0131 335 3685 (24 Hours) enquiries@purvis-marquees.co.uk


We continue to work with many local authorities bringing the knowledge and safety mindset to easily manage any event for local authorities.

Our Management Team are highly experienced when it comes to guiding you through all of the complexities of a city centre event, confidently supporting you through every stage.

If you are an event manager or brand that is involved in either all aspects of a city centre event or possibly only a small part, we can help. Festivals, fashion shows, drinks events, farmers markets, bars, the list is endless and we have delivered most. Organising a complex site in a city centre can be a minefield; with years of experience and working with most local authorities around Scotland we are well placed to support your event. We thrive on the pressures these types of events can bring and with our attention to detail and meticulous planning processes, we make it feel easy.

Our event documentation has been created to cover every possible requirement that a council would need from you.

The support we provide is not restricted to marquees for your event, we frequently attend council event meetings to help implement all the site and event safety procedures that will be expected including build and delivery schedules, site specific Health and Safety documents, access and transport plans, waste, water and power.

With our many connections in the industry, we are able to organise everything you could possibly need making sure you can relax and watch it all happen. Distance is not an issue, we will travel anywhere throughout Scotland and the UK.

You will always have an experienced manager on site coordinating your event infrastructure who also helps out with the site crews. We stand by our friendly and efficient service and are known for our problem solving approach to local authority projects.


Our clients include:

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The BBC's Antiques Roadshow
The Ingliston Revival Car Show
Ryder Cup Gleneagles Scotland 2014
Pagodas at The House of Holyrood Palace
A 30M Clearspan marquee for University Graduation ceremony
Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyrood House


POLICE AUTHORITY – Mock Terrorist Attack


The Police Authority planned a joint counter-terrorism exercise to enhance cross border co-operation in the fight against terror.


Purvis Marquees were asked to provide event structures and ensure that the simulation would be as realistic as possible for everyone involved in the exercise.


A small marquee was installed in the grounds of the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters and set up to simulate the public attending an event. The marquee was adapted with the effect that a truck had been driven through the side of the marquee with many serious casualties.


A highly realistic terrorist attack on an event which allowed counter-terrorism officers and emergency services to practice working together under pressure and to manage the situation with many assumed casulties.

The SPA aims to increase public trust and confidence in the policing of Scotland in the way it carries out its functions and through the quality of its governance arrangements.  The SPA’s Governance Framework sets out the values which we aim to follow in the public interest:

• fairness – acting in an independent way with integrity and free from bias, real or perceived;
• openness – acting in an open and transparent way, promoting and sharing good practice;
• accountability – being fully accountable for decisions it makes, the performance of its functions and how it uses public funds.


The Police Authority planned a joint counter-terrorism exercise to enhance cross border co-operation in the fight against terror, named Exercise Border Reiver.

With a heightened threat level of a terrorist attack and the vulnerability of an event scenario the police authority needed to carry out a realistic exercise that would allow police and emergency agencies to cooperate in responding to an attack in the UK.

Purvis Marquees were asked to provide and adapt event structures in the ground of the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters to simulate a realistic attack on an event.

A small event structure was erected and then partially ‘demolished’ to look like a truck had been driven through the side and into guests attending the event. Torn roof sheets, walls and broken furniture all added to the realism. Other small pagoda marquees were erected as stands at an event.

The exercise was extremely realistic with police actors firing blank automatic rounds (as terrorists) and smoke grenades being set off by responding armed police. Members of the public were drafted in to act as casualties with some horrific injuries. The terrorists were eventually holed up in one of the bank buildings where they were cleared room by room.

Purvis Marquee supported the exercise and were very proud to play a part of something so important to the safety and security of the UK.


Large scale exercises like this one take many months of planning and have many interconnected moving parts. The use of appropriate buildings and venues, properly dressed, helps to bring reality to players and provide an environment into which they can become immersed. Your support over a number of days building and ‘demolishing’ the marquees you provided brought an unusual dimension to exercise play.

I also understand that your flexibility assisted greatly in enabling us to provide the platform we did to test issues of UK national importance. On top of which you made no charge to us which displays extraordinary public-spirited engagement and your part.

Again, on behalf of my team, thank you to you and your team for the exceptional support you provided.

Yours sincerely

Assistant Chief Constable

Purvis Marquee Hire Ltd

4b East Mains, Ingliston Road
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, EH28 8NB

Freephone - 0800 026 8451
0131 335 3685
(24 Hour - Emergency Contact)

Purvis Marquee Hire Ltd

4b East Mains, Ingliston Road
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, EH28 8NB

Freephone - 0800 026 8451
0131 335 3685

(24 Hour - Emergency Contact)


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