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Piggotts supply marquee for the Red Bull Revolutions in Sound music event at the London Eye

Piggotts, the marquee specialists were selected by Innovision Events to supply a temporary marquee structure covering approximately 150sq meters at the base of the London Eye for the Red Bull Revolutions in Sound music academy event.
The event brought together 30 of the UK’s most prolific club nights such as, Rinse, Boiler Room, and Fabric. DJ’s from each of the clubs were designated a pod each, acting as there DJ booth to play and mix music from.

The event was broadcasted live, simultaneously across 30 club stages making this one of most talked about music events this year, with performances that stretched across genres, eras and postcodes. Highlights came from Mark Ronson playing a vinyl-only DJ set. Elsewhere, Richie Hawtin returned to his roots in the Lost capsule and Rudimental let rip above the city that inspired their astonishing rise.

At the foot of the London Eye, over 2,500 music lovers shook the pavement in silence at a Silent Disco featuring the likes of Ashley Beedle and Academy graduate Jackmaster. Off-site, an audience of more than a million viewers tuned-in from around the world to catch the action online via YouTube and Channel4.com.
Having supplied and installed a number of marquees around the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games last year, the Piggotts team have extensive experience of managing temporary structures in central London, as well as remote locations across the UK; having installed marquees for the Counties shows and at V Festival earlier this year.

Lee Harvey, Managing Director of Piggotts said, “Red Bull is a very dynamic brand and we have worked alongside Innovision on a number of occasions. Our team play a small but very key part in these grand events, so it’s important for the organisers to know that they have a reputable company that will deliver for them.”


Piggotts named as partner at world’s largest egg hunt

Piggotts named as partner at world’s largest egg hunt

Piggotts, via its ‘Creative Displays’ division, has been named as a partner in the ‘Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’, the worlds largest egg hunt taking place over 40 days in London this Easter (from 22 February), aiming to raise £2 million for charity.

As part of the partnership, the company, part of the Crown Group, will manufacture, deliver and install tailored plinths for the 200 fibreglass eggs that will be exclusively designed and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists.

The eggs, which will be displayed at high profile locations throughout the capital, will be auctioned off alongside a showcase egg, designed by headline sponsor Faberge.

The plinths, designed for external and window display use, will vary in size and shape, with the largest of the stands boasting a half-ton internal weight.

Piggotts will install all 200 eggs at the secret locations across London, and undertake any renovation if needed during the 40 days.

The contract was awarded to Piggotts after the company demonstrated its ability to skilfully manufacture and install bespoke visual displays, most recently at an event for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, where its team designed, developed, manufactured and installed a number of displays to mark a week-long celebration held in South Molton Street.

Lee Harvey, managing director, Piggotts, said: “The ‘Big Egg Hunt’ is an incredible project which we are proud to be part of. Not only is it exciting and fun for the people of London but it will also raise substantial funds for two very important charities.

“Our Creative Displays team is delighted with this new partnership and the many new and high profile contracts that we have secured recently.”

The eggs will be sold at auction to raise funds for Action for Children and Elephant Family – the UK’s largest charity that raises funds for protecting the endangered Asian elephant’s habitat.

Dame Clare Tickell, chief executive, Action for Children, said: “The ‘Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’ is a ground-breaking and exciting way to get London and all its visitors involved in raising awareness and crucial funds for the most vulnerable and neglected children, young people and families across the UK. It’s particularly heartening to know that the money will have been raised thanks to an event which will be hugely enjoyable for the thousands of children and families who will be taking part.”


Piggotts awarded top safety accreditation

Piggotts, part of the Crown Group, has been awarded a top accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.
safecontractor, a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors is applicable to most sectors, although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors.

Employing over 60 people, Piggotts is well known for high profile installation projects such as the Regent Street Christmas Lights. Piggotts also specialises in the design and installation of Flags and Banners, Creative Displays and high-profile Marquees. All the projects across the business require a dedicated site-team with a high focus on installation quality and accident prevention.

Lee Harvey Managing Director of Piggotts said, “We are not new to the scheme, but as the company has grown the accreditation process has become more stringent and it is not an easy accreditation to achieve.”

John Kinge, Technical Director of safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.

More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Piggotts has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.”

Under the safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 170 major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.


Piggotts create in-store lighting display for flagship GAP stores in London, Paris, Milan and Rome.

Piggotts, the Christmas lighting specialists, have been selected by retailer GAP to create in-store lighting displays for flagship stores across Europe.

Having produced the in-store lighting display last Christmas, Piggotts have been working closely with GAP this year to develop a new design featuring 1.5 meter tall letters, stacked on top of each other, forming the word LOVE.

The Piggotts team worked simultaneously across the European retail sites to ensure the window displays were ready for the 5th November switch-on.
Now illuminated, the display will remain white throughout November, and change to another colour in December.

Lee Harvey, Managing Director of Piggotts said, “Working with retailers to create window displays is always exciting and even more so when it’s Christmas. GAP is a great high street retailer with a long history of developing creative displays that reflect the brand. Over the last few years we have developed a very


Piggotts lights up London this Christmas

Christmas lighting specialist Piggotts has been chosen by Covent Garden Limited to create the Christmas illuminations across the market square and surrounding streets.

The idea behind the project is to create a gateway into the market place, encouraging footfall and to boost the local economy.

Using a combination of six-metre wide light curtains, snow fall tubes and red baubles, the Piggotts team created a continuous stream of white LED light hanging between the streets leading toward Covent Garden market.

Piggotts engineers worked through the night on 24 October to ensure the display was ready for the switch-on event scheduled for Wednesday 6 November.

Covent Garden Limited has also extended its contract with Piggott’s by three years.

Meanwhile, the engineers are working on 29 installations for the Regent Street lights which are this year based on an animated film.

All of the crossings in the project are decorated with branches, which are dressed with a cracker LED light garland with more than 750,000 bulbs.

Lee Harvey, managing director of Piggotts, said: “We have once again been contracted to provide some of the world’s most stunning Christmas light displays.

“As well as Regent Street and Covent Garden, other areas include Bond Street, South Molton Street and Connaught Street. We are also providing schemes as far north as Doncaster and Rotherham through to Swansea and Brighton.”


More than just a crowd pleaser …Chelsea supporters get something to cheer about

Piggotts designed, manufactured and delivered two gigantic sized crowd banners that were shown on Sky One during the Champions League game between Chelsea and Athletico Madrid.

Each banner shows the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Europa League and the Carling Cup trophies and incorporate the Chelsea blue and white colours.

In addition, there is a contract to provide on-going maintenance and support for the provision of flags and banners with Chelsea Football Club, including servicing, repair and the launder of items to support major club fixtures.


Magnum Ice Cream flying high on Regent Street for 25th anniversary with unique Piggotts display

Piggotts, the flags and banners specialists, have created a unique display on Regent Street to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Magnum, the Unilever ice cream brand.

Hot Pickle, the experiential brand specialists, approached Piggotts with the brief to create a display of balloons. Piggotts presented three options; a flag in the shape of a balloon, a fibreglass mould of a balloon and a cold air filled balloon.

Although being the most ambitious, the cold air option was by far the most striking and unique approach. Various prototypes were produced for testing; as nothing on this scale had been attempted on an overhead display in London before. One final full-scale prototype was produced and installed at Unilever’s head office to demonstrate the characteristics and behaviour of the material and design. This also allowed for final adjustments to be made for fixing the balloon to the existing overhead wires, traditionally used for flags.

Logistics and installation were carried out using mobile platforms; no different to what Piggotts are used to in Regent Street. Even with the added components for a continuous power supply to keep the balloons inflated, the balloons were ready a week before the celebration event on Sunday 27th July.

Nicky Rolfe, Magnum Brand Manager said, “The Magnum branded balloons designed by Piggotts, were the pièce de resistance of our Magnum Regent Street activity.

The team at Piggotts worked hard to ensure they reflected the balloons used in our TV advertising with the right premium finish, to ensure consumers linked them back to our overarching campaign, celebrating 25 years of Magnum chocolate & ice cream at its best.”

Lee Harvey, Managing Director of Piggotts said, “We consider ourselves to be an innovative company and this brief really pushed the boundaries of design, prototyping and engineering.

The results are truly amazing, it’s so different from any of the displays we have previously installed in our 55 year history of working in Regent Street and judging by the reaction from the client and the public, it’s certainly delivered on capturing the spirit of the brand.”


Piggotts add a touch of glamour to V Festival

Piggotts were selected by V Festival to provide a range of new VIP toilets at both Chelmsford and Stafford venues for the 2013 festival. In addition, the organisers briefed Piggotts to supply all of the main bar marquee structures for the central catering service at both venues for the weekend event in August.