Stretch tents made their mark in South Africa when they burst onto the local events scene in the early 2 000’s. Also known as Bedouin tents and Flextents, it was only in 2007 that they found their way to the United Kingdom. Fast-forward seven years ahead to 2014, this article looks at the evolution of stretch tents in the UK events industry.
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Intent Productions, under the guidance of the charismatic South African Carl Louw, was first to introduce stretch tents into the United Kingdom. Today they are the leading stretch tent company and brand in the UK, along with Tentickle Stretch Tents. Their professionalism and Carl’s hands-on approach has been the cornerstone of their success.
They gained an early and practical understanding of the needs of this new market. Its often wet and cold conditions are only one of the challenges we faced in the development phase, having to evolve our product to meet these demands. In many cases it is required that the structure be heated for events, and for this purpose many tent suppliers offer ‘Integrated Tent Accessories’.
What are Integrated Tent Accessories?Integrated Tent Accessories comprise of the following:
The same systems are also applied during hot conditions to make air-conditioning effective.
Following the success of Intent Productions, a booming market has evolved with stretch tents firmly entrenched in the UK events scene. Traditional event planners, tent hire companies and wedding and festival organisers have embraced stretch tents. Their beauty, versatility and flexible rigging configurations make it possible for events to take place in spaces that were never possible, or even thought of before. In the cold winter months stretch tents are ideal for pubs and restaurants to temporarily cover outside areas to maximise their trading potential.
As a stretch tent manufacturer that complies with international safety regulations, we recommend that our tent rental partners, too, follow the minimum safety guidelines when erecting and dismantling a temporary stretch tent structure.
The commitment to safety is especially important when taking into account that some stretch tent manufacturers, like Tentickle Stretch Tents, supply tents to various countries around the world and operate under their own unique health and safety executives.
Who is this guide for?
Prior to an event, the stretch tent contractor needs to define the respective areas of (health and safety) responsibilities between him or her and the event organiser or venue owner. This aspect is normally standard throughout the industry and set out in the contract between the contractor and event organiser.
It is the contractors’ sales staff’s responsibility to make the client aware of his or her responsibilities.
The erection of a temporary structure is ultimately put to the test in the case of fire or adverse weather conditions. Procedures need to be in place to safeguard event-goers and staff if a fire were to break out, or if wind speeds were to unexpectedly increase.
Which brings us to the first part of this guide: Inspections.
Part 1: Inspections
The first part of this guide explains how to do a thorough inspection before and after setup.
The inspection process
1. Examination of the stretch tent components
Fundamental to stretch tent safety is ensuring that the tent itself and all rigging components are maintained on an ongoing basis and are in good working condition. The stretch tent rental industry is seasonal of nature, and, as such, the off-season is used for inspecting, repairing and refurbishing equipment.
Special attention should be paid to the components that are critical to the structure of the stretch tents. It is also advised that records be kept of such inspections and of any repairs or maintenance carried out to critical components.
2. Checklist inspection upon completed assembly
This inspection should be conducted by the head rigger.
3. Inspection before handover to the client
Before the erection is signed off and handed over to the client, it should undergo a thorough inspection.
Once done, a report can be issued that will incorporate a checklist carried out by the head rigger.
The head rigger, who acts in a supervisory capacity, should have training in or be thoroughly familiar with the particular structure type and size.
Part 2: Stability
Stretch tent structures should be able to completely close when they’re not in use, also when extreme weather conditions are expected. Raising and lowering the sides of a stretch tent is something that can only be carried out by the contractor. If the sides are raised then the contractor must have the required systems in place to continuously assess wind conditions at the site and must take preventative action to lower the sides if necessary.
Part 3: Client Communication
The stretch tent contractor should make the client aware of the following factors when considering a site and using a stretch tent structure.
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Whether you are planning a wedding reception, family reunion or a corporate event, it is essential to have the right supplies and equipment to make sure that everyone attending the festivities has a great time. There are various suppliers who can provide everything you could ever need for your party.
TABLE & CHAIRS
No event is complete without tables and chairs. Some party rental companies have a wide range of table and chair rentals on hand to meet the aesthetic and capacity needs of your party. From elegant choices for your intimate wedding to economical options for your corporate event, it’s all out there!
From pole tents that will shield your attendees from any possible bad weather to freestanding tents that provide an area for guests to eat and mingle, we have got it all. Knowledgeable event specialists will help you determine the right event tents for your needs and ensure that it is delivered and properly set up in advance of your event.
LED FURNITURE RENTALS
LED furniture rentals provide the perfect decorative element for dance floors, dining halls, lounge area, bars, and pools. Not only do LED furniture rentals create the right atmosphere, but they are also functional. Some party rental companies have a wide selection of LED furniture and decor elements including bars, tables, cubes, and floating globes.
PIPE AND DRAPES
Pipe and drape rentals are an inexpensive way to add excitement to an event while also organizing certain areas. They can be used for a variety of different events and special occasions including weddings and corporate events.
The right type of lighting can completely transform an event. String lights and other lighting fixtures can create a warm and intimate atmosphere that comes alive at night. If you are planning a wedding, consider getting a wedding tent with lights like chandeliers for an elegant look or mason jars for a rustic feel.
Nothing gets a party started like music and a dance floor. Spice your event up and add some flare with our black and white, marble and wood dance floor rental options.
PARTY TENT RENTALS
Tentickle Stretch Tents is an international rental company, providing clients with a wide range of event tents for hire. Their team is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service when it comes to party stretch tent rentals. They know how important your event is not only to you but also to your guests and that is why they go out of their way to make sure you are getting superior party rental products.
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Winter has arrived in full force, and for many, this is the time of year to get out into the crisp air. Hosting outdoor events in winter, whether they be for birthdays, weddings, social or corporate functions can be a memorable and magical affair if you adequately prepare for the cold; but when you don’t, what could have been a pleasant day outdoors, could turn into a miserably cold and uncomfortable one. So to help you prepare properly for your next outdoor event, here are some tips for doing it in the winter time, that will ensure that your event is enjoyed by all, even those who don’t deal well with the cold.
You are going to need to make provisions for people to keep warm. Sure, your guests will likely show up in garb befitting of an outdoor winter event, but their attire will only do so much to keep them comfortable. To make the most out of a winter event, set up some sources of heat close to where people are expected to gather. Large gas heaters, or even better, bonfires are always a welcome addition to winter events.
This is particularly important if your event is happening in the morning or evenings. The cold brings dew, and dew might look pretty, but it makes for a fairly uncomfortable and often messy event. Sourcing adequate ground cover where there will be lots of people, or where equipment is being used or food is being served, is an important consideration for you to make.
Timing is Everything
Late morning to early evening will be the best times for you to host an outdoor event in winter since those are the hours that get the most sun. If you’re lucky, the midday sun might even make things pleasant for your guests. Hosting outdoor winter events in the night-time can make things a little more challenging when keeping your guests comfortable.
The Sun is Still There
If you are hosting an event during the day, you still need to protect yourself and your guests from the harmful rays of the sun. Because of this, it is worth your while to invest in marquee hire or a stretch tent that covers a large area. That way your guests will have some respite from the midday sun; which is just as dangerous for people in the winter time as it is in the summer.
Contact Stretch Tents for DetailsTo find out more about hiring a marquee for an event, contact Tentickle International - they are excellent and has tent distributors across the globe.
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A very important element of stretch tent hire and safety is design and rigging. When followed, the tips and best practices set out below will ensure a successful event.
The sturdiness of a stretch tent’s design is proven either by use over time or by the calculation of a qualified structural engineer. With more complex structures (multiple tents joined together), designs may need to be independently checked by the engineer. As a minimum requirement, such calculations will typically include the maximum wind loading for which the structure is approved and the maximum imposed load permissible. These safety requirements apply to all stretch tent sizes.
Common stretch tent rigging mistakes
As a tent supplier to the international stretch tent market, Tentickle International has years of safety experience – a critical component of the service offering. Industry newcomers often tend to make the same rigging mistakes, so it should be a priority to check a rig’s safety as often as possible.
The main focus of such an assessment is rigging techniques. When a physical site inspection is not possible, send pictures of the setup to an experienced stretch tent hire company for advice and to ensure it is structurally safe and aesthetically correct.
Stretch tent rigging mistakes include:
Pegging and anchoring techniques
Correctly angled 3m poles with pegs 3m away.
Pegs lifting out the surface
Insufficient tension in the tent
Pole positioning and angling
Centre pole with staggered lengths.
Central poles falling over
Insufficient tension in the tent
Insufficient safety straps
Tent under correct tension.
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The Bedouin-inspired look of tents has ensured that they have a truly unique and memorable look to them. They literally have helped to banish the boxy special events marquees of the past and are available in almost any shape, size or color that you can think of.
One of the first things that anyone notices is the wide selection of different sized stretch structures that is out there. This is because Tentickle Ireland stretch tents are easy to join together to create a covered space of unlimited size. All these tented spaces are waterproof, fire retardant and immune to almost all types of weather the elements can throw at it.
All of stretch tent structures can be custom-branded to bring your product or company branding to life. This will help raise the awareness of what it is you offer, but it will also allow you to do it with style and comfort, showing confidence in your company.
All are able to be used on a variety of different ground types, be it a flat field, a terraced garden, a steep hillside or even inside an existing permanent structure. Furthermore, the look of the tent can be altered at a whim as there is the option to leave the sides up to let in more light and fresh air in summer, or to keep the sides down in winter for a warmer atmosphere.
Not only do stretch tents look the part, but they are also made from some of the most advanced tent fabric in the world. They are 100% waterproof, UV resistant and include fire retardant features to ensure you and your guest’s comfort and safety at all time.
Stretch tent hire is affordable, luxurious and most of all stylish unlike any other and above all they are the perfect event cover option!
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Premium PVC coated stretch fabric is designed for outdoor stretch tents. Neucoat is the developer and designer of this unique product with the following properties:
The PVC formulation to achieve the following attributes:
This product is the next generation in fabric for stretch tents, its benefits over the laminated 2 ply and 3 ply products are as follows:
Customising:The stretch tent fabric, like those used by Tentickle Stretch Tents, is customisable in one or more of the following ways:
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Looking to throw a classy, elegant outdoor event but unsure of what shelter to use? Look no further than modern stretch tents!
Throwing an outdoor event can prove to be tricky do to the many variables that have to be considered. Certain variables are out of your control, such as the weather. The weather can change at any moment and could be the breaking point to what would have been a marvellous occasion outdoors. This is why using some form of a shelter is a necessary requirement for any outdoor event.
Tentickle International recommends the use of a stretch tent in many types of outdoor occasions, this style of tent is very different to traditional cover options such as marquees. Aside from looking absolutely elegant, here are a few more reasons as to why you should utilise a stretch tent for your next outdoor event!
Stretch tents offer great flexibility, a single stretch tent can be positioned in a variety of different configurations make it an ideal fit for just about anywhere.
Traditional pole marquee tents generally consist of a roof canopy, supported by tall centre poles and tensioned on the side lines that are secured by stakes that are driven into the ground. When using a stretch tent, these constraints found in the traditional marquee tents are not found. A stretch tent is essentially a “free form” fabric structure that has been erected through tension. The stretch tent itself is a single square piece or rectangular piece of specialised fabric. The fabric is set up and then manipulated into the desired position through the use of various lengths of pushing poles. These poles are pushed into the fabric and then secured in place to give of the desired pattern. Once the tent has been deconstructed, the square or rectangular piece of specialised fabric returns to its original state (size). This basically means that a single tent can be rigged into multiple configurations depending on the venue, this effectively means that a stretch tent is the most versatile tent option available!
Stretch tents can be erected off and around existing structures within a venue. Unlike traditional marquee tents which are independent structures, a stretch tent can literally be attached to any existing venue and used an extension. These stretch tents are also able to be erected as a fully concealed venue to protect against harmful weather conditions, or erected with either one or two sides up, allowing open access and viewing to the venue.
Stretch tents offer comfort, these tents are made from a specialised waterproof stretch tent fabric that is also highly breathable and sound absorbing when compared to the traditional PVC materials used to construct marquee covers. The more breathable material means a less stuffy and less noisy venue, especially in summer months.
Another great feature of these tents is that they generally pack down to a relatively small size and a pile of articulated poles. The poles generally also breakdown to 2m and 1.5m lengths. When comparing the storage and transportation of a stretch tent to a traditional marquee, the stretch tent is a winner yet again. Stretch tents can easily be transported on the back of a small utility van or small truck.
A traditional marquee requires an entire team to assemble it, a stretch tent however requires very little man power to assemble. An experienced individual will be able to comfortably rig a 50 square metre tent on his own if really necessary. Larger stretch tents require no more than a team of 5 to assemble.
Another winning feature of a stretch tent is the setup time involved when erecting one of them. The actual setup time at large events are usually around 6- 7 hours whilst dismantling is completed in a mere 2 hours!
Stretch tents also come in a vast range of colours and like sizes are able to be linked together they are also available in many sizes as compared to traditional marquees which are generally manufactured in set sizes.
Having a private party at home used to exclusive to those with larger properties, however with stretch tents, the party has been spread to anyone and anywhere, from a small garden to a simple courtyard, any area can be transformed into a party venue.
The atmosphere beneath a stretch tent is electric! Perhaps the biggest deciding factor between a traditional tent and a stretch tents would be the vibe and atmosphere experienced beneath them.
Gone are boring white interiors draped in fabric and flowers. Stretch Tents hold a different kind of romance. The atmosphere beneath these tents is spectacular. The gentle curves of the fabric create an impressive interior that requires little or no dressing. During the day, the light is soft and inviting. At night, the addition of lights or graphic light shows bounced off the fabric brings everything to life.
So when you are out hunting stretch tents for sale, look no further than Tentickle International Stretch Tents.
Article source: https://www.empiretents.co.za/event-planning-tips/ideas-why-you-should-use-a-stretch-tent/
Here are some reasons why marquee hire might be the right option for you:
If space is an issue – whether that is because you do not have much space, or you need more space than your chosen venue can provide – then hiring a marquee can solve this problem. A experienced supplier can give you different options, tailoring the size of our marquees to your numbers of guests and any other of your requirements. This might include areas for chilling out and relaxing as well as areas for dancing and eating.
A marquee can be a blank canvas for you to create the most magnificent event with your style stamped all over it. Tentickle International marquees are just the start of you creating your personal event that will be remembered for a long time to come.
As the day draws to an end, and with the stars shining down, you and your guests can celebrate into the night. Will you and you guests gather around a fire pit or dance the night away?
Hiring a marquee from Tentickle is for your event and not just for the day. Why not enjoy breakfast on the morning after the night before in the marquee with your guests?.
Whatever your event is, Tentickle will have you covered with unique and great looking structures.
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I like to imagine that at some point in arranging any function, at least one person will suggest moving out of a traditional bricks and mortar structure and into a marquee. The reasons for this are many and varied.
From a practical perspective, perhaps your guest list has ballooned and your chosen venue can no longer accommodate your party. Maybe you're discovering that most run-of-the-mill function rooms have the same decor, layout and lack of personality, and you're wanting something more unique. Or, as I discovered when hunting for my own wedding venue, sometimes you simply stumble upon a place of extreme natural beauty and realise that sitting indoors a hundred metres away would never be good enough.
In my experience, when discussing the move to a tented event, the same three issues are always raised:
First: The weather.
Let's be honest, no one wants a rainy wedding day, no matter what type of roof you're under. It wrecks your photos, spoils your views and sometimes it means a rather damp party. What helps is to remember that in bad weather any roof could spring a leak. Stretch tents, Ireland’s in particular, are made of a high quality, 3-ply laminated fabric, with a waterproof layer sandwiched in the middle. While we cannot guarantee that the odd drip won't occur in bad weather, we're pretty confident that you're not going to be rained out. And we'll be watching the weather forecasts in the days running up to your event so we can ensure that we give you maximum shelter from any pesky winds too.
Next: The hassle.
You know how Aunt Millie likes to tell you you're making extra work for yourself by going outdoors? Well, tell her stretch tents for events in Ireland are set up before your event and taken down after - you don’t have to do a thing! This gives you and your planners plenty of time to set up tables, chairs, dance floors and serving areas, and to dress them up just how you want them. Pretty much the same process as in a fixed venue. Where's the hassle in that?
Last: The cost.
A traditional venue has fixed costs per guest. You're generally expected to hire out the entire venue including any accommodation they have even if you're not making use of every element. Don't need a chill lounge or a second bar area? Too bad, you've got to pay for them anyway. A marquee means you only hire the space you need. If you're using the grounds of a restaurant or hotel, you might be expected to pay a venue charge, but often this fee is waived if you agree to use their catering and bar facilities. Sounds like a win-win situation to us.
Quick tip: If you would like more information on stretch tents, Ireland’s best - Tentickle International Stretch Tents - is where you should be looking.
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