De Boer supplied the temporary structures to create the Boat House Club VIP experience for BBC Countryfile Live, which took place at Blenheim Palace over the weekend from 3rd – 6th August.
Over 120,000 visitors flocked to the show, which took place in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. The spectacular grounds, landscaped by Capability Brown, formed an integral part of the event and visitor experience, with the lake, and its famous Vanbrugh Bridge being a central feature of the grounds.
De Boer constructed the Boat House Club next to (and partially over) the river Glyme, creating 600 square metres of space using six hexagonal Acropolis pavilions linked together.
“We were delighted to be offered this new challenge, as creating splendid solutions in unusual settings is one of De Boer’s great strengths. We had to build on a considerable slope but clever use of packing towers and scaffolding over the water ensured it was built safely and securely, in just two days,” said John Cochrane Sales Director at De Boer.
De Boer used six Acropolis structures, which are each 100 square metre hexagonal shapes, connected together to create a single space, which was fitted out by event organisers SME London Ltd.
Rosie Lamb – Operations Manager from SME London Ltd said, “The Boathouse was a new addition to BBC Countryfile Live for 2017. We wanted to create a peaceful oasis in an area of outstanding beauty and the De Boer structure suited this perfectly. De Boer were professional and diligent to work with which meant the build went smoothly. The event itself was a huge success.”
“Only a slight modification to the structures, to incorporate our special transparent roof covers was needed to make our Acropolis tents work perfectly at Countryfile Live. I’m delighted to say we’ve been invited back next year.” concluded John from De Boer.
Using De Boer’s massive Jumbo Hall, the Floral Marquee is the centrepiece of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – the largest annual flower show in the world. Providing over 6,750 square metres of exhibition space, the Floral Marquee featured almost 100 nurseries and growers from across the UK this year.
Over 130,000 people attended the show, and Peter Spruce, Managing Director at De Boer, commented on this year’s project:
“This is De Boer’s fifth consecutive year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show building the Floral Marquee. There were some show-stopping displays this year and our Jumbo Hall incorporated state-of-the-art technology to keep exhibits at their Show best.
“Our patented ventilation grid system enabled a constant circulation of fresh air throughout the Floral Marquee and allowed heat to escape, helping plants thrive throughout the Show whilst keeping comfortable conditions for visitors.”
Measuring 30 x 225 metres, De Boer’s Jumbo Hall took only five days to construct. This enabled exhibitors to access the site as early as possible to build the show gardens – which can take up to three weeks overall.
David Edwards, Head of Show Operations at RHS, commented:
“We were delighted to be working with De Boer again this year. The Floral Marquee is an integral part of the Show and as visitors enter through the showground gates, it is one of the first things they see. The Marquee’s breath-taking size only adds to the excitement.”
De Boer recently constructed the Performance Arena using its Jumbo Hall, spanning over 1300sqm, for Rugby School’s ‘Festival on The Close’.
Performance Arena on The Close, image supplied courtesy of Rugby School
The ‘Festival on The Close’ is a week-long, public arts festival featuring a programme of 200 creative workshops and once in a lifetime experiences, part of its year-round 450th anniversary celebrations.
As part of the festivities, the Performance Arena hosted a series of live performances including G4 and Lesley Garrett; a night at the Proms; National Youth Jazz Orchestra; West End show, Stomp; a comedy night with Simon Evans and Zoe Lyon; as well as artist, Laura Mvula.
At the heart of Rugby School lies The Close, a monument to the origins of rugby. It was here in 1823 that William Webb Ellis first ran with the ball and invented the game of rugby. The site is still an essential part of school life, featuring two well-maintained rugby pitches and cricket square, so it was imperative during the build of the Festival’s main auditoria that the historic grounds were managed with exceptional care.
Peter Spruce, De Boer Managing Director, commented:
“The team’s careful use of plant and machinery and specially laid trackway protected delicate tree root areas. We also unloaded core materials 150 metres away from the project site and manoeuvred them using smaller vehicles to safeguard the grounds.”
The build was completed in just three days and carried out during term time, so all vehicle movements were supervised by a banksman and conducted at walking pace, ensuring the safety of pupils and staff at all times. De Boer also provided its Alu Hall structure to create 200sqm of kitchen space.
The main auditoria also hosted the School’s 450th Anniversary Gala Ball for 600 guests following the screening of a specially commissioned film featuring eminent Rugbeians in the Temple Speech Room.
Peter Berners Price, Chairman of Rugby School’s 450th Anniversary Year, added:
“The reaction from our guests when they saw the Performance Arena was simply - ‘awesome!’. Its scale and elegant appearance provided a wonderful backdrop for the Gala Ball as well as the Festival’s performances. What most won’t have appreciated is the attention to detail and the precise planning needed to realise this project, and in this respect, the De Boer team could not have been more helpful. The sight of the structure internally lit alongside the beautiful façade of the School after dark will remain an abiding memory.”
De Boer builds 13,000 sqm for Europe’s largest commercial marine exhibition
For the second consecutive year, De Boer constructed four colossal Jumbo Halls for Seawork International 2017 which returned to Mayflower Park in Southampton.
Over seventy vessels and 10,000 products and services were displayed across the three days in June - an increase from the 2016 show, requiring De Boer to enlarge the main exhibition spaces.
Fay Reeve, Seawork Exhibition Manager, commented:
“This year has been our most successful since the show’s inception in 1998. Overall we had 610 different exhibitors and 7,500 visitors and De Boer played a central role in creating a world-class venue fit for the international marine industry.”
De Boer’s four Jumbo Halls, which were used to create the two main show areas, the Atlantic and Pacific Halls, used a reinforced flooring system allowing them to withstand the weight of the largest marine exhibits – some weighing up to three tonnes.
John Cochrane, De Boer Sales Director – Events, said:
“The whole site took our 20-strong team just eight days to build from start to finish. Led by our foreman, Sam Morley, who worked on last year’s show, we have fine-tuned the building process to maximise space onsite.”
“Mayflower Park remained open to the public whilst the site was being prepared for the exhibition, requiring extra flexibility when erecting the show’s structures, which included a restaurant and reception area as well as the two main halls.”
De Boer built ancillary structures using Acropolis hexagonal pavilions to house the restaurant and an Alu Vista Hall for the main reception area. The team will be returning to Mayflower Park later this year to build the exhibition space for the Southampton Boat Show 2017.
De Boer’s photography Pavilion houses international exhibition, Photo London at Somerset House.
De Boer recently built the Photo London Pavilion, dubbed ‘the UK photography event of the year’, which returned to Somerset House.
To create the Pavilion, the team built four of the company’s Alu Halls constructing 1200 square metres of gallery space, which exhibited work from over 20 international artists, galleries and publishers, as well as hosting the Pommery Champagne Bar.
Kate Knapp, De Boer Senior Sales Manager, commented:
“Somerset House is an iconic venue providing a splendid backdrop for Photo London. Assembling the gallery in the venue’s courtyard did pose some interesting project challenges and the team took great care erecting the Pavilion next to this Grade II listed building.
“We also delivered the structural elements for the Pavilion overnight to miminise disruption. The facility took only three days to build from start to finish. To really add impact, we created a bespoke PVC external lining that featured classic photographs which spanned the gallery’s entrance.”
The external walls of the Pavilion were also adorned with two specialist commissions; an 18 metre mural created by renowned photographer, William Klein; and a unique installation of two individual 25-metre long murals created by Korean artists, Noh Suntag and Bae Bien, titled ‘Dual reality’.
This year’s Photo London included the ‘Discovery’ section which showcased the work of emerging artists and the ‘Talks Programme’ curated by William A. Ewing, former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York.
Nicolas Pianet, 20-20 Events, Photo London Operations Manager, commented:
“For the third edition of the Fair, the Photo London Organisers and 20-20 Events worked closely with De Boer to create the Pavilion structure, providing a premium exhibition space increased by fifty per cent compared to the previous edition. The particularities of the location coupled with tight deadlines presented motivating challenges for the team who delivered the project in a perfectly timed manner. By providing a dedicated team, meticulously selected partners and noticeable finishing touches, De Boer played a major part in Photo London’s 2017 success.”
Michael Benson, Director, Photo London, said:
“Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital and harness the city’s outstanding creative talent. Now in its third year, De Boer’s striking Pavilion is a fitting venue for London’s world-class photography fair.”