When the Edinburgh International Festival asked Fews about solutions for three of their performance areas, we had no hesitation in recommending our Igloo Marquees for the job. The performance areas in question were Edinburgh Academy Junior School, Edinburgh Park and the Old College Quad. Each area focussed on a different programme of entertainment and included socially-distanced seating plans.
Building three structures of this scale, in a limited time frame, on some challenging sites required considerable planning and co-ordination with other teams. That it was achieved to the clients satisfaction is a credit to everyone involved.
The Quad outdoor venue was home to the afternoon chamber music series, a series of traditional Scottish music, five nights of inspirational spoken word and unmissable late-night cabaret. This was a complex build in an enclosed space. The 20 metre x 50 metre Igloo marquee structure with it’s 14 metre internal height was constructed entirely within the Quad. The dome and part of the structure were covered in clear PVC, with the front part and stage area covered in Silver/Black PVC.
Specialised cranes were required to build in the Quad, plus we had to avoid loads on specific points due to underground tunnels.
The contemporary music programme took place at the purpose-built, outdoor venue at Edinburgh Park. A 30 metre x 95 metre Igloo Marquee structure was built to house enthusiastic crowds across the festival period. The internal height of 16 metres offered a great festival environment with an eye to safety and social distancing. The audience area was covered by white PVC, with black PVC above the stage.
This site provided evening entertainment throughout the festival and contained the largest of the three structures Fews provided. Utilising clear PVC above the audience, the 30 metre x 100 metre structure was design to offer the best “outdoor” experience under protective cover.
In addition to clear PVC, blackout PVC was installed above the stage area for optimum viewing.
Below are three 360 tours – one for each structure built. They’re fabulous so take a look!