Tension Safety Net Secrets for Architects

High-rise buildings, bridges, atriums and elevated platforms all have one thing in common: they need a strong fall protection barrier to keep people safe.

But the last thing you want is for your design to be marred by a cumbersome and visually-unappealing barrier!

This is the secret of Webnet tensioned stainless steel safety net. Its light and unobtrusive appearance means it can be used to create barriers that are transparent, but meet safety requirements for fall protection and non-climbability.

What you need to know about Webnet safety nets

Webnet mesh has some hidden superpowers – it’s ultra-versatile, and its malleable fabric-like nature means it can be wrapped around structures such as historic monuments and children’s playground equipment.

Webnet is most often used for vertical safety netting – such as on multi-storey terraces, balconies, footbridges, multi-level carparks and the like.

It can also be used horizontal applications – under bridges, next to helicopter landing pads, or as catching nets for falling objects for example.

At a time when designers are looking for ways to cool and green buildings, Webnet mesh can also act as a trellis support for climbing greenery or planter boxes, creating a green wall and safety barrier in one.

Tension Safety Net Secrets for Architects / Tensile Design & Construct

The material’s robustness and tensile strength mean it is ideal for creating safety screens that are rated for large crowds, providing the maximum level of safety in commercial, public and educational spaces.

Barriers made from Webnet allow for views, airflow and natural light. They are also extremely low maintenance, saving on ongoing costs.

Project examples

Here are some examples of Webnet applications where appearance and safety were paramount.

Inner Sydney High School

The high-rise building at this city high school needed safety nets for seven levels of outdoor terraces and for a rooftop basketball court.

We used 40mm aperture Jakob Webnet mesh rated for C5 crowd loads throughout the project.

The full-length terrace barriers are extremely robust while allowing views over the surrounding cityscape, and without obstructing entry of natural light from outside.

For the basketball court we developed a custom-built post and cable system to support the large netting spans that were up to 26m in width.

Royal Far West Children’s Charity, Sydney

The four-storey atrium and spiral staircase at this charity’s new building required a retrofit safety barrier to prevent children from falling. The client also wanted the barrier to look as if it was part of the initial design rather than an add-on.

We used 40mm aperture Webnet for the project, to reduce the risk of climbing as well as falls.

This was a challenging project, as the corkscrew-like shape required for the barrier had never been attempted before! However, we knew Webnet was up to the task. So we drew on the expertise and experience of our design and engineering team to come up with a solution. The result? A beautifully-detailed, unobtrusive and unique safety net to protect children from injury.

Webnet safety nets are not just a lifesaver – they can also be designed to look great and blend in with the surrounding décor and supporting architecture.

Want to know more about Webnet safety nets? Contact us!

Tension Safety Net Secrets for Architects / Tensile Design & Construct

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