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Houses of Parliament use Custom Covers for refurbishment of terrace marquees

Custom Covers have now completed the refurbishment of the terrace marquees at the Houses of Parliament.

Houses of Parliament terrace close up House of Commons interior


The existing covers and linings on both marquees with a central smoking awning had been in place for 10 to 15 years and were in a bad state of repair. We were delighted to be awarded the contract to replace all the covers and linings during this year’s summer recess.

 The work was part of the general refurbishment of terrace structures. Working within a tight deadline the order placed in late July had a completion date of the 6th of September.

There were three structures which had to be refurbished: all non-standard structures designed and built for the site. The existing old PVC covers had to be cut out of the frame. One structure in green and white stripe for the House of Commons was broken down in to a bar, kitchen, restaurant and entrance hall. One intermediate awning was for a smoking area with special flat linings and finally one structure in red and white stripe for the House of Lords: comprised kitchen, restaurant and entrance hall.

Custom Covers redesigned and replaced 1500 square metres of PVC covers and redesigned manufactured and fit internal linings to all structures. The linings were designed to allow for annual refurbishment and maintenance access.  All linings were made using Custom Covers’ own CQ supreme cloth.

Simon Bell technical director commented: “Luckily we had finished the House of Commons structure before parliament was recalled to debate the Syrian question”.

House of Commons cover close up
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