Rain adds to Ryder Cup build challenge

Hampered by wet weather, the De Boer team nevertheless scored a hole in one when they craned the Double Deck Delta Champagne and Seafood Pavilion into place on Wednesday (August 25) at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales.

Work on the project began at the beginning of August and John Cochrane, De Boer’s Sales Director – Events, said: “In spite of heavy rain the De Boer crew are making excellent headway and keeping to the schedule. We are making very good progress.”

This is the fifth successive time De Boer has been appointed to supply temporary accommodation for the European leg of the world-famous Ryder Cup. The biennial transatlantic contest sees the golfing giants of the United States pitted against their European rivals. This year’s event, which will be held from October 1-3 at The Celtic Manor Resort, will see the European team – led by Captain Colin Montgomerie – battle to regain the trophy following the United States’ victory on home soil at Valhalla in 2008.

Joining the golfing giants for the first time on Welsh soil, De Boer will be unveiling a giant of its own with the mighty Emperor, a stunning 25-metre-by-60-metre fully glazed structure. With its unique cantilevered canopy and terrace the Emperor makes a huge visual impact. The innovative, glue-laminated, wood-framed structure will form The Ryder Cup Travel Services and International Pavilion and will offer spectacular views across the first fairway.

Edward Kitson, Ryder Cup Match Director, said: “The Emperor offered a visually striking facility in Ireland in 2006, and we are delighted it will again be in place at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010. Temporary structures play a key part in providing public and hospitality facilities at major golf tournaments, and De Boer has been a great supporter of both The European Tour and The Ryder Cup for many years.”

De Boer has acted as a temporary structure supplier to Europe’s hosting of The Ryder Cup on four previous occasions – at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England, in 1993 and 2002, Valderrama in Spain in 1997 and The K Club in Ireland in 2006.

For The 2010 Ryder Cup, which will mark the first time Wales has hosted the event, the Brackley-based company will provide facilities across a specially created Ryder Cup Tented Village.

These will include public catering areas, merchandising facilities, an exhibition space, information centre, Ryder Cup Bar and Champagne and Seafood Bar, using structures which include De Boer’s highly versatile Delta and Double-Decker Delta structures.

John Cochrane added: “The Ryder Cup remains one of the iconic fixtures on the sporting calendar, attracting huge interest worldwide.”

The Ryder Cup is one of many golfing tournaments to be supplied by De Boer. The structure specialist has previously provided temporary accommodation to events including the Volvo Masters, the Johnnie Walker Championship, the Solheim Cup, The Senior British Open, the KLM Open and the World Golf Championships – American Express Championship.

Background on De Boer

De Boer is one of the leading international suppliers of temporary accommodation for large events and festivals, storage purposes, airport baggage handling and supermarkets. De Boer was established in 1924 and is headquartered in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. The company now has offices in The Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, France, Spain, Sweden and Dubai. De Boer is also represented in Qatar, Russia, China and the USA.

It employs more than 350 people internationally and during high season another 150 temporary workers are deployed. NPM Capital has been major shareholder since August 2005.

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