Penzance Fabric Walkway Canopy Structure completed!

May 23rd, 2019 1:28 pm

Works are now completed on the eagerly anticipated Penzance Quay fabric walkway canopy for passengers travelling to the Isles of Scilly abroad the Scillionian passenger ferry.

With local links to the Scilly Isles, we were delighted to be appointed as principal contractors for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group on the contract.

The long awaited structure will vastly improve the travelling experience for passengers to the islands, providing comfort and protecting them the elements as they wait to travel. 

The challenging brief required a tensioned fabric walkway canopy to cover the entire passenger waiting length of the quay, which in itself is a Grade II-listed structure.  The design has had to overcome several challenges presented by the listed status prohibiting the erection of any permanent structure, as well as changeable weather conditions, and strict timescale restraints due to sailing schedules .

Our solution was to supply a 50m long fabric canopy engineered by Artura with demountable capacity, so that it can be taken down in the event of bad weather or as the sailing season ends. 

Any site challenges were successfully overcome through a programme of client consultations as well as a highly professional and collaborative site working approach from Tensile Installations

Stuart Reid, Managing Director of Isles of Scilly Steamship Group said:“The long-awaited structure will vastly improve the travelling experience for passengers to the islands, providing them with comfort and protecting them from the elements as they wait to travel”.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group was founded by islanders almost 100 years ago to provide lifeline passenger and freight services to the Isles of Scilly. It operates eight fixed wing Skybus aircraft from Land’s End, Exeter and Newquay airports, and the seasonal Scillonian III passenger ferry from Penzance between March and November.

The £17-million turnover business employs 228 staff, making it one of the biggest employers in the region. Passenger numbers grew during the last financial year 2017-2018 by 2.7% overall, with the Group transporting 216,000 people to the islands via Scillonian III and Skybus.

Tensile membrane
Penzance Quay
Fabric Structure
Fabric walkway completed at Penzance Quay
Tensile Fabric Walkway
Tensile Fabric Walkway