Lightweight design halls - the clever alternative

With their narrow cross-sections, short assembly times, and wide variety of façades to choose from, lightweight design halls are ideal for many usage requirements. Whether as a temporary solution for plots with little space, or trade-shows, or indeed as permanent hall buildings: lightweight design halls have many advantages.

Light in Construction, Light in Cost

Given that the construction elements involved in lightweight-design halls are often used only under structural tension, the lower construction costs involved in lightweight design may surprise you. Not just as a short-term solution, but even as a more permanent measure, these halls can be used as storage or exhibition space. The duration of use, according to the depreciation of fixed assets standard measure, is 14 years. Especially for shorter-term use, erecting these halls is subject to a simplified planning permission process. Even with long-term deployment is isn’t always necessary to obtain standard building permission documentation. Structural engineering analyses that have been verified by Germany’s technical standards institute mean that the halls can be considered modular system halls, pushing down costs in addition to the saving already made by avoiding digging foundations.

Lightweight design hall construction - a miracle of structural analysis

A lightweight design hall can be erected on almost any level surface in a short construction period. The load-bearing framework can consist of lightweight aluminium structures for tent-style halls, or of a structure based on tensioned trusses. Air-domes offer especially lightweight construction, and ensure stability using air pressure. The external walls of the hall consist of translucent membranes, which make the structure particularly well-suited to equestrian halls or exhibition spaces. Glass-fibre lattice webbing can be used, and polyester panels also enjoy frequent use.

Tent-style halls – the classic of lightweight design halls

Tent-style halls are widely-recognised as the classic example of lightweight-design halls. The light load-bearing structure can be erected without any need for foundations and in a shorter, and therefore more cost-efficient, construction time. This type of hall structure can be used for a multiplicity of applications. Whether the tent-style hall is suitable to serve as a longer-term building, for instance as a warehouse, depends on the robustness and structural quality of the cladding. In comparison to a steel-framed hall, lightweight-design halls are lower in cost and lighter, yet boast span widths that are just as broad. Appropriately implemented, the structures can even tolerate the weight load of snowfall.

Lightweight-design halls - buildings to be taken apart and reconstructed over and again

So-called ‘flying buildings’ are lightweight-design halls that happen to be erected only ever for a short period of time. They are constructed in such as way that they can be taken apart and reconstructed many times over, and they are optimised to achieve this process in a short period of time. An example of such lightweight hall structures are circus tents: this type of hall is often used for larger festivals or trade-shows.

If you’re looking for a lightweight structure we would be very happy to advise you further. Do get in touch and we will gladly clarify whether a lightweight structure could suit your construction project. Let us explain how we could implement your project in within budget and matching your requirements.

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