Event Marquees & Structures

Wilde Lodge, Powys

Wilde LodgeProduct: Bespoke large safari-style canvas marquee
Supplier: Bond Fabrications, 01453 767171, enquiries@bondfabrications.co.uk, www.bondfabrications.co.uk

Details: Wilde Lodge is a magical location perched above a river in Powys and centred around a beautifully restored 19th-century lodge. Along with accommodation in the lodge itself, the sprawling rural site offers a range of unique and magical areas for entertaining and dining, and is an idyllic location for exclusive weddings or intimate gatherings.

Wilde Lodge owners, Jemma and Kevin Willis, approached Bond to talk about adding a structure that would give them a unique space for guests at their stunning venue – a big white marquee would not work! The structure needed to fit into a quirky space between old characterful barns and blend into the charming surroundings.

Wilde LodgeBond created CAD visualisations to help Jemma and Kevin see how the structure would fit in the space. The solution was a bespoke safari style structure with traditional features yet with the structural integrity of a permanent installation. Natural wood poles and panoramic windows in olive green canvas gives it a subtle, welcoming façade that sits pleasantly alongside the barns.

Bond loves a challenge and has over 30 years’ experience, technical know-how and a skilled team. With CAD capabilities it offers a full design and manufacture service using robust frames and the quality fabrics. As a true British manufacturer, it prides itself on the quality of its structures, attention to detail and a personal service with ongoing support.

Customer feedback: Jemma and Kevin said: “We contacted Bond and were immediately impressed with their customer service. They came out to visit our site and listened to our business and ideas. We worked with them to create a stunning tent that is now nestled between the old barn walls. We host various events at the lodge from small family gatherings to large scale weddings and every time someone walks into the tent, their reaction is always the same, ‘this is magical’. The tent is the best asset to grow and develop as a business. We are absolutely thrilled with it!”


Sunnybrae Estate, Adelaide, Australia

Sunnybrae EstateProduct: Röder HTS Premium Large Marquee 20m x 30m with a curved roof
Supplier: HTS TENTIQ, 01276 462600, salesUK@hts-tentiq.com, www.hts-tentiq.com

Details: HTS TENTIQ was approached by the Sunnybrae Estate, just outside of Adelaide, Australia. The venue had previously hired numerous marquees for its attractive garden estate and decided to invest in one of its own.

Sunnybrae EstateSunnybrae opted for a Röder HTS Premium Large Marquee with fixed glass walling which gives the structure an elegant appearance. The client purchased both white opaque and transparent roof covers in order to maintain a comfortable temperature, even during the hot summer months. Transparent roof covers also showcase the striking white powder-coated frame.

The 20m x 30m marquee was installed on a large, paved area and features a white curved roof with herringbone flooring and comfortably accommodates up to 480 guests. It stands proud amongst the other more traditional buildings on the estate and provides the perfect setting for weddings and events.


Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire

Stanbrook AbbeyProduct: Marquee acoustic linings and zone array highly directional speaker system
Supplier: Direct Acoustic Solutions, 01403 820846, info@directacousticsolutions.com, www.directacousticsolutions.com

Details: Stanbrook Abbey Hotel is a former Grade II listed monastery, and retains many of its original features making it a charming setting for a wedding. It hosts over 100 events every year and its management was keen to install a permanent marquee in the grounds to cater for larger receptions.

This was Direct Acoustics second installation for the Handpicked Hotel Group. The abbey’s closest neighbours are just 91 metres away, and to obtain planning permission for the marquee, a noise impact and feasibility assessment had to be submitted to the council.

To achieve planning permission, Direct Acoustics’ engineers initially obtained underlying background levels without an event in operation (the lowest measured at Stanbrook was 25.2dB LA90). From there the team ascertained the level of acoustic mitigation required by running a set of propagation over distance calculations with music operating at viable volume levels.

Direct Acoustics always starts its acoustic modelling at 95dB which it considers to be the magic number for a marquee wedding venue to satisfy its clients. Below this level, the dance floor starts to lack the punch needed to get guests up and dancing!

Stanbrook AbbeyAt this operational level through a standard point source speaker system it was predicted that the correlating level at the nearest receptor would be 55dBA. Considerably higher than the 25dB LA90 background level the team needed to hit.

Using real world propagation over distance data gathered with a zone array highly directional speaker system, the music noise level was reduced to 41dB, a significant improvement but still 16dB above the required 25dB target level.

Fortunately Direct Acoustics’ MAL16 acoustic lining in conjunction with the zone array provided suitable attenuation upon the overall level and across the frequency spectrum to ensure the 25dB background level was not exceeded when events were taking place.

Planning permission was successfully granted with no appeals. The marquee has been operational for over three years now, all without complaint.

Customer feedback: Jonathan West, regional property and maintenance manager, said: “We have worked with Direct Acoustic on several projects; they have always been very supportive and professional with every aspect of our requirements. They have always supplied us with a superior product that works!”


Fairway Inn, South Yorkshire

Fairway InnProduct: 9m x 9m Fusion modular marquee
Supplier: Gala Tent, 01709 242454, info@galatent.co.uk, www.galatent.co.uk

Details: Fairway Inn is a multipurpose venue which is as at home catering for everyday patrons in the bar and restaurant, as it is providing a venue for wedding breakfasts, corporate functions, live music, entertainment, and children’s soft play. With an on-site hotel, it really is a venue that ticks all the boxes.

During the slow transition from full nationwide lockdown to outdoor catering only, there was a national shortage of marquees, party tents and pop-up gazebos. The owners of Fairway Inn hotel, restaurant and pub were at a loss as to how they were going to cover their paying customers in adverse weather. Gala Tent was able to not only source the components for, but also get a team together to erect a 9m x 9m modular marquee on site, which enabled the business owners to continue trading and protecting their revenues during uncertain times.

Fairway InnCustomer feedback: Owner Christian England said: “Gala Tent couldn’t do enough to help us in tricky times. There was a massive shortage of outdoor structures, especially of good quality ones, which we didn’t see coming. They were able to supply a super strong modular marquee with PVC covers, and also erected it on site for us, which was a massive help. Honestly, for outdoor hospitality and events, I can’t recommend Gala Tent enough”.



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