18 October 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Huddersfield's Access North Structures has been awarded a three-year contract to oversee continuing maintenance of Welsh music venue Llangollen Pavilion.
Access North Structures will supervise the meticulous assembly and disassembly of the 1,000 square-metre tensile fabric auditorium extension until 2020.
The structure is supported by 12 steel struts that extend from the main pavilion, and it takes about two weeks to build the vast 10m-high arena annexe, using primarily rope access techniques.
In addition, Access North Structures will undertake annual maintenance of the permanent tensile fabric roof. This entails a full visual inspection and cleaning of the canopy and providing Denbighshire County Council with a comprehensive condition report.
Ahead of the winter weather, hundreds of different component parts have been systematically labelled and packed away for storage until the 2019 festival.
The latest maintenance contract follows a successful one-off project for the same venue in 2017.
The Yorkshire-based tensile fabric specialist carried out inspection, maintenance and installation work on the temporary extension of the world-famous setting. Four new fire doors were also designed, fabricated and installed to increase capacity.
As the disassembly of the extension and all maintenance work has now concluded for 2018, Access North Structures will oversee the build and takedown of the canopy for the next two years, as well as any repairs to the fabric and supporting structures before and after the annual event.
The Welsh town of Llangollen plays host to a cultural festival each summer.
About 4,000 performers and up to 50,000 visitors converge within its international pavilion for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - a significant milestone on the global choral calendar.