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NEC Birmingham's Fabric Façade Installation

02 November 2018 / by Base Structures UK Ltd (author) / Bristol
 (photo: Base Structures UK)
/ (photo: Base Structures UK)

As part of an exciting £4.5 million transformation of Birmingham’s NEC, Base Structures has installed a stunning fabric façade to the exterior of Halls 1 and 5.


Designed by architects Acivico, the 6,860sq.m of printed fabric panels and backlit pyramids create a striking visual effect, giving the NEC a futuristic new look for its 7 million annual visitors. Base Structures also supplied and installed a programmable colour wash backlighting feature with an infinite colour range, adding to the immersive effect.


The installation took 10 weeks on site, with the creative process from design and conception through to fabric and steel manufacture and installation lasting 5 months in total. Collaborating with a large team and working with a challenging 4,452 metres of steel, the stunning results were achieved within a tight programme of work. With a fixed deadline of 24th August, careful planning and good supply chain management was essential and ensured the team finished a week ahead of schedule.


Mark Smith, Director at Base Structures, said:

“It was a pleasure for Base Structures to be part of such a transformative project for a big name in the UK events industry, and to work for such a professional client whose proactive approach went a long way to ensuring its success.

We enjoy creative spectacular large-scale fabric structures, and of course particularly when we can successfully navigate often complex challenges and tight deadlines. Being a part of this refurbishment means we hope to see our work being enjoyed by the NEC’s millions of visitors for years to come!”

Kristin Davidson, Head of Purchasing at The NEC, said:

“The feedback I have received from everyone who has worked with you and your team has been incredibly positive. From my point of view it has been a real pleasure to work with such a professional team”. 





Base Structures UK Ltd


Base Structures UK Ltd

Base Structures UK Ltd are leading contractors for bespoke tensile architecture, fabric canopies, netting, mesh and cable structures, as well as diverse rigging projects. Their unmatched national and international expertise also enables them to provide specialist design and build services to the creative industries. Prominent work includes the ground-breaking roof walk over London's iconic O2 arena, the Moundstand Canopy at Lords Cricket Ground and working with Zaha Hadid Architects on the Manchester International Festival and Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum. Discover more at www.basestructures.com

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