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Event organiser SME London Ltd has chosen De Boer to supply the temporary structures that created the Boat House Club VIP experience for BBC Countryfile Live. The show took place in the grounds of Blenheim Palace last weekend (3-6 August).

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,” said John Cochrane, sales Ddirector at De Boer. “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.”

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.

“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,” said Rosie Lamb, operations manager from SME London Ltd. “De Boer was professional and diligent to work with which meant the build went smoothly. The event itself was a huge success,” Lamb added.

“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.

Over 120,000 visitors flocked to the show. The grounds, landscaped by Capability Brown, formed an integral part of the event and visitor experience, with the lake, and the Vanbrugh Bridge being a central feature of the grounds.