Farnborough International Airshow takes shape as De Boer tackles massive assignment
16 May 2012Farnborough International Airshow – the handover of the event’s huge temporary exhibition facilities to organisers.
The structure specialist, which will make the official transfer to airshow organiser Farnborough International Limited (FIL) this month, has been working on site in Hampshire since February.
20-week build programme
In total De Boer is tackling a complex 20-week build programme ahead of the airshow, taking place at historic Farnborough Airfield in early July.
Stunning exhibition venue
De Boer’s equipment, which has been transported from across Europe, has been arriving in 200 articulated lorries ahead of being transformed into a stunning exhibition venue covering around 80,000 square metres of floor space. Around 3,000 tonnes of equipment are being erected by the company.
In total, De Boer’s accommodation at Farnborough would provide enough floor space for the parking of 3,400 double-decker buses – or 50 Concorde aircraft side by side!
Roughly half of the biennial airshow’s hospitality chalets, which will extend for around a kilometre in total, are already in place, with De Boer currently putting the roof sails on to the airshow’s four vast exhibition halls, the largest of which measures an immense 50 metres by 250 metres.
Media centre and hospitality rooms
In addition, work has begun on the airshow’s media centre and hospitality rooms, which will be created inside one of De Boer’s stunning, arch-roofed Emperor structures.
Other facilities being erected include public dining areas, organisers’ offices, exhibitors’ chalets and merchandising areas, with as many as 34 De Boer personnel working on site each day.
Project Manager Katie Russell, who is one of the De Boer team that began work at the Farnborough site back in February, said: “The scale of the airshow challenge is colossal. With Britain suffering its wettest April for a century, the team has faced some terrible spring weather but the project remains on schedule for the facilities to be completed on time.”
The bulk of De Boer’s structures are due to be handed over to FIL on May 18. The structures will then be transformed as thousands of workers embark on the interior fit-outs.
Largest temporary exhibition venue
De Boer Key Accounts Manager Kate Morrison, who is overseeing the project alongside Katie Russell, said: “Not only is the airshow De Boer’s largest single assignment but we also believe it involves the creation of the world’s largest temporary exhibition venue. Everything about the event is huge – from the amount of facilities created to the scale of the airshow itself.”
Taking place between July 9 and 15, this year’s Farnborough International Airshow will attract exhibitors and visitors from across the globe. The last event – held in July 2010 – saw US$47bn in orders being announced among the 1,455 exhibitors and more than 250,000 visitors attending over the seven days.
De Boer, which is tackling its ninth successive Farnborough International Airshow, is transporting structures from its UK headquarters in Brackley, Northamptonshire, as well as from its overseas projects making the best use of manpower and materials at all times.
(An aerial image from the 2010 airshow is shown above)
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