The City of Tea Tree Gulley in South Australia is currently upgrading a number of park and play spaces across the Council’s numerous suburbs, improving facilities for the areas growing population.

Young families increasingly spend more and more time in parks, enjoying the outdoors, and City of Tea Tree Gulley is keen to promote healthy outdoor living for local residents. To maximise use of our play spaces protection for the sun is essential, and a well-designed shade structure can greatly add to the user experience, providing a sun-safe environment for young and old alike.

Shadeform have been engaged by the Council to supply and install a range of shade structures over a number of play spaces, including the ever popular Shadeport at Neville and Pantowara Reserves, and a series of custom designed Hypar Shade Sails at Famechon and Kestral Reserves.

The scope for each reserve was set out by the Council’s landscape division to comply with their requirements as well as Australian Standards for shade provision. Shadeform were engaged to finalise the design process, obtain Engineering and all necessary approvals, and then undertake fabrication of steelwork, construction of footings and the manufacture and installation of Shade Sails or Shadeport.

On completion, each play space now benefits from an eye-catching shade structure, which adds to the user experience of parks in the Tea Tree Gulley area. Each Shade Structure provides benefits from both a practical aspect, where the deployment of shade is crucial to the safe use of such spaces, and from a visual point of view where the design of each shade structure only adds to the aesthetic appeal of these vibrant and welcoming community spaces.


Shadeform have over 30 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and installing Shade Sails & structures, being at the heart of this relatively new industry right from its inception. With a background in sailing and sail making from childhood, the Shadeform directors have a wealth of experience in the manufacture of sails. You cannot buy or import experience, you have to be there – and that is what sets Shadeform apart from the competition.

Commercial Shade Sails & Shadeports are Engineer designed to suit the application. Shade design is a very specialist area with a limitless array of structural formats. By using the latest 3D design software, Shadeform’s Engineers are able to accurately calculate the tensile loadings and design posts, footings and support structure to suit.

Shade Sails & Shadeports can be manufactured using a wide range of fabrics depending on the individual requirement. Commercial grade Shadecloth provides a durable yet economical solution, with UV protection up to 98%. Becoming increasingly popular is the extra heavy duty Monotec 370 Shadecloth. This Australian made monofilament shade fabric is available in a wide range of vibrant colours and has an excellent 15 year warranty.

Shadeform use only the best fittings available on the market. Grade 316 stainless steel edge wires, D rings and galvanised heavy duty chain are generally used on large Commercial Shadecloth Sails, with durable galvanised or stainless edge cables being used on the Shadeport depending on the application.

Design is critical to the lifespan of a shade structure, and this comes with experience in this specialist area. If designed correctly, a shade structure will provide years of trouble free shading, with minimal maintenance required.
Why not contact Shadeform today for advice on your shading project?

Author: Josh Carr

A Mechanical Engineer by trade, Josh now helps Shadeform Sails with all things technical. This includes overseeing the IT department, website development and online marketing.

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