2000 TO 2009 – NEW TRADE STANDS, TEMPORARY STABLES & GRANDSTANDS

The Tumultuous 2000’s

The Millennium arrived with a bang and, once people realised the world was not going to end and that their PCs could handle the date change, people celebrated the end of the 20th and the promise of the 21st century!
The 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease caused great sadness and hardship across the farming community shutting down the countryside and preventing the transport of livestock and horses within the UK and to shows and events. The agricultural show season was decimated with less than 50% going ahead from late July. Like many other contractors, these were hard times for Woodhouse with our staff on 3 day working weeks and we are continually grateful for the extended loyalty shown to us by our clients throughout these difficult times. It was a long and hard year for everyone in our industry but we made it through and we used the time to re-evaluate our working practices, IT systems and to focus on the future design and shape of the Woodhouse business and its hire products.
New in 2000 woodhouse Quicktrack ground protection
New in 2001 Quickstables -safe and kick through proof
2002 was the last year for 12 tread timber grandstand at Burghley Horse Trials

2002 saw the introduction of our new recycled plastic temporary stables to the equestrian events industry. Our Quicktrack hdpe experience drove us to test its use in our stables. After many trials, we developed the twin walled hdpe panel design used to manufacture our 21st century Quickstable – a revolutionary 3x3m stable with over-height 2.3m partitions which is risk free without a nail or timber splinter to be found – a true innovation in horse safety.  Many other tectonic shifts were in motion for Woodhouse and by 2003-04 the Trade Stand demand had transitioned totally to our modern, high quality Clearspan and away from our trustworthy Green & White Timber Shedding. We retired the last of our Traditional 7 Tier Timber Grandstands in 2005 and also traded in our existing aluminium seating for 60 bays of the most modern 8-tier Matrix Covered Aluminium Structure Grandstands which went into service in 2006 to great acclaim. The UK show and event sector thrived during these years especially with the expansion of hospitality at sporting events and across the live music and festivals sector.

In 2004 we added the Multi-floor mezzanine floor to our product range and for 3 years we installed it in St Georges dock for the Dublin Theatre Festival and elsewhere to support temporary supermarkets during refurbishment. In January 2006 we opened our new Cotgrave depot and offices where we installed a modern joinery, fabrication shop and textile workshop to maintain and manufacture our hire product range. We were accelerating our investment programme concentrating on robust, innovative, high quality, proprietary, temporary structures designed by our own event specialists using feedback from our clients and competitors alike.
Multifloor deck installed for 2004 Dublin Theatre Festival Georges Basin
New 7 tread Matrix grandstand at CLA Game Fair 2006
Trade Stands at Great Yorkshire Show 2007

Over the years, our Woodhouse event specialists were attentive to our clients’ requirements and their desire for covered temporary stabling where competitors, grooms and horses are sheltered from the rain in our erratic UK weather. In 2007 we focused on the American Stable Barn as the guiding concept to our design to create a premium hire product. The ultimate design, seen at many of the major equestrian events today is a demountable structure with a curved Clearspan roof that is integral to the temporary stables enabling installation on all types of ground. It’s designed to give good natural ventilation, it has a central gangway that is 4m wide giving a large working space and allowing access to supply and safety vehicles and providing a dry and comfortable environment in which grooms and competitors can work and, the ‘pièce de résistance’, the 12sqm, nail and splinter free stables where the horses can relax as if they were at home.  In 2008 these Barn Stables were taken straight from the Woodhouse manufacturing floor and installed at RIHS Hickstead (with brown coloured partitions, hence the Hickstead Range name) in scorching 28deg C temperatures. Our hopes and fears were vindicated by the very positive groom, competitor, client and delegate feedback – the Woodhouse team of event specialists had pooled their knowledge and experience to create a worthwhile successor to our original 1933 temporary timber stable and we had got it right!

American style temporary Barn Stables introduced at 2008 RIHS Hickstead.
Barn Stables a great success at Alltech European Championships 2009
Alltech European Championships Windsor 2009 Trade Stands.

With the Woodhouse Barn Stables now in use our next challenge was to increase the hire stock to meet growing demand and the requirements of the 2009 Alltech European Championships at Windsor. Not an easy feat due to the ongoing global financial crisis and shortage of bank lending to SMEs but we made it to the magic 224 units. The barn stables were a great success and we believe this event set the standards for the London 2012 Olympics stable design specification.

  • L H Woodhouse was a pleasure to work with and generally, I think your installation went really well.

    You managed to comply with all of our requirements and maintained the programme throughout. It was evident to us that you had not worked on a strict CDM site before but it did not take long for you to respond and work in a safe manner at the speed the programme required. Your product appeared well received and well-constructed and we wish you success in your future ventures. Thanks from all the team at ISG.

    London Olympics

    David Fisher, Venue Delivery Project Manager ISG Principal Contractor

  • On behalf of the show, I write to express my very sincere thanks to Marcin and his team, and also to Adie, for the efforts put in on the lead up to, during and after the show.

    I do recognise that the contractors are mainly unseen, but play such an important part of a successful show.

    Devon County Show 2016

    Ollie Allen, Show Secretary

  • On behalf of the Organising Committee, I’d like to thank you for the great job Woodhouse has done for the FEI Alltech WEG 2014 in Normandy.

    I really appreciated the commitment of your teams that have shown high professionalism in the way they’ve managed the stabling facilities. I hope that we’ll have the opportunity to work together again soon.

    FEI Alltech WEG Normandie 2014

    Hélène Tottoli-Desante, Overlay Manager

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