The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) recently welcomed over 300 World War II veterans to the unveiling ceremony of their Memorial Spire, inviting them to celebrate with a special lunch in the centre pavilion constructed by De Boer.
De Boer was honoured to construct a signature Alu Hall structure for the main pavilion to accommodate guests for the celebratory lunch after the 102ft Memorial Spire, which will serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command, was unveiled.
A second De Boer Alu Hall housed the entertainment programme, including the inaugural performance of ‘Strike Hard, Strike Sure’ (the Bomber Command motto), an anthem specifically commissioned by the IBCC Trustees and composed by Tom Davoren, one of the most dynamic young composers in the UK today. De Boer also built the ancillary structures and a Chalet structure which acted as a media centre for the day’s events.
Nicky Barr, IBCC Director, commented:
“The team at De Boer has been a joy to work with throughout the entire operation. We started talking to De Boer last year when the site was still in construction, so the event and the temporary structures required have evolved accordingly.
”Thanks to the flexible approach offered by De Boer, we managed to accommodate over 300 World War II veterans for lunch. This was the largest such gathering in 50 years.”
To emphasise the importance of the day, attendees including veterans, their families and dignitaries, were treated to a spectacular fly-over by iconic aircraft, including the last flying Vulcan, a Blenheim bomber, two Tornados, three Hawks and the current MacRobert’s Replay.
John Cochrane, Sales Director – Events at De Boer, commented:
“It was a privilege to assist with such a historic event. Together with the IBCC team, we pulled out all the stops and hope the guests thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations.”
Working with Reed Exhibitions, De Boer provided the main exhibition hall for the SPE Offshore Europe 2015 conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
De Boer provided five gigantic Jumbo Halls that had specialist roller shutter doors allowing easy access for heavyweight exhibits, for the four day oil and gas industry exhibition and conference, which took place over September 8 – 11 and attracted over 55,000 visitors from an international audience.
The Jumbo Hall structures were divided into five zones and housed over 1,500 exhibitors and stands providing information about equipment, products and engineering associated with the oil and gas industry.
Jackie Gregson-Brown, De Boer Senior Account Manager commented, “Being a part of one of the largest exhibitions in the oil and gas industry for another year is a great honour. Our experience in logistics and time management ensured that such a huge project was built and dismantled smoothly, guaranteeing that everyone involved had a great event.”
This year the conference included keynote and technical sessions led by speakers Professor Brian Cox; Raymond Burke from BP; and Alistair Geddes from Expro Group which ran alongside the exhibitor stalls.
Ben Gleeson, Group Operations Manager with Reed Exhibitions said, “We have been working with De Boer for many years to deliver SPE Offshore Europe and we are always assured of a high quality service from all of their team. The 2015 edition of the event was the largest to date and a great success for us. Building such a large venue to house the event on a confined site next to the North Sea is not an easy task but is one that De Boer always achieves safely and on time.”
Jackie Gregson-Brown added, “Weather is a crucial element that needs to be taken into consideration when building structures for events and our team did brilliantly navigating the conditions to successfully erect the main exhibition hall to schedule.”
SPE Offshore Europe 2015 was organised by Reed Exhibitions and the Society of Petroleum Engineers International. SPE is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production.
De Boer sets sail for its 23rd ‘Festival of Boating’ at Southampton Boat Show.
De Boer supply the Ocean and Windward exhibition halls together with the Windward Wharf, a public catering facility. The team have also built exhibitor hospitality chalets on the Show’s temporary marina.
“Over the last 20 years we’ve seen the show grow and grow,” comments John Cochrane, De Boer Sales Director – Events.
“Due to demand from exhibitors we’ve added an extra 600 square metres to the main Ocean Hall and have seen an increase in demand for the hospitality chalets on the marina”.
Building De Boer's structures on the marina pose special construction challenges. Southampton Water experiences double high water each day and along with Southampton being one of the busiest commercial shipping ports in Europe, this means De Boer has to use a specialist bracing system to counter any excessive movement of the marina pontoons.
Similarly, the sea facing location exposes the site to windier conditions, which have to be met in the design and build criteria.
Murray Ellis, Managing Director of British Marine Boat Shows which organises the Show, added:
“The Southampton Boat Show is a world leading show and I always look forward to opening day at the Southampton Boat Show, the culmination of 12 months planning. This year the show recieved over 120,000 visitors across the ten days.
“The Show is special, the temporary marina unique, and we are delighted to have De Boer’s expertise to help us deliver another successful event.”
This year, visitors enjoyed views from the Honda Boat Show Eye and visited the tall ship, the Earl of Pembroke. The Royal Yachting Association’s, Active Marina Experience, also returned this year helping visitors to refresh their boating skills whilst onthewater’s ‘Get Afloat’ experience encouraged eight to 16 year olds to discover the excitement of dinghy sailing.
The Southampton Boat Show ran from the 11 – 20 September 2015.
Working with events specialist, Private Drama, De Boer helped create a summer corporate family fun day for 700 guests at Dorney Court, Windsor.
In the picturesque grounds of Dorney Court, De Boer erected an Alu Hall as the main structure to create the central festival space designed to host over 700 guests who enjoyed the activities Private Drama had to offer.
Catherine Fuller, Head of Events at Private Drama commented on the day’s activities:
“The team brought a quintessentially British festival to the gardens for guests and their families to enjoy. We were pleased to be working with De Boer on this project – one of the largest outdoor events Private Drama has organised.”
As part of the corporate family fun day, guests were also able to enjoy live music from bands, Flood the Floor and up and coming singer, Hannah Jane Lewis on the pop-up stage.
The fun day also featured a traditional fairground with a helter-skelter and carousel, as well as the popular Karavanaoke – karaoke in a caravan! For the more adventurous, archery, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and 4x4 blind driving were also on offer for guests.
De Boer also built structures for the kitchen, crew catering and changing facilities. A number of ancillary pyramid and Cocktail structures were used for a range of fairground attractions.
Nick Henderson-Williams, De Boer Sales Executive, commented:
“From start to finish Private Drama have been a pleasure to work with. Their choice of Dorney Court as a venue for their corporate family fun day was an excellent decision allowing for a fantastic day of entertainment and activities. The beautiful weather only added to the great day.”
(Photo credit to Private Drama.)
The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) HANDA Ladies European Masters celebrated its fourth birthday this year and De Boer built the central hospitality complex at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club for spectators to catch all the action – including Beth Allen claiming her first professional title.
De Boer created the hospitality complex at the centre of the championships using its signature Alu Hall so spectators and visitors could enjoy the perfect English garden party experience. The complex also included a tented village with an artisan market as well as the kids’ zone and Ashai bar.
John Cochrane, De Boer Sales Director – Events commented:
“We’re delighted to continue our working partnership with The Ladies European Tour and The Buckinghamshire Golf Club for the third consecutive year. The views over the course from the Hospitality Pavilion are tremendous, with the added benefit of an outside terrace for those who enjoy the sunshine.”
As one of the UK’s top golfing tournaments, the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters was broadcast around the world and on the Ladies European Tour YouTube Channel. This year over 144 world class golfers competed across the four day tournament.
As well as the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, De Boer has also provided temporary structures for a number of high profile golf tournaments including the The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last year, various World Golf Championships, Senior British Open Championships and of course the KLM Dutch Open.
Jenny Mills, Ladies European Tour Event Manager, added:
“De Boer’s hospitality complex provides a wonderful lively venue for both golfers and visitors across the championships. The hospitality complex is a great place for the whole family with young enthusiasts trying their hand at golfing skills and visitors soaking up the exciting atmosphere.”