Specialist marquee solutions for D-Day 80

insight into the d-day 80 event build

Field and Lawn are deeply honoured to have been involved in the poignant event organised to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.  

We were the principle temporary structure provider for the extensive production. The event was over a year in planning, and we provided in excess of 4,600m2 of marquees. Our event structures formed dressing rooms, production infrastructure, catering facilities, first aid points, press and media zones, plus a significant hospitality venue which hosted a lunch for all the VIPs. 

clearspan event marquees at a large d-day 80 event

About the event

The event was attended by His Royal Highness King Charles and the Queen Consort, they were joined by the Prince of Wales, leading UK politicians and WW2 veterans on Southsea Common in Portsmouth. 

The significant back-of-house infrastructure for the production took our in-house site teams over three weeks to build.  In total, it took just over 100 crew days to build the project.  Detailed designs, schedules and layouts were provided to the event organisers as well as comprehensive RAMS to complete the prestigious installation safely and to a critical deadline, whilst meeting stringent security requirements.

We were supported by GL events UK who delivered the 20m x 50m hospitality structure for the event. 

Our reflections

Field and Lawn’s Regional Director for the South, Ben Coleborn said.

“This was a once in a lifetime project and it demanded the very best from everyone involved.  From the initial meetings it was clear that it was going to be a very significant and high-profile event, with the eyes of the world watching.  We worked as one team, with the BBC and the amazing team at Chromatic Productions, to create a temporary setup that was fit for our incredible veterans, royalty and the public.” 

arial view of event marquees forming the back of house infrastructure


Our team are experts in working for significant high profile events. We would be delighted to help with marquees and event structures for your next event.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.