The core of the challenge was creating shelters that were structurally sound and secure yet maintained an appearance of lightness, as though they were temporarily resting in the landscape.

This project called for thoughtful and clever design and planning, as all hold-down fixtures in the structures (aside from the fixings on the roof surface and side cladding) had to be invisible.

Group GSA successfully led the Design Team, and we worked closely with them, using our DesignExecute™ method to realise the vision. We were also honoured to work again with Western Sydney Parklands Trust, with whom we have delivered other unique community facilities.

After careful planning and detailed consultation with the architects, Fleetwood finalised a design for the project that was then translated into a full 3D model of the finished product. This 3D model allowed our manufacturing team to visualise the end result and to work through the challenges of the project before fabricating and assembling the structures prior
to installation on site.

Our construction knowledge and value engineering methods, along with the expertise of both our partners, meant we could deliver structures that were both aesthetically pleasing and cost effective.

To achieve the desired impression of lightness, and yet retain the structural integrity of the main members, CHS pipes were bent in two planes to create the necessary shapes. They were also joined only at the underground baseplates, giving the shelter members a seamless finish.

The structures were finished with roof cladding of Coreten sheeting, which was designed to flow down the western side of the shelters to provide protection from the afternoon sun. The sheeting also has shapes cut into the surface that create interesting shadows as the sun moves, adding an extra design element to the structures and the immediate surrounding area.

This project demanded a high level of precision and collaboration from all members of the Fleetwood team (including our engineering and design team, fabrication and manufacturing teams and install team), as each element of the structures needed to align perfectly so that the end result was true to the design vision.

Group GSA successfully led the Design Team, and we worked closely with them, using our DesignExecute™ method to realise the vision. We were also honoured to work again with Western Sydney Parklands Trust, with whom we have delivered other unique community facilities.

“Throughout the project we found Fleetwood to be very cooperative and responsive to the needs of the project,” said Group GSA Associate Director Steven Hammond. “They provided their services in a timely manner which served to ensure the design and construction programs were met…[and] achieved a high quality built work for this project… Our client, the Western Sydney Parklands Trust was very pleased with the outcome for the project.”

Now open to the public is the entire 12km Wylde Mountain Bike Course, which caters for intermediate, competent and advanced mountain bike riders. The trail, which is available free-of-charge, is built to international standards and includes a training area with jump runs and pump track. For visitors, there is a 90-space car park, picnic area and seating, as well as amenities and café facilities in the Sydney International Shooting Centre.