Thanks to its substantial student community, University of Manchester is one of the biggest universities in the UK, and hosts two annual graduation ceremonies to mark the academic achievements of its cohorts.
This historic institution approached GL events UK to provide temporary structures to comprise a Graduation Village, as an event space for graduation ceremonies and associated services. Requiring their solution on a long-term hire, the GL events UK team ensured that the temporary structures supplied were suitable for the client to use across a whole month.
Moreover, the structures had to withstand high footfall of attendees and provide dedicated spaces, for services such as registration, robing and photography, screening, and hospitality. In addition, the interior and ancillaries of the structures had to maximise functionality whilst providing space for graduates and their guests to enjoy the atmosphere.
A key challenge encountered by the GL events UK team was the access and security measures that the educational institution had kept in place for student safety. Since the site was located in the University’s car park and it was GL events UK’s first time building in this area, it was important to overcome the associated access limitations. As a result, the team worked closely with the university to ensure that the operational implementation of the project could continue, both with minimal disruption and maximum security at the site.