Losberger De Boer serve up seminar venue for 'Food Matters Live'


De Boer at Food Matters

For the fourth consecutive year, Losberger De Boer constructed the central pavilion for Food Matters Live, which returned this month to the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London.

The updated and refurbished circular Panorama pavilion provided by Losberger De Boer was the centrepiece of Food Matters Live, which brings together exhibitors and speakers from around the world to explore and discuss the significant relationship between food, health and nutrition. 

The structure housed the exhibition’s seminar area, providing 314 square meters of space for talks from influential guest speakers, including experts from Mars and Sainsburys, academics from international institutions, and healthcare professionals. Across the three days, over 400 speakers took to the stage as part of the carefully curated seminar programme.

“Building inside the wonderful ExCel Exhibition Centre requires great discipline and accurate planning from a logistics perspective,” commented John Cochrane, Sales Director – Events, at Losberger De Boer.

“Due to our skilled and dedicated team, we managed to complete the build well within the deadline and provide a unique structure for the event in just 24 hours. The updated Panorama has a modern design with rounded walls, a dome roof and horizontal glass panels that provide panoramic views for visitors at all times, which is ideal for a large and action-packed event like Food Matters.”

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Director of Food Matters Live, commented:

“The Losberger De Boer team are always incredibly effective and efficient in creating this central theatre which plays host to the unrivalled inspirational conference programme that sits at the centre of Food Matters Live. Over three days 15,000 visitors attended and 800 organisations took part in the exhibition and Losberger De Boer played a central role in creating a world-class central pavilion, widely recognised as an integral part of Food Matters Live.”

Food Matters Live is the UK's only cross-sector event bringing together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition.

Celebrating collaboration at Decorex International 2017



Losberger De Boer partners with United Business Media to build vast exhibition pavilion at Syon Park for Decorex International 2017

Partnering with United Business Media (UBM) for the first event of a new three-year contract, Losberger De Boer recently created the central exhibition space, covering over 19,000 square metres, for Decorex International 2017 – the UK’s prestigious luxury interiors and design show.

Decorex International celebrated its 40th anniversary year by returning to Syon Park, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, from 17 – 20 September.

John Cochrane, Sales Director – Events at Losberger De Boer, added:

 “Syon Park, with its Capability Brown landscaped gardens and picturesque lake, provides a wonderful backdrop for Decorex International. Following the Show’s 2017 theme – collaboration – we are proud to work alongside UBM to create a fitting venue that showcases world-class luxury interior design.”

To house over 400 exhibitors, Losberger De Boer built two 50-metre-wide Jumbo Halls creating the main exhibition space, which also housed the Champagne Bar, designed by Shalini Misra, in the style of the 1851 Great Exhibition.

The exhibition hall’s main entrance also highlighted a colourful and creative dining experience developed by a group of designers from across Derbyshire in honour of the show’s 2017 ‘collaboration’ theme. 

In addition, Losberger De Boer supplied two hexagonal Acropolis pavilions for the luxury street food café and a 20-metre-wide Alu Hall for the restaurant.

Kerrie Kemp, Group Operations Manager at UBM, commented:

“The Losberger De Boer team are always incredibly effective in helping create the exhibition and minimising any disturbance to the Park and its grounds. The vast scale of structures they provided this year were delivered to the highest execution. The show was a great success, and we are looking forward to working together again for next year’s event.”  


De Boer's VIP Boathouse a big success at Blenheim for BBC Countryfile Live


De Boer at Countryfile Live

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.

De Boer builds Floral Marquee at world's largest flower show


De Boer at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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.”

Festival on The Close


Rugby School Interior

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.”

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