|Photo details: A 27m x 8m
(93' x 26') Roder party pavilion with hip
ends, a bay front (integrated entrance porch)
and Chinese hat roof section. Image courtesy of
Regency Events Ltd.
|Aluminium box framed
the most widely used type of tent in the UK as
they have the advantage of being flexible,
durable and practical. Many sites that would be
unsuitable for traditional tents present no
special problems for these structures. They can be
erected on most surfaces, joined together to
make larger structures or joined to
Framed marquees have the
advantage of no centre poles which means
customers can design the interior layout without
having to be concerned with obstructions. This
can be an advantage for table plans and things
like dance floors giving slightly more usable
internal space than a traditional tent.
Framed tents do not have side
poles of guy ropes around the outside making
them ideal for sites with limited space, or
where a customer needs to join or butt up to an
existing building. Windows and doors can be
placed almost anywhere around the structure.
Other advantages of aluminium
framed structures is the ability to erect them over
most surfaces including uneven ground (using an
flooring system or scaffold base), on
concrete or tarmac surfaces.
|Photo details: A 12m wide
(40') interior image featuring simple
and elegant pleated ivory roof and wall linings
and a cream carpet over a wooden flooring
structures are not quite as elegant as traditional
tents and are usually slightly more
expensive to hire, but the advantages often
The image below shows that they can be quite
attractive and contemporary in design,
especially with the unusual clear roof. See also
Clear Roof Marquee images.
|Photo details: A selection of
clear span tents joined together. The tent
in the centre is a 9m (30') wide Chinese hat
structure with an interesting clear PVC roof.
The left hand tent also features a clear roof
and solid walls. The tent on the right is a
standard 6m wide (20') structure with PVC
roof and walls.
marquees" are the most common term for these
tents in the UK; however, many event hire
companies use different descriptions including
"aluminium frame(d) tents / marquees /
structures", "frame pavilions" or "clearspan
structures / marquees / tents", etc.
The words "frame", "structure", "clearspan",
"clear span" or "pavilion" will usually indicate
that they are this type of marquee illustrated
here. If you have any doubts with your event
company just ask them if the tent they are
quoting for is an "aluminium box frame marquee"?
|Photo details: A 9m (30')
wide clear span structure being erected in the
snow. The image shows the framework before the
roof sheets and walls are added and also the
layout of support timbers ready for a flooring
system. In many cases the flooring system is
integrated, put down first and then the tent
erected over an attached to the flooring to add
weight and stability. In this case the flooring
system is added afterwards and will still
provide some extra stability.
Frame Marquees and also
Party Lighting for