Punmu Basketball Court cover in Western Australia wins national award for best shade structure in Australia in 2011.

1 Jul 2011
Success for Abacus Shade Structures at National Awards in 2011

At the 2011 Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association ceremony for annual awards, which recognises a flair for innovation, design and execution in shade and tension structures Abacus Shade Structures in conjunction with Weathersafe in WA won the overall award for best shade structure in Australia. The prestigious awards were held in Sydney this year and once again the competition was very stiff.

“The judges were in awe at the very high standards evident in each and every contestant’s entry,” said ACASPA Manager Ana Drougas.  

“Behind each and every entry is a team of dedicated professionals who help bring plans to fruition. And it is only by looking closely at the images of the winning entries that the intricate and complex nature of the work becomes apparent.

All entries received for each of the diverse categories undergo a rigorous judging process by a panel of industry experts.

The winner in the category of Shade Structures was Punmu Basketball Court Cover in W.A. by WeatherSafe WA and Abacus Shade Structures in Sydney. Overcoming challenges presented by extreme heat and remoteness, this desert project is worthy of a short story. The team immersed itself in the aboriginal community for the duration of the project.
“The area was very remote and gave us the feeling of an outback adventure. Our mixed crew included workers from Sydney, WA, Margaret River Rotary WA and the local community including a camel hunter. Our quarters were equipped with a Rotary cook and a tin shed for our swags and was out in the Great Sandy Desert twelve hours east of Port Headland.” said Eric Moonen of Abacus Shade Structures. “We’re used to working on unique projects and this one was certainly up there."


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