July 20, 2016
Henley Royal Regatta – major date in the sporting calendar, world-famous event, ubiquitously English. First held in 1839, the regatta has been held annually apart from during the two World Wars. And from being first held on one single afternoon, the regatta now runs for five days, attracting international crews and thousands of spectators.
The Remenham Club is a social club run for and by the members of seven rowing clubs. Located halfway along the course on the Berkshire side of the Thames, the club house, lawn and Remenham Mound provide members with an unparalleled view of the races and the perfect environment in which to socialise.
This year’s regatta ran 29 June-3 July and, whilst we know exactly what needs to be done, it’s still an incredibly busy time – so busy that this is the first chance we’ve had to write about the event! We’re very proud to have worked with the Remenham Club since the 1990s. Over that time, the extent of our involvement has steadily increased and we now utilise the site to its full capacity so that members can have the most enjoyable and memorable experience possible.
Inside Outside gets to work…
Inside Outside is on site 2-3 weeks before the event to set up – there is lots to do! First off we have a massive
corporate hospitality marquee, with sufficient space to accommodate 300 guests for a formal sit-down meal. Attached to the marquee is a service area for a frenzy of food preparation – just imagine what’s involved for 600 covers over two sittings on a daily basis. On the river side of the marquee a veranda and seating area, enclosed by picket fencing and shaded by ‘sunbrellas’, provides a perfect viewing platform as the crews race past. A Chinese Hat marquee is put up to accommodate the outside bar and, on the Mound, another marquee provides a covered viewing area. No matter what the weather, members can still enjoy their day at the races – for this marquee we designed bespoke walls with windows so that the river view isn’t spoilt.
We always pride ourselves on respecting the environments in which we work and the Remenham Club’s pristine lawns, that are tended with much care throughout the year, need to remain perfect before, during and after the regatta. The grounds, not surprisingly, are liable to flooding at certain times of the year, so the main marquee is built on raised flooring to keep everything clear of the flood zone. And we erect the Mound stand as late as possible, just before the preliminary races are run prior to the regatta itself.
The Mound stand is actually quite special. This is where the flags of the seven rowing clubs are displayed, flying proud and high above the marquee roof. Needless to say, these flags are revered and, in previous years, they have been taken down every evening for safe keeping – and handling 14 flags is a time-consuming process! This year, however, we devised a clever way in which to ensure the flags would be secure, so minimising the risk of theft.
Job done, the club throws open its grounds to its members, dressed in all their finery – it’s a fantastic sight! And before we know it, we’re back to dismantle everything, a process that takes about a week.
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