Designing for a committee was a long winded process & this took over a year to finalise & gain building & resource consent from the council. Health & Safety was important as the walkway is heavily used during the day & the council was very concerned of the potential for an accident. It was decided to scaffold the whole lane which led to some protests from the store owners in the lane & pressure to have it there for as little time as possible.
The project was to be in two phases – the awning track & attachment points installed first, the whole frame painted & the waterproof upper transparent/white roof panels installed whilst the walkway was in place. The second phase was after the scaffolding had been removed & we then worked on scissor lifts to install the smaller, coloured shade sails.
The process started off with shaping our awning track to match the existing hoops. A trial one was installed & the go-ahead given to the Engineer to carry out this task. A design was decided on to saddle the shape of the panels &, once again, a trial was carried out successfully. The panels went up, the scaffolding came down, the shade sails were made – face down so that the backlit feature showed (the rear of the fabric is protected by the roof above in terms of potential UV degradation) & the scissor lifts came out. Extra staff were on traffic management at all times.