From idle land to profitable space; the benefits of temporary structures

  • 4 Dec 2019

A semi-permanent structure from Losberger De Boer was recently used to construct a striking event venue, the Magazine London.

When facing the challenge of what to do with a patch of land that might otherwise stand idle, unloved and unprofitable for 10-12 years, a forward-thinking developer turned to the option of a ‘meantime development’, utilising a semi-permanent structure from Losberger De Boer.

The venue, located on the banks of the Thames, is capable of accommodating 1,400 for a formal dinner, 3,000 or so for a dance event or exhibition and, should the client want to use the adjacent outside spaces, up to 7,500 for a family fun-day or similar activity-based event.

The secret to this success stems from the creative and involved approach from the team at Losberger De Boer, taking the original brief of, ‘”I want a tent for 8 years – it needs to have 8m clear internal height and sit on the banks of the Thames…” and turning this into a bespoke steel-framed structure with fully insulated cladding, state-of-the-art M&E and a comprehensive level of internal fit-out.

Every aspect of the project was optimised – the steel frame was designed to reflect increased bay sizes (thereby reducing steel costs and foundation complexity) whilst also ensuring roof-flown loads for lighting rigs and sound systems could be accommodated.

The site itself threw up a few challenges – apparently once the site of an old ice works, initial groundworks quickly uncovered significant amounts of buried concrete that needed to be removed in order to allow 132 piles to be installed. Over 4,000 tonnes of concrete were removed, crushed and reintroduced to the site to form a stable piling mat and sub-base for the main slab.

The main structure is 36m x 93m with the addition of a further integrated reception space of 18m x 25m – the internal layout is arranged to provide two mezzanine areas for guest use, VIP break-out areas etc, dedicated production kitchen and back of house areas, plant room and offices.

The entire build process, from final grant of planning permission to handover and the first event took just 44 weeks and Robert Alvarez, Commercial Director for Losberger De Boer in the UK comments: “this has been a fabulous project to deliver but all credit has to go to the client’s foresight in clearly stating their requirements and, of course, our wider delivery team and supply chain partners who contributed to the success of the project.”

This project proves that there is far more to a semi-permanent solution than ‘just a tent’ and the team at Losberger De Boer are ideally placed to be involved with your project, offering inspiration, creative input and professional solutions.

A ‘making of’ video of the London Magazine event structure is available to watch here.


Losberger De Boer
Castle Park
Boundary Road
Buckingham Road Industrial Estate
NN13 7ES, UK

phone: 01280 846500
email: [email protected]

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