Six Nations Success at Murrayfield

Hospitality marquee hire elevated with a fresh collaboration

Field and Lawn, together with GL events UK have delivered a world-class hospitality village for the Six Nations tests at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.

Field and Lawn have provided event marquees to Murrayfield Stadium for over 20 years. Every year the focus has been on improving the guest experience, but this year the client wanted to elevate their hospitality offer even further.

We teamed up with GL events UK to deliver a completely refreshed layout. This created a better visitor flow, enhanced branding and improved back of house logistics.

A complete event infrastructure solution

Overview drone shot of temporary event structure installed at Murrayfield

The impressive set-up saw over 5,500m2 of marquee space installed in a tight area in the stadium curtilage. The build comprised 14 bespoke marquees including small bar structures, kitchens and toilets ranging from 3m to 20m span. The expansive hospitality suites ranged in size between 10m x 20m up to the largest 20m x 105m structure. This suite catered for a total of 2700 guests, complete with modern curved roofs and elegant linings designed for high-end corporate hospitality.

Collaboration

Working closely with the operational team at GL events, Field and Lawn developed a range of options. This included photo real CAD renders which were presented to the client, Elior. This included detailed site plans to demonstrate how the village would look and feel for visitors.

CAD drawing of Murrayfield Structure
Murrayfiled Drone shot of structure supplied by Field & Lawn

Once the final designs were approved, in-house, expert installation teams from both Field and Lawn and GL events UK worked as a unified team to build the village. The exceptional teamwork enabled us to complete the build safely within a tight 4-week build programme, ready for the first game in February.

Challenges

One of the biggest challenges was working during significant adverse weather. We experienced a typical Scottish cold snap, temperatures dropped to as low as –7 °C while our crew were working. Despite the weather outside, we maintained a temperature of 16 °C within the structures for 5 weeks. This was achieved by 4 large boilers supplying heat to 50 nykuu units across the structures. This ensured our crew kept warm and all equipment within the marquee remained undamaged.

On top of this, storms Isha & Jocelyn showed wind gusts of up to 81mph which has a significant impact on our kit and the safety of our crew. To navigate these obstacles, we were in constant contact with our client and site crew, ensuring we followed the agreed weather management plans.

We ensured the safety of all suppliers on site was the main priority, providing daily briefings to highlight any hazards created by the weather. Our Solar Welfare unit was on site throughout the build to provide a drying area for our site crew and plenty of tea & coffee!

Field and Lawn have branches across the UK which enables us to provide a responsive service. Regular safety checks were conducted by our local branch in Edinburgh, which is based just 11 miles from Murrayfield.

Murrayfield External shot of structure

Supply chain partners

This project utilised a range of experienced and trusted supply chain partners for key packages at Murrayfield, including heating, joinery, toilet hire and tack-off lining. All suppliers we contracted with worked to the same high standard that we pride ourselves on. They all contributed hugely to the final product.

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Structuring Success: Behind the scenes at Womad Festival

from field to festival in 80 marquees!

Womad Festival is an annual cultural festival, showcasing music, arts and dance from around the world, held at the picturesque Charlton Park Estate. This large-scale event features a wide range of activities, including music performances, workshops, and learning zones. The festival grounds host a range of structures, from dressing rooms and catering areas to children’s workshops and luxury facilities.

On the ground:

Womad Festival required a diverse range of marquees and structures for both front and back-of-house operations. Services such as carpeting, ramps, linings, cassette flooring, and banner rails were also provided. The build program spanned three weeks and involved a daily team of 12 in-house riggers.

A range of festival marquees supplied by Field and Lawn at Womad Festival

What was provided:

The team at Field and Lawn worked with event organisers to tailor marquee services to accommodate the varied needs of the event. This year, our event marquees team supplied a total of 80 temporary structures for the festival. These marquees ranged in size from 3m x 3m conical marquees to large 12m x 35m clearspan structures. Marquees were allocated for production, hospitality, infrastructure, and various activities.

As part of supplying these structures, our team was responsible for the delivery and Installation of each marquee. The entire festival site was covered with marquees delivered, installed, and later dismantled by our dedicated in-house crews. This setup included both conical marquees and clearspan structures.

Responsive repair and maintenance services were offered throughout the festival to ensure the seamless operation of all structures. Our team was on hand 24 hours a day to make sure that everything ran smoothly.

Bespoke marquee solutions:

At Womad festival, the Field & Lawn team showcased expertise by installing a diverse range of structures to cater to various event needs. The Crew Catering Marquee, a spacious 12m x 30m clearspan structure, featured a cassette floor, catering section, lining partition, charcoal carpet, ramps, and a portal beam—ensuring the crew’s comfort and efficiency.

For the younger attendees, two 12m x 25m clearspan marquees were dedicated to hosting creative and educational workshops in a vibrant and engaging atmosphere. Entertainment at the festival didn’t end there, specialised treatment rooms provided a relaxing space for massages, while the Physics Pavilion Marquee, measuring 10m x 20m, provided a dedicated area for scientific exploration.

The festival also prioritised the performers, providing three artist dressing rooms in different sizes (6m x 18m, 6m x 18m, 6m x 12m) to accommodate their pre-show preparations.

Merchandise and water stations found their place under a 5m x 5m and a 6m x 6m conical marquee, while the Showering and Changing Marquees, featured non-slip flooring and adjustable legs. Each of these amenities was thoughtfully installed to allow a seamless experience, enhancing the festival’s accessibility and convenience.

The luxurious touch extended to the La-di-da Loos a 10m x 15m lined marquee with clear panels, accompanied by a 3m x 3m conical structure offering a lavish restroom experience.

Oxfam marquee at WOMAD Festival

The finished result!

The provision of a wide array of marquee structures and related services by the event marquee team played a crucial role in ensuring the success and smooth operation of the Womad Festival, offering a comfortable and functional environment for artists, crew, and visitors alike.

Organising your festival or event and need bespoke marquee solutions? Field & Lawn has over 35 years of experience installing marquees for some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals. Speak to our team today and start putting plans in place!