10th February 2010
Boer supplied facilities for a crucial international conference on the future
of Afghanistan staged in London and attended by
world leaders from more than 70 nations.
International Conference on Afghanistan
attracted representatives of the coalition forces operating in the country along
newly-elected President Karzai and United Nations’ Secretary General Ban
Boer, one of the world leaders in the supply of temporary structures, provided
more than 5,500 square metres of accommodation in the grounds of Lancaster
House off Pall Mall where the summit was held.
Boer was appointed by Host Broadcast specialists Feltech to provide a range of temporary
structures to form a press centre, media briefing rooms, broadcast studios,
delegates areas, catering, kitchen and toilet facilities for the event which
attracted more than 600 journalists from around the world.
work on the mammoth project was conducted amid the tightest of security, with
De Boer and several hundred contractors also working through bitterly cold and
snowy conditions in one of the most severe winters the UK has seen in more than 30 years.
Manager David Tunncliffe, who co-ordinated De Boer’s role in the event, said:
“This has certainly been one of the most challenging and demanding projects
that we have tackled. Despite the severe
weather and the intense security involved, our team managed to ensure that the
structures were handed over on time. The fact the media centre is situated
within a royal park also provided further challenges for us. We had to ensure
that that trees and plants in the park were not damaged by the tonnes of
equipment shipped in.”
huge Jumbo structure measuring 60x40 square metres formed the centre-piece of
the media village with range of 15 further structures including Alu Halls, Chalets,
Pyramids and the unique De Boer Walkway. In addition, De Boer was also
responsible for overseeing all carpentry, carpeting and heating requirements
within the structures.
De Boer has provided facilities for a number of major political and royal
events in the UK over recent years including the G8 Summit of world leaders at
De Boer Group has also provided conference facilities inside Afghanistan where
the company supplied structures for an historic meeting of 1,500
representatives of Afghan tribes back in 2002 as part of the early discussions
on the democratic future of the country.
London conference on Thursday, January 28th,
was arranged by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown as part of the developing
democratic process in Afghanistan
and was hosted by Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Cochrane, De Boer’s Sales Director – Events, said: “We are very proud to have
been selected to provide facilities for such an important international
conference. Everyone hopes that this
event will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Afghan crisis. It’s
amazing to think that 10 years ago we shipped equipment into Kabul itself for an event which helped to
pave the way for the democratic processes which have now taken place and which
particular project has been a massive challenge for our build team having to
cope with such severe weather conditions in London and working to a very tight schedule
amid strict security. However, once again it demonstrates De Boer’s ability to
deliver solutions fast and reliably for even the most sensitive or complex