While they are probably best-known for being a robust fall protection solution, Webnet mesh barriers are also ideal for a range of applications at sports facilities.
Webnet mesh is UV and corrosion resistant, and strong enough to withstand the impacts of vigorous sporting activities and large crowds.
Here’s how Webnet mesh barriers can be used in sports settings.
Webnet mesh is ideal for ball-catching nets, as it absorbs noise and shocks when fast-moving balls slam into it. This means it can reduce noise pollution in the local vicinity. The material is also highly unique in that it can be tensioned to be rigid in some areas and flexible in others across the same net as required.
At first glance, Jakob’s Webnet ball-stop fences may appear similar to some of the more common types of wire-mesh fences. However, there are several differences.
For example, being made from marine-grade stainless steel means that Webnet mesh barriers have excellent longevity (lasting up to 25 years) and require little to no maintenance. The more standard ball-catching nets tend to be made from far less durable materials, including polyethylene, Chainlink, galvanised welded mesh and reinforced aluminium.
In addition, ball catchers are generally designed with high-functionality in mind. Webnet offers the additional advantage of being translucent and elegant in appearance, or even sculptural in form, as in the case of this curved ball catcher in France.
Safety barriers for crowds and equipment
Sporting enclosures require safety barriers that are highly transparent while being robust enough to handle the impact of large crowds. Webnet mesh fits the bill. The material has a high-span capacity as well, which allows for the installation of large continuous nets without intrusive poles getting in the way.
Webnet mesh can also act as a protection net for expensive equipment installed on walls and ceilings in gymnasiums and stadiums. This can save on costs by reducing the need to invest in expensive ball-proof lighting and sound equipment.
Project examples of Webnet mesh barriers in sports facilities
Here are some examples of how Webnet mesh barriers have been used in sporting facilities around the world.
- Dee Why PC Youth Club – 160mm aperture mesh was installed in this project for the basketball court screens. The transparency of the mesh allows for natural light and airflow, while forming a crowd-rated robust barrier.
- Inner Sydney High School – the new school building at Inner Sydney High required wall and overhead barrier for the rooftop basketball court. This presented some challenges as the mesh needed to span 26 metres, without any existing supports. Tensile resolved this issue by creating a post and cable design to support the mesh.
- School ball catching fences in Riaz – for this project near Gruyere in France the architects wanted to connect the school to the surrounding region. They chose sleeveless Webnet coloured in black for the ball stop fences to provide the required transparency and to frame the spectacular landscape of Gruyere.
To find out more about Webnet mesh barriers for sports facilities, or to discuss your project idea, get in contact with our team.