Concrete Canvas Shelters (CCS) are rapidly deployable hardened shelters that require only water and air for construction.
CCS have two major advantages over conventional tented shelter:
- Operational: CCS enable a hardened structure from day one of an operation. They provide much better environmental protection, increased security and vastly improved medical capability.
- Financial: CCS have a design life of over 10 years, whereas tents wear out rapidly and must then be replaced. CCS are a one stop solution, saving effort and cost over the lifetime of medium to long term operations.
The key to CCS is the use of inflation to create a surface that is optimised for compressive loading. This allows thin walled concrete structures to be formed which are both robust and lightweight.
CCS are constructed from Concrete Canvas, bonded to the outer surface of a plastic inner which forms a Nissen-Hut shaped structure once inflated.