Case study

Tall Ships


The challenge

In 2017 the prestigious Tall Ships Race came to Sunderland, once the largest shipbuilding town in the world.  Our challenge was to create a world class event at a busy city centre & active port location.

The solution

Curating a programme of more than 200 live acts across four sites, two stages and five days, as well as 53 tall ships and managing crowds of 1.2 million, Sunderland Tall Ships was a true showcase of our skills.

With a relatively short lead time for an event of this scale, the 150 acre site was built within a week, a testament to our experience creating event sites in the challenging areas. The Sunderland dockside is an active steel port and played a central part of the event. To make the area safe, accessible and appealing REM managed relocating tonnes of steel and deep-cleaning the entire port, to transform it into a clean, safe event site.

The result

The Sunderland Tall Ships Race was heralded as a huge success. Our ability to create safe yet enjoyable event sites, in even the most unlikely of locations, allowed 1.2 million to take in the sights and sought of this majestic event.

Further testament to our dedication and expertise, just days after providing this event for the city of Sunderland we moved a huge section of the event infrastructure to Roker beach for the second world class event, the Sunderland Airshow.


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