A Mobile, On-site Fabric Shed for S&L Steel


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How a custom, large Free-Span shelter helped S&L Steel


S&L Steel has provided steel fabrication services to a number of industries including construction and mining across Australia. S&L were engaged to build a pedestrian cycleway bridge. Due to the nature of the project, they needed to bring the segments of the bridge to site and assemble them in an on-site mobile workshop. S&L Steel engaged Allshelter to come up with a solution that would facilitate the construction of the bridge, but could be relocated when the project was finished. 


Allshelter needed to create a fabric shed that could be quick to erect, and relocatable; whilst meeting the size requirements of approximately 32 metres wide, 72 metres long and 19 metres high. The on-site workshop needed to be able to house two giant crane which would be used to assemble the segments of the bridge. 

How We Went About It

The Allshelter project management team visited site to view the area and discuss the foundation requirements with the S&L Steel team. Allshelter worked in consultation with S&L Steel on all designs and solutions. S&L were impressed with the suggestion of using a fabric building or fabric shed – viable steel shed alternatives. A customised, wide span, fabric shed (also known as a Free-Span shelter) was the best solution for S&L Steel – not only did it meet all the requirements but there were quite a number of additional benefits which would be gained by having this type of structure on site. 


Allshelter provided S&L Steel with a a customised Free-Span Shelter which measured approximately 32 metres wide, 72 metres long and 19 metres high. This was a viable alternative to a steel shed for the following reasons:

  • Relocatable – the shelter can moved to another location when the project is complete
  • Quick Install – the shelter was very quick to erect, when compared to the installation time of a conventional structure
  • Lighting – the nature of the fabric and the colour lets in a lot of light so there’s no need for artificial lighting –  a saving on energy costs!
  • Fully certified and engineered – built to exacting Wind Code and Australian engineering requirements


S&L Steel were extremely satisfied with the final results – Allshelter were able to provide a shelter solution that met all the requirements; whilst being a cost-effective alternative to a conventional steel structure.  


“The fabric shelter’s relocatable, it’s quick to erect; which is a lot cheaper than a big steel shed or with gantries or any other systems that you’d require for a workshop, so this works quite well.”

Michael Scotti – Assistant Project/Construction Manager 
S&L Steel

“When I first thought about a fabric cover I thought – ooh this is going to rip to shreds, and its not going to work for us. We were a bit concerned on the fabric choice we were going to be doing welding, grinding – a lot of sparks and things like that. But after about 6 months of being here, haven’t had any issue with the fabric at all. If we have another job like this on site, I definitely would go back to Allshelter to get another shed.”

Javier Lorenzo – Project Director
S&L Steel

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