located within an area designated as C4.

MakMax decided to offer a modified PS120 modular structure to cover the playground equipment. The modular range provides an economical alternative to custom designed structures, and MakMax was able to supply a complete structure of this size in a timely manner.

The 12m square pavilion structure is supported on four corners by highly engineered structural steel. A heavy grade PVC fabric, Mehler FR 1000, was chosen in order to provide a high level of shade with little light transmission. The strong winds also presented a challenge and to overcome this, MakMax’s engineering team re-engineered the standard pavilion structure to withstand double the regulation wind speed.

According to Local Mayor Kelly Howlett, “Council’s goal is not only to create play areas that are attractive and exciting for children, but also safe to use at any time of the day.”

The finished product is an architectural, functional and inviting play area that can be used at any time of day in any season. The town of Port Hedland is very pleased with the result.

Contact:

MakMax Australia
Ph: 1800 777 727
Web: www.makmax.com.au

Project Particulars:

Client: Town of Port Hedland



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