Bringing tennis facilities to life in VR

Along with its plans to spend £125 million on 96 new UK indoor projects, the Lawn Tennis Association shared a design toolkit for tennis centres to customise facilities and calculate costs.

Rubb decided to produce a mockup of these design specifications to help tennis centres see what the future of indoor facilities looks like.

This was brought to life in a VR tour, which can be seen below.

Click and drag to tour the facility. On mobile, open in the YouTube app and look around with your device.


The Benefits of Fabric Structures

In their design toolkit, the LTA detailed some of the many benefits of fabric structures.

Among these, the LTA states that fabric structures have the “highest design life across the low cost indoor structures.” Rubb can attest to this, with Rubb buildings having been used around the world for more than 30 years complete with their original PVC sheets.

With high-quality materials, low maintenance follows. The LTA advises that the “Stability of the structure is not affected by isolated damage to the membrane.” With fabric constructions, any unlikely damage to the PVC sheets can be fixed with quick, easy, and inexpensive repairs.

Sustainability is a core-focus of the LTA, making Rubb’s fabric construction a perfect match. Rubb is working on achieving 100% recyclability for every single material used. Not only can the steel and PVC covers be recycled, but the whole structure can be relocated, adapted, expanded, or dismantled and stored for future usage. They can even be sold to new users, as Rubb offers full refurbishment and recertification services.

The LTA continues to note the high customisation potential with fabric-clad structures, stating that “There are a wide variation of manufacturer building profiles.” Rubb provides a base of four configurations, which can be further tailored or fully custom made to meet any specific needs.

They go on to say praise the “range of indoor lighting solutions available.” The benefit of fabric-clad structures is their ability to let daylight onto the court. Not only does this save on electricity costs, but it can ‘open up’ the venue and allow for a more natural environment.

The LTA also encourages centres to consider the variety of access door configurations possible with fabric constructions, and writes that they “can be easily accommodated anywhere along the perimeter of the building.” Rubb can equip venues with any door arrangement specified and offers a wide range of access and emergency access doors, each meeting the strictest European product standards.

The LTA advises that “consideration needs to be given that materials might be sourced internationally” and warns that “the value of sterling will affect pricing levels.” This, however, does not apply to Rubb as all design, manufacturing, and construction is handled from within the UK.

The LTA’s mission is to open up tennis across the UK with large-scale, sustainable venues. With that in mind, there is no better option than a Rubb frame fabric structure.