Art fair Frieze London, which concluded on Saturday (18 October), featured more than 140 international galleries in a bespoke temporary exhibition venue, constructed by Neptunus, in Regent’s Park.
Its sister show, Frieze Masters, meanwhile, attracted more than 120 leading international galleries for a unique exhibition of antiquities, old masters art and 20th century pieces at an event running in tandem with Frieze London.
This the third year that Neptunus has provided the venue for the art fairs. Earlier this year, the company was awarded a five-year extension to its contract with Frieze Events to provide facilities through to 2018.
It took 60 Neptunus technicians two weeks to build more than 40,500sqm of facilities, including 55 separate buildings.
Four 50m-wide Alu Halls provided separate but linked exhibition halls for Frieze London, constructed around the tree canopies of Regents Park, along with a host of ancillary structures. Transparent gables also allow visitors views across the stunning parkland.
A further three 50m-wide Alu Halls, which are also linked, provided dedicated exhibition space for Frieze Masters.
Neptunus’ Alu Halls also left room for smaller structures, including a café, restaurants, sponsors’ area, press room, auditoriums, reception areas, store rooms, toilets and administrative offices.
“Neptunus was responsible for coordinating the all-important understructure works to enable the complex build programme to be completed on time to hand over to Frieze Events for the internal fit-out and installation of exhibits,” said managing director April Trasler. “It was really a mammoth logistical operation requiring finite planning to ensure that all the under structure was in place for our temporary buildings to be erected on.”