THROUGH THE YEARS
A BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS SPECIAL
THE BADMINTON BUILD
FROM DANN CATERING TO DANCO
We look forward to Badminton Horse Trials each year but this year it's extra special, as they commemorate the event's 70th year since it was first held in 1949!
Danco Plc are proud to have been the main contractor at the world-famous equine event for over 35 years; providing temporary structures of all shapes and sizes for corporate hospitality, event organisers, press & media, sponsors area, retail village, trade stands & more.
We're pleased to announce the news of our contract renewal as main tentage supplier for the event; continuing our long-standing relationship with the event organisers.
In addition to being the main contractor of temporary structures, Danco is also responsible for organising and contracting the on-site mobile catering units. This year, 80 units, supplied by 36 caterers, are serving a range of food & drink including British, Mexican, vegetarian, crepes, smoothies, coffees, bars & more. The mobile catering units cover 13 different areas across the event site, including 4 main food courts and 7 locations around the Cross-Country course.
BADMINTON IS BACK!
FROM DANN CATERING TO DANCO
In the early 80s Danco increased their stock to include aluminium framed structures and the company’s first aluminium frame was erected at Badminton Horse Trials. The clearspan structure was the first of what is now the mainstay of the business. Almost 40 years on aluminium frames can be found across the Badminton event site and at event sites across the UK. As Badminton Horse Trials has continued to evolve throughout the years, so has Danco’s relationship with the event. Danco has provided multiple structures for Badminton year on year and is proud of being the events main tentage contractor!
Back in the 70s before becoming established as a leading marquee supplier, the Dann's were public caterers and served food & drink at Badminton Horse Trials for over 10 years. The company first purchased a small number of tents to service Dann Catering before the marquee side of the business took off and Danco was formed in 1975.
As the business and stock expanded, Danco supplied more tents to the Badminton Estate with marquees being used across the entire event site. Whilst Danco continued to grow, Dann Catering was sold off in the late 80s with the sole focus of becoming the UK’s leading supplier of temporary structures.
The event is spread across 1,200 acres and made up of over 100 temporary structures. With such a big site, where do you start?
There are 138 structures plus runs of trade stands which make up 174 shops; so yes, it’s one of the bigger sites we work at! We start by meeting with the site manager to discuss any changes from the previous year before we begin marking out the trade stands. We then move on to the members enclosure, which is closely followed by trailers arriving on site with the ring beam for the floors.
"Danco are reliable to work with, have a good team of people and deliver on time. When the conditions are wet, they take care to look after the ground as much as possible and leave the site afterwards in a tidy and clean state. I highly recommend Danco as contractors."
Jane Tuckwell, Assistant Director, Badminton Horse Trials
And finally, we know you enjoy a day of eventing (you’ve been spotted on site sporting a dashing tweed jacket, a staple for any seasoned Badminton attendee!) What do you enjoy most about the event?
I’m not sure about the event itself, but Badminton is my favourite job each year. I enjoy the first day back and each time feel like I’m back home.
I like knowing and seeing that everything is up and ready for the first day of the event and that everyone is happy. Seeing the job through from the start to completion is really rewarding and makes all the hours on site with the team (no matter the weather) worth it!
THE BADMINTON BUILD - q&A with foreman dan
What’s been your favourite Danco Hospitality tent throughout the years?
2013 was probably my favourite year, with its raised floor and wall effect on the front exterior. Chinese hats were used to create a garden area with dining set up in a large clearspan marquee behind the garden.
We sat down with Senior Foreman Dan Pearce to find out how he and his team manage the busy build on the Badminton Estate.
What’s the most challenging part of the build for you and your team?
The weather! Wet weather means we’re unable to drive on the grass, which makes moving equipment around the site extremely tricky. Not only does the weather have implications on time schedules and the completion of structures, we must also be extra careful to ensure we keep the equipment clean. Keeping such a big site tidy can also be a tough challenge.
You’ve been with Danco for years now. How long have you been working at Badminton and what’s been the biggest change you’ve seen over the years?
I’ve been with Danco for 17 years, starting as a casual worker in September 2002 before becoming a full time Marquee Erector in March 2003. In October 2003 I became a Chargehand and assisted the Foreman of Badminton from 2003 – 2006. I then worked as a joint Foreman for 4 years, before becoming the Lead Foreman of the job in 2012 and have been ever since.
I think the biggest change would be the development of structures, especially down by the lake with the number of hospitality chalets they now have. Over the years, a lot of structures have also changed from PVC sides to solid sides. There’s also a noticeable difference in the event’s popularity with more people attending each year.
DANCO HOSPITALITY THROUGH THE YEARS
OFFICIAL SUPPLIER FOR BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS
Each year Danco welcomes clients and guests to enjoy a day of hospitality in a VIP pavilion. For over 20 years we've been hosting clients & here are some of our highlights...
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