How tensile fabric buildings are benefitting the North East of England.


Adequate storage and workspace is an issue for any expanding manufacturing business. Modern building needs to innovate and adapt to mitigate rising costs and provide long-lasting durability. One way of accomplishing this is to use fabric structures.

The benefits are many and include:

  • Fast production, construction and delivery.
  • Low to zero maintenance costs.
  • Translucent roof membrane allows natural light into the building/white roof membrane reflects heat and lowers cooling costs
  • Corrosion free galvanized steel frames
  • Tensile fabric structures can be modified and relocated for flexible building solutions


Adaptability and Fabric structures

Sometimes an entirely new building doesn’t need to be built. A client can save money by commissioning a renovation or an overhaul of a pre-existing structure to help save money. Rubb building systems help clients save money by providing the means to adapt current structures.

A project for Barrier Ltd required a new facility to increase their turnaround times during blasting and painting offshore fabrications. The company was using a pre-existing Rubb warehouse building to operate in but needed a new roller shutter door. The steelwork for Barrier’s projects was in danger of being exposed to the external environment, so Rubb installed a heli-Door as a cost-effective solution.

The heli-Door is a 21.5m wide x 8.5m clear opening door that securely closes as required. It is operated by helical motors that move the door up and down at the press of a button, but also features emergency hand operation capability as a failsafe. This door allowed the Barrier group to have access to a fully functioning production area as they began a transition to larger premises.

This kind of adaption and bespoke engineering is what makes a company excel and helps secure future contracts. The initial assistance Rubb provided meant Barrier once again contracted the company to build a fabric structure to use as a coating facility.

The fabric building is made up of hot dipped, galvanized steel that protects against corrosion. The membrane is made from high tenacity PVC polyester fabric and is flame retardant. The roof is a translucent white, which allows light to pass into the internal space to help illuminate any work inside.

Another project by Rubb was the restoration of warehouse buildings in the Swan Hunter Shipyard, dockyards on the bank of the river Tyne that were once dominant areas of the shipbuilding industry. Rubb dismantled and stored two BVL ship-housing structures measuring 27m x 24m in 1982, then rebuilt them in Middlesbrough for Wilton engineering in 2014.

The buildings have withstood 32 years of use and storage. Like the previous project, Rubb helped install a new heli-door system for the structure. The hot dip galvanized steel framework has withstood the test of time, showing that industrial fabric buildings are durable, long-lasting and flexible.

These new permanent and relocatable shelters are created to suit bespoke purposes for clients across the North East. They can be adapted for a variety of purposes and are used for many different purposes, from indoor sport facilities to aviation hangars to biomass and storage facilities and even emergency shelters in warzones.






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