GL events Owen Brown beats the clock to help honour Britain’s war heroes

This December, GL events Owen Brown worked against the clock to erect a transparent red carpet reception area used to welcome hundreds of servicemen and women to the 2012 Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards.

The awards, known as The Millies, took place at the Imperial War Museum, London, last week [Dec 6], and saw members of Britain’s armed forces honoured for their bravery by Prince Charles and celebrities including Jamie Oliver, Dame Helen Mirren and Victoria Pendleton.

They were set the task of building the temporary structure in a day-and-a-half on behalf of event organisers ESC Events, who had just 39 hours to build, run and dismantle the entire ceremony to ensure that the museum was closed to the public for just one day.

Taken from the their Premier range and covered with clear roof and gable skins, the reception area measured 600sqm and was raised on one metre high scaffolding at one end.

It was situated at the entrance to the museum – even accommodating the venue’s iconic five metre tall, 100 tonne Second World War naval guns – and housed the awards’ red carpet area while offering guests somewhere to mingle before the events starts.

James Anderson, Owen Brown commercial director said: “The Millies are a fitting way for our country to say thank-you to our brave servicemen and women and so it was an honour for everyone at Owen Brown to be involved in this year’s events.

“The transparent nature of the temporary structure meant it created an amazing memorable first impression for everybody who attended the awards.”

“On behalf of the team at ESC Events and our client; The Sun, I would like to thank you for all of your hard work in making The Sun Military Awards (Night of Heroes), such a huge success.” Said John Wickens, Managing Director of ESC Events.

“Having worked on the event for 5 years, it is great to see the night working so smoothly and flawlessly, thanks to the hard working contractors. It was a delight to work with you and all of your team.”