Northampton firm awarded Chelsea Flower Show work

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A Northampton company specialising in temporary structures for events has been awarded a three-year deal to work on the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Neptunus in Cob Drive, Swan Valley, has been commissioned to supply the show with 1,950 square metres of temporary space.

The firm has also been awarded a further three-year contract for structures at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Caroline Hills, head of shows preparations at The Royal Horticultural Society, said: “I am delighted to be working with Neptunus at The Chelsea Flower Show.

“Neptunus has given us exceptional service at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show over the years and it is a natural move to bring their expertise, attention to detail and quality of finish to Chelsea.”

The Chelsea Flower Show is attended by 165,000 visitors each year in the grounds of the Royal Hosptial Chelsea and is opened by the Royal family.

The event, which includes modern, inventive gardens, new plants, show gardens, vertical allotments, new products, food courts and restaurants, will take place from May 21 to 25.

This year will see the 100th year of the show and Neptunus will provide structures for the Hospitality Village, operated by Fortnum & Mason and DO & CO. The space will consist of two glazed front Alure Globe structures with shade canopies and decking walkways and more structures for an entrance area, garden bar and kitchens.

Neptunus was established over 75 years ago in The Netherlands and constructed a purpose-built office, storage and distribution facility in Northampton in 2012 to support the growth of its business in the UK.

The firm provide additional space for the Allium Restaurant, picnic structures and press facilities at the Hampton Court Flower Show again this year. It will also provide structures for the Champagne & Seafood Restaurant and Palace Tea Rooms for the first time.

Managing director of the Northampton Neptunus site, April Trasler, said: “It’s great to be involved, particularly this year as it’s the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show.

“For us to be awarded the contract to supply these structures is fantastic. We are really looking forward to extending our working relationship with the Royal Horticultural Society.”

She added: “It’s different to what we do for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show because the elements which we are working on for the Chelsea Flower Show are not the same.

“The main area we are focusing on is the hospitality and at the Chelsea Flower Show there is a very high profile hospitality offering.

“It is very sought after because 
of the limited space and the limited numbers who can be catered 
for there. Everything has to be 
top quality. It will be a nice challenge.”