Inflatable structures are used as quick deployable structures for many different commercial and military purposes. The advantage of small packing volumes and quick installation are extremely attractive to the event industry, internationally. The commercial agenda driving the industry demands flexibility, mobility, short installations and reduced deployment costs. There are inflatable solutions currently deployed and working within the industry. Safety of the structures are the most questionable with many products claiming resistance to high wind speed pressure. Most not supported by structural engineering documentation and most even without proper testing been undertaken. The point of failure in pneumatic structures follows the development of compression zones in the membrane that eventually leads to collapse. This translates quickly to buckling deformation due to external load application. Most solutions simply increase internal pressure to achieve a stiffer inflated structure. And this leads to practical complications and costs that are not sustainable in a commercial environment. This thesis begins the exploration of a solution that will comply with UK event industry safety standards that are prescribed under publication. The deployment of a bending active element integrated and working with the pneumatic structure is proposed as a hybrid solution. The aim is to achieve greater advantages than the standard inflatable approach currently offers.