8 November, the awards were presented at the festival for the European event industry. The opening of the APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2 in the Port of Rotterdam has been rewarded with two awards. The event won one of the three Grand Awards in the category Launch Event, which were presented during the ceremony. 140 different events competed in the various categories in total.
In honor of the opening of the most advanced terminal in the world, a spectacular show was organized in April. Innovation and creativity were the central elements of the event. The fully automated terminal was officially opened by king Willem-Alexander. In addition there were many international guests and employees who got to see a spectacular show from a pontoon of the containers on the side.
The guests were given a visual show presented on 16 large video screens which were mounted to the containers. The containers were hoisted in the air and created a unique show for which the innovative approach of the terminal complex was deployed.
The creative brain behind the event -Piet-Harm Sterk of the production office BIND- took received the two awards:
"It is great to note that the jury has seen the creativity and the innovative nature of the event that has been the key element throughout the process of the event. First of all by the intensive cooperation with the client himself, being APM Terminals. Subsequently, all appointed aspects that were important to them in the whole concept and the vision of the event towards the suppliers, including De Boer Structures. At the time of execution all elements came together in an end result of which all details were correct ... An amazing experience! "
BIND is specialized in developing and producing films, campaigns and events with a clear signature. This was clearly visible during the event of the opening of the APM Terminal.
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.
For five days Utrecht and Jaarbeurs have been the scene of the biggest cycling event in the world, the Tour de France. For this Grand Départ, De Boer was responsible for the construction of around 11,000 m2 temporary spaces including turnkey VIP reception and hospitality spaces to ensure the enjoyment of all attendees.
The design of the facilities aimed to provide spaces where the visitor could enjoy the race live. Therefore the different hospitality areas had outdoor terraces with waterproofed canopy solutions to ensure some shadow and protection in case of rain. The horizontal windows in the facades also allowed the race track in acclimatized pavilions with all the amenities. Among various structures that were built we can distinguish Delta vista / Emperor / Acropolis / Anova Vista.
Despite the tropical temperatures, thousands of VIP guests enjoyed the start of the Tour de France throughout its journey. In Jaarbeurs the big scenario of this event, was actually a complex two-story Emperor which reached more than 7,500 square meters in which the greatest challenge was to ensure climate control to guarantee 10 degrees below the outside temperature.
Additionally, De Boer also built the international press center for 2,500 journalists and VIP hosts during the team presentation
The exhibition venue has been the meeting point between riders and teams, organization, spectators, media and businesses. Jaarbeurs was both the start and the finishing point of the race as well as the main patner in 5 VIP locations of Utrecht.