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EFS Work on Historic Burial of King Richard III

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:45

EFS Work on Historic Burial of King Richard III

EFS Europe had the privilege of working on one of the most historic events to take place in the City of Leicester. Following the unearthing of his remains in 2012, a procession to transfer the mortal remains of Kind Richard III took place in the county ahead of the re-interrment ceremony on Thursday 26th March.  Prior to the parade - held on Sunday 22nd March - the remains had been kept within the University of Leicester. The parade began with a ceremony in the grounds of the University, held within a temporary venue erected by the aptly named Kingsmead Structures. EFS Europe worked alongside Kingsmead to supply and install temporary footpaths around the venue in order to protect the ground and aid the pedestrian flow. "We were asked to build a completely see-through structure in one of the busiest parts of the University grounds", said Kingsmead's Senior Event Manager Martyn Davies. "Due to the location of our structure, we pointed out to the University that pedestrian access to the building would be hampered due to the blocking of several footpaths. We contacted EFS Europe at very short notice to see if they could supply and install a series of temporary footpaths that would retain safe pedestrian access without the need for people to walk on the adjacent lawned areas. The paths would be the first element of the project to be installed and the last to be removed so as to ensure continuity of access as soon as vehicles started arriving. We were delighted with the work conducted by EFS Europe, with the temporary pathways working exactly as intended."

Temp-A-Path™ was used exclusively for the project, with lightweight nature of the product making it the ideal choice for what needed to be a swift installation within a busy location. The University's Deputy Business Development Manager of Estates Tim Yates gave his thanks to the suppliers involved in the event saying: I would like to add my thanks for all your support for making the King Richard III departure from the University such a great event, and for enabling the KRIII Open Day yesterday. The scene was set perfectly with the purpose built marquee and the media stage fully met the requirements. The crowd barriers were ideal and the pathway worked perfectly. Without all your help and commitment behind the scenes it would not have worked. A big thank you to Martyn of Kingsmead for pulling it all together, excellent job!  Maybe an Honorary Degree in Event Management next year?

EFS Europe Business Development Manager Jeremy Simpson commented:  “We’ve worked with Kingsmead on many occasions, so when they identified the need to create temporary footpaths they contacted us straight away. Leicester is our home-town, so it was a great honour to have played a small part in the event.”

Tags: Historic and Listed Buildings, Marquee and Special Events