When France Came to Town – Powering the BBR Festival

The Situation

BBR Festival (BBR means Bleu Blanc Rouge like the colours of the French flag) was born in 2013 in Sydney to celebrate French National Day also called “Bastille Day” and the French Culture in the Capital City.

BBR Festival takes over Sydney iconic location of Circular Quay Foreshore to bring Sydneysiders a unique and entirely free annual gathering around French Culture.

In 2016, the 4th edition of the Festival ran for 4 days, kicking off on Bastille Day, Thursday 14th of July 2016.

3 villages will be setup on 3 different locations all along Circular Quay Foreshore from Philip Street to Pitt street.

BBR organisers approached Active Air Rentals to provide temporary power and distribution to the 3 villages and 70+ stall holders for the 4 day event. (credit www.bbrfestival.com.au)

The Challenge

The expected foot traffic was over 350,000 for the duration of the event, so safety was paramount in running cables from the power source to the various stall holders.

With over 70 stall holders across 3 villages located in different areas, AMP, Customs House and Gateway Plaza, meant the biggest challenge for supplying power was working out how we would run cables without crossing roads and whilst working around Pitt Street, taxi ranks and buses.

Each stall had their own unique power requirements, some would need to run fridges, cooking equipment, lights, eftpos machines etc, requiring up to 12 power outlets at each stall.

The Solution

Working with BBR organisers to plan a power distribution solution that used a combination of both mains and generatorpower. We commissioned two of our generators to supplement mains power for the festival.

We were able to run the lights, eftpos and refrigeration for stall holders off mains power, with everything else, namely, cooling and warming equipment ran off our generators power.

We were able to map the location of temporary power and distribution boards in a plan that allowed us to avoid running any power across streets.

We installed hundreds of cable covers over cable runs from strategically placed distribution boards ensuring the safety of visitors across the three sites.

Our power generation and distribution solution ran smoothly across the 56 opening hours of the festival, providing over 70 stall holders with power to meet their requirements.

The festival was a great success, it was like France had come to visit, and we can’t wait for next year.

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