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Neptunus transformed the centre of the Royal Ascot racecourse into a festival style experience, with a temporary village that doubled up as an after-race party venue.

The Village Enclosure, situated opposite the grandstands, provided attendees with an immersive experience at the heart of the racing action for last week’s event (18-22 June).

Neptunus technicians said they took two weeks to erect 4,600sqm of temporary structures. Neptunus then managed the turnkey fit-out of services including carpets, linings, lighting, power distribution, heating and air conditioning, toilets and external decked viewing areas to accommodate thousands of racegoers.

Alure Globe temporary structures formed a private fine dining restaurant for 2,000 guests each day to create Restaurant in the Village and a separate less formal ‘Villiers Club’ hospitality area.

Both facilities were part built on a scaffold base to accommodate the site levels. Neptunus also erected multiple smaller Pluto and Apollonia structures for a further 2,000 guests in the Village Enclosure.

The Apollonia is a structure designed by Neptunus for food and beverage sales that appeared in the UK for the first time at Royal Ascot. The structures formed street food stalls and cocktail bars. The Apollonia was originally created for major festivals across Europe. As a special feature for Royal Ascot, Neptunus’ in-house designers introduced a cantilevered canopy into the design.

For the final three days of the Royal Meeting, which was held from 18-22 June, racegoers were able to stay on after racing for entertainment in the Village Enclosure ABBA tribute act Masters of the Scene.

Neptunus managing director Ben Keast said, “The Royal Ascot team is constantly looking at improving the experience for racegoers. We have worked closely with them on the design and layout of the Village Enclosure to ensure our structures complement a real festival feel for spectators while maintaining the style and sophistication that one expects from the world’s most famous and prestigious race meeting.”

Ascot Racecourse head of estate operations Sam Thompson said, “Royal Ascot is our showpiece event of the year and with a 2.8% increase in attendance for 2024, it’s important we have the best infrastructure in place to provide our guests with a world-class experience. Through our continued work with Neptunus in delivering the Village Enclosure we have given thousands of racegoers an experience to remember.”