Final push for huge airshow project

13 July 2010

Staff from structure specialist De Boer – and many hundreds of sub-contractors and exhibitors – are embarking on a hectic final few days ahead of this month’s spectacular Farnborough International Airshow

Accommodation transfer
The frenetic activity on site follows the formal transfer of tens of thousands of square metres of accommodation to show organiser Farnborough International Limited (FIL).

Temporary exhibition venue
The handover marked a significant step for De Boer, which has been present at the Hampshire airport since the beginning of March with teams of up to 45 personnel working each day to create Europe’s largest temporary exhibition venue. Once completed, De Boer’s facilities will total 90,000 square metres – offering floor space equivalent to 460 tennis courts!

Aviation spectacular
The transfer of facilities to FIL enabled huge numbers of exhibitors and sub-contractors to move in ahead of the seven-day aviation spectacular, which gets under way on Monday July 19.

Hospitality chalets
De Boer has now erected four mighty exhibition halls, which will become temporary home to leading aviation and aerospace companies from across the globe, as well as around a kilometre of hospitality chalets, which are likely to play a key role in the multi-billion-pound deals expected to be signed during the 2010 event.

Business suites
As well as exhibition halls and hospitality facilities, the company’s temporary accommodation is being put to a vast range of uses including as business suites, offices, media centre, merchandising facilities, public dining halls and family areas.

Premier debut
Individual product ranges being used at this year’s airshow include De Boer’s mighty A-frames, its stunning double-decker Emperor and its futuristic, circular Panorama Domes. Farnborough 2010 also sees the UK debut of the company’s latest exciting product, the highly versatile, modular Premier – no fewer than four of which are being transformed into hospitality facilities during the event.

Huge number of structures
De Boer Project Manager Liz Routh said: “The Farnborough International Airshow continues to be a logistically complex assignment for De Boer, not least because of the huge number of structures required and the vast range of different products being used. The 2010 event has proven to be a superb demonstration of team work at its best, both within the De Boer team and with our client, FIL.”

De Boer's eighth airshow
By the time the airshow opens, De Boer – which is tackling its eighth show – will have transported more than 200 articulated lorry loads of equipment, with its structures weighing an incredible 3,600 tonnes.

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