Southport Broadwater Parklands Case Study

Client: Council for the city of Gold Coast
Location: Southport Broadwater Parklands
Year: 2022
The Southport Broadwater Parklands is a large community park located in Southport. It is designed for large community gatherings and families.

Skyspan Shade refreshed the existing Sunset hexagonal umbrellas in the park, with twelve new canopies, in June 2022.

The clients selected White, Midnight Blue, Lemon and Orange for the new canopies.

Skyspan Photo Competition

We’re on the hunt for the best Skyspan Shade Umbrella photograph!

We’re super proud of our product range and would love to see photos of the Skyspan Umbrellas that your team have installed. Whether they are coastal, vineyard or public spaces, we’d love to see them all.

Submit your entries by 30th September 2022 and you will go in to win one of two $250 Prezzee Cards.

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or email sales@skyspanshade.com.au

T&C

Competition only open to official Skyspan Shade distributors. Submitted photographs must be high resolution and available for Skyspan to use in marketing materials, online and offline.  Entries to be submitted by 30th September. Winner will be announced 14th October 2022. Judges decision is final.

Style and Substance

The shade industry is seeing an increase in hospitality demand for outdoor shelter solutions as the tourism sector recovers from disruptions in travel over the past two years.

“Clients are looking for a high quality long lasting shade option that also fits the aesthetic brief,” explains Carman, sales manager at Skyspan Shade.

With a wide selection of sizes, shapes and colours, the Skyspan Shade range is impressive. However more importantly it is the details that really allow the product to stand out.

Skyspan Umbrellas are architecture designed and engineered wind rated to withstand stated wind conditions/speeds.

“This is crucial for commercial umbrellas. With our engineered wind rating, we are confident that the umbrellas are suitable for their purpose”, Carman said.

Skyspan umbrellas internal tensioning system involves a services of steel cables that run the perimeter seams and arms of the canopy with anticreep fixings. This delivers a cleaner finished look, eliminating the need for visible support cables under the canopy.

“Our shade solutions provide protection from a hot summer day, or shelter against the wind or rain. While Skyspan umbrellas are a long lasting shade and shelter solution, they are easily reskinned if the look is to be updated” says Carman.

Pimpama Sports Hub Case Study

Pimpama Sports Hub - Sunset Centre Column Umbrella
Client: ADCO and Naturelink
Location: Pimpama, Queensland
Year: 2021
Skyspan Shade was chosen by Adco / Naturelink Landscapes to provide an umbrella shade solution for the head client, Pimpama Sports Hub in Queensland. The Aquatic Centre at Pimpama Sports Hub hosts regional events, training and school groups, learn to swim and aquatic programs, recreational users and the wider community.
Around the outdoor pool area, 15 Sunset Centre Column Umbrellas of 4 meters square have been installed. The chosen colour for the canopy was Ferrari 502 – Lemon and the frame Citi Pearl Matt YY245A.

VIC $25,000 Shade Grants Program

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed by the age of 70. Shade used in combination with other sun protection measures provides the best protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure when spending time outdoors.

The aim of the Victorian Shade Grants Program is to reduce Victorians’ exposure to UV radiation by increasing shade in public places across the state and by promoting the uptake of sun protective practices.

Applications are now open for Shade Grants Program Round 7 2022.

  • Victorian government schools may apply for grants of up to $25,000 for shade development and can include up to $700 for sun protection items (excluding GST). School Shade Grant applications close 11:59 pm, 27 May 2022.
  • Eligible community organisations may apply for grants of up to $50,000 for shade development and can include up to $700 for sun protection items (including GST). Community Shade Grant applications close 11:59 pm, 10 June 2022.

 Visit the official Shade Grants Program page to learn more. 

Skyspan Shade Umbrellas can offer you: 

  • Cantilever Umbrella – Engineered to stand up in the most testing conditions but yet is so easy to operate, the Vista offers a stylish shade solution that delivers performance, comfort and safety.
  • Centre Column Umbrella  – Premium materials and classic design combine in a heavy-duty commercial umbrella purpose built to live outdoors.
  • Portable Umbrella  – The Alfresco portable umbrella is light and easy to handle, whilst strong enough to withstand wind gusts up to 60kph making it ideal for everyday commercial use.

Proudly Australian Made 

When you buy a Skyspan™ Umbrella you are supporting Australian industry. Skyspan™ customers receive world class quality products specifically designed to suit Australian conditions in shorter time frames than competitors who import their product. Skyspan™ quality control process includes inspection of EACH unit prior to packaging, crating and shipping.

Contact our team today  and we will put you in contact with your local distributor.  

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Engineered & Wind Rated

Skyspan™ Architectural Umbrellas come with an Engineer Wind Rating Certification, be it our Portable Umbrellas (60Km/h), Vista & Sunset ranges (112Km/h open, 148Km/h retracted) or our cyclone rated Typhoon & Panorama ranges (148Km/h open).

Industry leading Australian Warranty

Skyspan™ Umbrellas offer true peace of mind with lifetime anti rust warranty on Aluminium umbrellas and up to 10 years structural and 5 year canopy warranties on selected product lines.

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters Case Study

Client: Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters 
Location: Anna Bay, Newcastle, NSW
Year: 2021
Skyspan Shade was chosen by Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters to provide umbrella shade to enable guests to enjoy the facility.
As a result, guests are spoilt for choice, with 23 Skyspan Shade Umbrellas installed. The team at Irukandji selected the Horizon umbrella in both hexagonal and square along with the retractable Vista Cantilever hexagonal umbrella.
The chosen colour for the canopies was Ferrari 502 Champagne, which is a highly resistant membrane designed to last over the years, protecting against both UV and rain. The frames are powdercoated in Dulux Primrose, a soft and subtle tone of yellow.

Solar & light properties of Skyspan umbrella canopies

Best in class canopy fabric is essential when selecting a commercial umbrella to provide both a shade and shelter solution.

Following years of testing fabrics in a multitude of commercial and industrial environments, the recommendation (of Skyspan Fabric Engineers) is to use an architectural grade PVC.

A high tensile PVC that is purposefully designed for umbrellas, and has been to be pretensioned in manufacture, so it is not compromised by the constant deploying and retraction of the canopy, will extend the life of the umbrella.

In addition, the architectural grade PVC range also offers both vibrant long lasting colour choice, with the additional benefit of waterproof, high heat reflection, UV Resistant, 50+ UV rated, fade resistance, anti-fungal and flame retardant qualities. This means the canopy is easy care and will last the distance.

For the very best in architectural grade shade canopy solutions we have partnered with Serge Ferrari. The unique satin finish of their specialist fabric offers a modern, high-end solution, in addition to the features referred to previously.

With confidence in the fabric quality, the decision of colour needs to be made. There are several key considerations when recommending the canopy colour for a project.

Colour choice offers the opportunity to further personalize the unit. There are 40 colours to select from, providing the opportunity to either align the colour pallet with that of the surrounding location, or to opt to make an impactful, contrasting statement.

Each colour option provides maximum UV protection, with 100% of UV rays (UPF 50+) blocked. In addition, the fabric technology resists UV damage due to high-quality pigment selection and thicker, more consistent protective coating than other traditional fabrics, ensuring a longer lasting consistent look.

However, what differs is the solar and light properties of the canopy based on the colour. Colour can be used to influence the shade properties and ambiance that the umbrella provides.

Each colour has a unique combination of Solar Transmission (ST); Solar Reflection (RS) and Solar Absorption (AS) properties.

For warmer climates, a colour that provides maximum Solar Reflection (RS) may be required – so for a cooler under canopy feel you may consider;

  • 8102C – White (80% RS)
  • 8341C – Champagne (72% RS)
  • 8861C – Vanilla (65%)

Where a bright, vibrant colour is required to lighten up the area beneath the canopy, a colour with a high Solar Transmission (ST) may be considered – so for a lighter under canopy feel you may consider;

  • 8255C – Poppy (18% ST)
  • 8204C – Orange (16% ST)
  • 2166C – Buttercup (15% ST)

The team at Skyspan looks forward to the opportunity of assisting you to make the right colour selection to achieve success in your project.

Skyspan Canopy Colour Charts
Serge Ferrari

Looking for shade and shelter for your new outdoor dining zone?

Reconnecting with our local communities provides exciting opportunities for local hospitality businesses. Bringing to life your current or new outdoor dining space involves planning how to best use the area you have. In addition to outdoor seating, many hospitality operators will be wanting to ensure the space can be well used day and night, sun and drizzle.

Including a shade and shelter solution allows so much more than keeping people protected from the sun. The impact of a stunning looking canopy can bring attention to your location. The seated area can take on a resort like feel, ensuring your customers feel relaxed and keen to stay on for another round.

If you decide to invest in a shade and shelter solution, take the time to ensure you are getting a product that not only does the job required now, but will last, look good and allow flexibility to make changes in the future.

Commercial grade umbrellas are designed for use in hospitality with a combination of quality, strength and unique features, that takes them beyond the specifications of a domestic model.

Skyspan Shade umbrellas come with the recommendation of many hospitality providers. There are several models worth investigating, in particular take a look at the Sunset range, providing shade for up to 17m2, or the smaller Alfresco portable Umbrella which can cover up to 12.2m2.

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NSW $5,000 Business Summer Restart Package

A new $5,000 Business Summer Restart Package is now available for hospitality venue owners to establish outdoor dining areas. 

If your business qualifies for the Restart Package one of the first decisions when developing your outdoor dining space needs to be creating an all-weather location, providing shade and shelter to your guests. 

Skyspan Shade Umbrellas can offer you: 

  • Portable High-Quality Commercial Umbrella Solutions 
  • An almost unlimited choice of colours 

Our most popular retractable hospitality umbrellas are 

  • Alfresco Portable – light and easy to handle, the umbrella column fits most standard table umbrella holes, whilst strong enough to withstand wind gusts up to 60kph 
  • Sunset – a classic design combined with a heavy-duty commercial umbrella purpose built to live outdoors. 

Extra accessories 

  • Umbrella branding – give your business a shout out with your logo on the umbrella  
  • Heating and Lighting – allow those afternoon drinks turn into a whole evening of fun 
  • Skyspan™ Cube – our stylish concrete Skyspan™ Cubes have been designed to enable you to re-position your Skyspan umbrella where you need, when you need it.

Proudly Australian Made 

Small and medium business owners will be able to open with confidence thanks to a suite of support measures from the NSW Government, as part of the Economic Recovery Strategy. 

The expanded Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate will be eligible for use until 30 June 2022. 

 Visit the official NSW Government page to learn more. 

Contact our team today  and we will put you in contact with your local distributor.  

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Int. Ph: +61 7 3804 6288

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 Corporate Branding

With our “direct to fabric” print service, professionally promote your brand on your canopy using long lasting colourfast inks for accurate colour matching and a premium finish.

We have an established network of professional installers nationwide.

We’ll provide you with samples and pricing, and if needed, connect you with the people that we trust to do a great job.

Tips to creating distinctive outdoor dining spaces

Changes to the planning rules enable pubs and small bars across NSW to implement outdoor dining.

This is great news for hospitality businesses. The question becomes how can you create an atmosphere that customers feel is a destination rather than a footpath?

When you are getting started on developing your alfresco dining space one of the first decisions needs to be creating an all-weather solution, providing shade and shelter to your guests.

With a fabulous long lasting and portable commercial umbrella, you’re able to create an outdoor dining area that clients love.

Consider whether the umbrella is placed within a tabletop or is supported by a freestanding portable base. How does that effect your table configuration options?

Choose colours that create a soft and inviting light for guests to relax under, as well as helping your business stand out in the street.

Ensure the umbrella you choose is suitable for the wind zone that you are located in. No-one needs the stress of having to take umbrellas down mid service.

Commercial grade umbrellas are designed for use in hospitality with a combination of quality, strength and unique features, that takes them beyond the specifications of a domestic model.

Skyspan Shade umbrellas come with the recommendation of many hospitality providers. There are several models worth investigating, in particular take a look at the Sunset range, providing shade for up to 17m2, or the smaller Alfresco portable Umbrella which can cover up to 12.2m2.

Skyspan Shade offer a stylish concrete Skyspan™ Cube that the umbrella can be fitted to. This is designed to enable you to re-position your Skyspan umbrella where you need, when you need it.

Don’t order an umbrella that blows away or you have to throw away – get a quality solution that will last.