De Boer kept Pope Benedict dry on Birmingham visit
29-Sep-10by Annie Byrne
Event structure provider, De Boer, was chosen to erect temporary accommodation for Pope Benedict’s open-air mass in Birmingham.More than 7,500sqm of temporary structures including two halls, crew catering facilities, a medical centre, a media centre plus accreditation and merchandising areas were put up in eight days.De Boer’s sales director of events, John Cochrane, said the high-profile nature of the event meant security and logistics were a challenge for all involved. “This was an important contract for us because the eyes of the world were on the Pope’s visit, which was televised all over the globe,” he said. The Pope held a mass at Cofton Park for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the first step towards making Cardinal Newman a saint. A choir of over 1,000 drawn from parishes throughout Birmingham sang in front of around 70,000 ticket holders.Picture courtesy of WRG Creative Communication.