A Fabric Building for a Pre-Cast Facility


In early 2019, Allshelter, the leading manufacturer of container domes and shelters, took on the task of devising a solution for establishing an on-site pre-cast facility to support the Batemans Bay bridge replacement project. They successfully installed and put the shelter into operation by mid-2019.

By Christmas the same year, the Bateman’s Bay region was impacted by a bushfire. The fire circled the entire pre-cast facility but the shelter was not impacted! 

Check out the footage below, showing the aftermath of the fire.


Read on to learn more about this project. 


When finished, the Bateman’s Bay Bridge replacement project will build better connections for motorists, logistics, river users, cyclists & pedestrians in the area. 

The construction of the bridge involves pouring 166 concrete segments for the project. For this purpose, a temporary pre-cast facility was planned to be built about six kilometers south of Mogo, NSW. The location’s major benefits include minimizing environmental impact through the use of an existing quarry site. Additionally, it reduces heavy vehicle movements in the Batemans Bay town centre.

The main contractor, John Holland & VSL Partnernship, engaged Allshelter to come up with a solution for covering an on-site pre-cast facility. A very specific need arose for a large shed or shelter measuring 33m wide by 100m long by 20m high. The other requirement included installing the facility in a short time-frame and whilst other site activities were going on!


The Allshelter project management team promptly initiated their work by visiting the Batemans Bay site to assess specific requirements, collaborating with engineers to devise a suitable design. Throughout the process, Allshelter worked closely with the client on designs and solutions, ultimately producing a Fabric Building tailored to exact dimensions and specifications. They also developed a method to install the shelter concurrently with other site activities, offering a significant advantage in maintaining the project schedule.

image of installing the fabric on the pre-cast fabric building
image of fabric building roof half installed

Outcome: Fabric Shelter

John Holland & VSL Partnership were extremely satisfied with the final results. The new fabric building proving very much a viable alternative to a steel shed, for the following reasons:

  1. Relocatable – you can move the shelter to another location when the project is complete.
  2. Lighting – the fabric’s nature allows ample light, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day.
  3. Installation flexibility – Install the shelter without impacting other site activities.

Click here to learn more why Allshelter’s fabric shelters are strong.

As mentioned above, a large, out-of-control bushfire in December 2019 severely impacted the Bateman’s Bay Region. The fire damaged property, leaving some residents homeless. The quality of the Fabric Building left a lasting impression on the client, as it withstood the fire without any impact.

image of completed pre-cast fabric building
image of first pour and the fabric building pre-cast facility


“Our John Holland and VSL bridge building partnership engaged Allshelter to come up with a solution for covering an on-site Pre-Cast Facility. It was a very specific need – as we needed a large shed or shelter measuring 33m wide, 100m long by 20m high. Due to the nature of the project, the shelter needed to be erected in a very short space of time and also needed to be able to be relocated from the site when the project finished. Allshelter responded very professionally and efficiently to our needs , and were able to work  to our tight timeline. Once the order had been placed we received regular updates about the shelter manufacture and delivery.

The shelter was delivered on schedule, and Allshelter assisted us with the installation of the shelter. Allshelter was and is fantastic to work with, they were able to come up with a way for the shelter to be installed whilst other site activities were going on – a huge advantage for us.

This shelter is an excellent investment and provides benefits to us in many other ways: The shelter fabric lets the light in, which means that we don’t need lighting during the day. It’s also cooler, as the fabric doesn’t radiate heat and being open ended it allows for airflow.

This area was also recently extensively burnt during the disastrous NSW south coast bushfires over summer. The fire circled the whole pre-cast facility yard, but the shelter was not impacted. It is still standing and there’s virtually no damage to it! We’re very impressed with the quality of Allshelter’s product and the workmanship.

I would highly recommend Allshelter to other companies looking for sheds or shelters – the quality and service is fantastic. Allshelter is an innovative company – they really made it work for us!”

Owen Vickers– Pre-Cast Facility Manager
John Holland / VSL


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