What is a Toro Shelter?

Fabric Buildings - A close look at the design and materials used to build a Toro Shelter.

What is a Toro Shelter Fabric Building?

A Toro Shelter is a large, clear-span, tensioned fabric building. Although Toro Shelters have many uses, they are mainly used for industrial uses.The purpose of this article is to explain in more detail the design, materials and construction that make up a Toro Shelter so that you can have a fuller understanding of the product and its capability.

The Composite PVC Membrane Covers

Warehouse | Toro Shelters

Ultra Tough

At the core of Toro's fabric is a mesh woven from threads of high tenacity polyester. the mesh is well known for its phenomenal strength to weight ratio. This mesh gives the cover fabric its mechanical strength.

UV Stabilised

To protect the core fabric from damaging UV rays, the mesh is coated with a flexible polymer (PVC). This coating gives the fabric its colour, smooth, aesthetic appearance, while improving the over-all weather resistance of the PVC fabric.

Finally, a surface treatment is applied to the PVC. The coat  further enhances the appearance and improves the fabric's dirt resistance. The type of coating used will depend on the location and intended use of the building.

High Quality - Long Lasting PVC Fabric

As with any construction material, there is a huge range of quality and specification on the market. Toro Shelter only uses the highest quality fabrics available. One of Toro's primary suppliers is Serge Ferrari.

Longevity - Designed and Built for a Lifetime's Work

It is a common misconception that tensioned fabric buildings are 'temporary'. While a Toro Shelter can be repurposed or relocated it is certainly built to last. The hot dipped galvanised steel frame is likely to last a lifetime while the PVC cover has a design life of 20-30 years. The PDF brochure link above, from fabric manufacturer Serge Ferrari, details some examples of fabric structures, including the Lords Cricket Ground and how they have endured the test of time.

Fire Resistant

Another misconception about fabric buildings is that they are not resistant to fires. Again, this is not the case, the report attached below summarises the test results from one of Toro's commonly used fabrics when tested in accordance with the European EN 13501-1 standard:


Toro fabric buildings use the highest quality European structural steel tubing. Our structures are fabricated in Europe. We will never use cheap, low quality, steel from an unknown source.

The Steel Structure

Bulk Storage Structure | Toro Shelters

Efficient and Cost Effective

The secret behind the cost-effectiveness of Toro Shelters' structures is the structurally efficient steel frame. Employing lattice steel frames instead of more conventional steel portal framed buildings means using a lot less steel to cover the same area, not only this but the ground bearing loads on the foundations are much less meaning reduced civils.

Massive Clear-Span Buildings

The other big advantage of a lattice steel construction is that Toro can create huge clear spans of up to 60m wide without the need for intermittent supports. This is a big advantage for a large warehouse or bulk storage facility and is also a key factor in sports arenas.

Building Regulation and Eurocode Compliant

Each of Toro's buildings is designed to comply with Eurocode standards and to meet your local Building Control's approval.

Toro fabric buildings use the highest quality European structural steel tubing. Our structural steel frames are fabricated in Europe to Execution Class 2 in accordance with BS EN 1993-1-1 and CE marked accordingly. We will never use cheap, low quality, steel from an unknown source.


Construction plan of a shelter | Toro Shelters

Lattice steel frame in design

Salt Barn | Toro Shelters

Steel frame building in corrosive environment

Bulk storage building | Toro Shelters

Huge clear span building