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ECSR, Sprung Structure

Creative Intentions is about providing a high quality design service.  

Creative Intentions designed, planned and managed this development,  Eastern Community Sports and Recreation (ECSR) has built a high-tensile fabric canopy over the domain’s previously under-used tennis courts.
Using an innovative building system from a Canadian company Sprung Structures, which comprised of a tensioned membrane fabric fixed to large aluminium beams to create the 60m x 36m canopy.   
The facility offers many opportunities for the 11 sports clubs and community organisations that sit under ECSR’s umbrella.

Tennis and netball clubs will use the new facility; rugby, cricket, athletics and softball clubs will also take advantage, and it is available for community use.

Canopy construction began prior to lockdown in mid-March, was suspended during lockdown levels 3 and 4, and was completed early July.

It was quick to build, providing ECSR with excellent efficiency compared to what would otherwise have been a cost-prohibitive conventional structure.

Creative Intentions early involvement in projects enables clients to capitalise on investment.

Project funding included grants from the Rātā Foundation, the Lotteries Communities Facilities Fund, New Zealand Community Trust and Christchurch City Council’s Capital Endowment Fund grant.
Sprung Structures is a 123-year-old family company that initially began making tents and covered wagons.  Since diversifying into permanent structures, it has constructed approximately 12,500 buildings in over 130 countries.


ECSR’s Rāwhiti Domain canopy is New Zealand’s first Sprung structure.