Ascot Structures was contracted to provide its brand-new, state of the art Polygon structure for a Google event held at The Grove, Hertfordshire in May 2016. Google’s annual Zeitgeist event is the largest of its kind in Europe and brings together thought leaders to debate the trends that define the spirit of our time. The event was attended by a diverse group of global business leaders, representing the top tier of Fortune 500 companies, brands, media and publishing groups across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Our client’s directives for this prestigious event were twofold; to create a high ceiling with improved acoustic function and to cover existing trees. A conventional structure would have been unable to reach the required height. However, the Polygon boasts an impressive weight-load of just under half a ton per beam, allowing the production team to install as much of the very latest in lighting and sound technology as it wished, creating a spectacular event.
Ascot’s Polygon structure is available in a wide range of sizes and configurations. For this particular project the venue was sufficient to accommodate an 18m x 45m structure with 40m being enclosed and a 5m canopy acting as an entrance porch. Ascot’s in-house team fabricated transparent roofs to make the most of The Grove’s beautiful Walled Garden.
Due to the narrow access of the listed wall surrounding the Walled Garden, large plant for lifting was never an option so the Ascot team found an alternative solution. Thus, a crane with a 70m boon was deployed, lifting and positioning each piece of the frame into place. In addition, Ascot’s cassette decking system and an integral weighted floor anchoring system, were manually carried into place.
The finished result was an aesthetic dream and showed the Walled Garden off in its best light.
Ascot Structures was asked by Festival Republic to deliver a VIP structure for BBC Proms In The Park & Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park. The brief was to deliver a bespoke, very smart looking structure, with a cutting edge design that was in-keeping within the surroundings of Hyde Park. The structure was used to entertain corporate guests who enjoyed a champagne reception, luxury 3 course dinner and drinks.
Festival Republic has been running the event for a number of years and were looking for a new hospitality structure for their VIP area, Working in conjunction with Ascot’s sales and project manager and utilising the BBC’s and Festival Republic’s prior knowledge and experience of both the site and the event they designed a structure that matched their requirements.
The structure provided included an entrance area complete with ramp, cloakroom and reception desk; a main dining room complete with an integrated covered viewing platform; a tent to house their luxury integral WC’s; kitchen facilities including an external fridge and loading platform, designed specifically for the event and a staff changing room.
It was erected using Ascot Structures’ unique Layher system scaffolding, to deliver premium viewing for guests. This started at a height of 2m and was raised to 3m, taking into account the contours and undulations within Hyde Park as it approaches the Serpentine. The scaffold base was used in conjunction with decking steps and ramps to ensure that the facility was fully compliant with Health & Safety and DDA legislation. This included linking the reception tent and main dining tent with a bespoke 30m (l) x 2m (w) decking ramp that was finished with Ascot’s luxury glass safety hand rail. It featured several sloping sections, returns and flat decking platforms.
The main dining room was finished using Ascot’s new flat white stretch linings for roofs, walls and gables, in addition a false apex gave the appearance of a central apex, despite it being slightly off centre due to the recessed viewing platform. The reception tent was finished with tack off linings and bespoke stretch recessed roof linings, designed by Ascot especially for the event, delivering a seamless overall finish.
Both Festival Republic and the BBC were delighted with the end result, it was a stunning structure that completely met their objectives for the event.
The Festival Supplier Awards took place on 28th January 2016, at London’s Hurlingham Club. With 24 awards presented in total, Ascot Structures was delighted to receive the accolade of ‘Best Temporary Structure’ for their work at BBC Proms in the Park and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, last September. Working on behalf of Festival Republic and the BBC, Ascot Structures created a bespoke VIP hospitality structure for the event.
Undoubtedly contributing to the win was a glowing testimonial from Dick Tee of EnTeetainment, who was head of production for the event. Delighted with both the solution and service received, he said: “We were impressed with Ascot Structures’ product range, knowledge and flexibility. Their in-house manufacturing capability allowed them to create for us the bespoke solution we were looking for. In addition the whole team’s adherence to Health & Safety regulations on site was impressive and they showed a great deal of care and respect for the Royal Parks location in which they were working. The ‘Hospitality’ structure delivered exceeded our expectations and their overall performance was superb!”
Commenting on the award win, Dan Owen, Ascot Structures’ sales director said: “In a hotly contested category that included no fewer than seven shortlisted companies, we were thrilled to receive this award. Being chosen by a highly credible panel of judges, all at the top of their game, is a real testament to all of the team’s hard work and dedication.”