Stafford Boat Club

Stafford Boat Club

“It was just great timing that Spaciotempo had only just got its retractable tunnels back from the Olympics when we enquired. Not only does the tunnel suit our purposes perfectly, the fact that it was used at the Basketball Arena over the summer has become a real talking point”
Commodore of Stafford Boat Club
John Mountfort

Case Study

About this job
Stafford boat club recognised that for members to maintain their boats, the work had to be done in the open air, which meant that they had to brave the elements while setting about their task.

This summer, the boat club decided to do something about it and, after a member reported having seen a retractable tunnel used as a shelter for a gardening club, contacted Spaciotempo to order a tunnel that would enable members to work on their boats under cover.

Requirement
The average British canal narrow boat measures 2.2m wide and is typically 9m-plus in length. There was no need to cover the entire length of the boat – members can only work at one section at a time – but the club decided it needed a shelter that was lightweight and mobile enough to allow it to be moved up and down the length of the boat to keep up with the work.

Tunnel
We supplied a 3.5m tall aluminium A-framed retractable tunnel that had previously been used to greet athletes arriving for their games at the Basketball Arena at London’s Olympic Park. As well as refurbishing it fully on its return to Spaciotempo, we adapted it to increase its width from 3m to 4m in order to ensure adequate working space.

The tunnel measures 7m when extended and 1m when retracted – this helps with storage – and was supplied with black PVC sides and a Cristalplus transparent roof, with large rubber tyres filled with urethane to enable smooth and easy movement.

Outcome
The tunnel was hailed as a success by the boat club, whose members could not only look forward to carrying out their maintenance work safely out of the reach of the wind and rain, but also enjoyed the novelty of having a memento from the Olympic Games.

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