Event

With its display of classic cars, dancing girls and a star-studded guest list, the party to celebrate the London premiere of the new Hollywood film Fast and Furious 6 was a extravagant, glamorous affair.

Requirement

Such a special event requires a special location, which is why organisers not only decided to hold it in the courtyard at Somerset House, but chose to host the party inside a series of our clear roof-skinned temporary structures.

Structures

  • Main bar – 2x Absolute structures with clear curved Eclipse roofs and window panels.
  • VIP hospitality areas- 6 x hexagonal structures with clear roof skins and window panels.

These transparent structures allowed the interior lights to illuminate the courtyard and enabled the VIPs inside to admire the surroundings without having to set foot outside.

Challenges

Although our temporary structures made an unforgettable impression because working at Somerset House is not without its challenges.

The utmost care is needed when operating amongst its 18th Century architecture and timing is crucial because the venue, which stages art and culture exhibitions, is open to the public during the day.

This meant that the majority of our work to build and then disassemble the structure had to be done throughout the night, starting three days before the party took place.

Then, as soon as the party ended, we moved in, working until 11am the following morning. We returned again that evening and finally left the site at 5am.

Outcome

Scott Hayward, Managing Director of Owen Brown, said: “This was a tremendous event to be involved in and, thanks to our staff’s planning, hard work and professionalism, we created a venue thoroughly befitting of a Hollywood film premiere.”