A member of the Field and Lawn team working during the build of the Royal Highland Show

Behind the scenes at the Royal Highland Show Build with Field and Lawn

The Royal Highland Show is an annual showcase for rural and agricultural products, produce and lifestyle. As the largest agricultural show in Scotland, the event draws enthusiasts and industry professionals from far and wide to the magnificent Royal Highland Centre in Scotland.

The show has something for everyone, from competitions to shopping, live music and tasty food and drinks. It also helps to raise funds for the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

The event is anticipated to attract in the region of 55,000 people a day between June 22-25, 2023.

The scale of the event means it requires significant temporary infrastructure. Field and Lawn, the temporary structure specialist, is responsible for the monumental task of constructing a remarkable array of marquees and temporary structures for the event. Building around 14,000 square metres (3.5 acres) of covered space.

A short video has been produced to show the scale of the build in the lead up to the opening day of the world-famous event.

The month-long build programme started in May and involves meticulous planning and preparation with a team of more than 20 people working on the build. The build programme will see more than 40 structures installed for the show.

One of the highlights of the build this year is the impressive Golden Shears structure which spans 30m x 20m. The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships returns to the Royal Highland Show in 2023 after 20 years. It promises to be a standout event over the weekend under the largest marquee on the site.

Piers Ballantyne, head of projects, Scotland for Field and Lawn, commented on the task: "Having been involved with the show for over, 25 years, we are thrilled to be part of the Royal Highland Show team once again. The scale of the show and the sheer number of marquees needed makes it a very complex build, but one we look forward to every year. We are on programme, putting the finishing touches to the structures and can’t wait to see the show open!”

Mark Currie, director of operations at the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, said: “Field and Lawn are world experts in their field, and we are grateful to have them as part of our team over the Royal Highland Show and across other events at the Royal Highland Centre. The Show is shaping up to be one of the biggest to date, and the Golden Shears Sheep Shearing Championships is part of that appeal. We can’t wait to see and hear the buzz coming from the marquee on the Sunday of the Show when the World Champion is announced.”

GL events has won a contract to provide overlay services to Paris 2024. The image is of the official Paris 2024 flag

GL events announced as official overlay provider for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

GL events has been named as an official partner and overlay provider for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The contract covers the provision of products and services relating to the planning, design, supply, installation and on-site integration of multi-purpose structures, interior fixtures and fittings, grandstand seating, broadcast lighting, rigging and scaffolding.

GL events' scope of intervention will include the Olympic and Paralympic venues in central Paris, from the Champ de Mars to the Place de la Concorde, as well as stadiums throughout France in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Etienne.

Olivier Ginon, chairman/CEO of GL events, said: “The award of this contract for overlay services confirms the trust that has been established between the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and our group. By leveraging GL events' historical expertise and know-how, we were able to propose the best solutions to meet the organisers' expectations. We are also very proud to confirm our commitment to the success of the world's most important sporting event by becoming an Official Partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Tony Estanguet, president of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, asid: "As a leading event industry player in France and internationally, recognised for its expertise in major events, GL events group is making an even greater commitment to the games by becoming an official partner of Paris 2024, and we are delighted! In Paris 2024, because 95 per cent of the infrastructure used will be existing or temporary, the partnership with GL events will be crucial to achieving our goal of reducing carbon emissions by half. Together, we will do everything possible to ensure that the Games are more responsible and to offer a new legacy model for major events.”

The company's lengthy track record includes delivery of overlay for multiple iterations of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and Pan American Games to name just a few. On a UK level, the last year has seen GL events successfully deliver for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with overlay provision for 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow just around the corner.