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Orion's Reflections on the Waterfront event first for Liverpool's Pier Head

Delegates from around the UK descended on the Pier Head for the first ever-private event to be held on the recently regenerated waterfront plazza. 
A giant glass-sided marquee appeared directly in front of the world famous Liver Building for a truly memorable evening entitled, ‘Reflections on the Waterfront’. The creative event, which took eight months of planning, was staged as part of the annual Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) conference being held at the ACC Liverpool and was the brainchild of North West event and party specialists Karl Dolan and Charlotte Winby of Orion working in close collaboration with the ACT. 

The temporary pop-up pavilion took over a week to construct and measured an enormous 1700 square meters.

Creative Director Karl said: "I am delighted to say that the event we designed and delivered was a success. So many of the guests commented on the fantastic location in front of the Three Graces and on the scale of the luxurious marquee that we created for their important social event.

“The food by Paul Askew and his team from the London Carriage Works at Hope Street Hotel was outstanding as were the many extra-special touches we delivered across the night - from the wall of fire as guests arrived, to the wall of water within the marquee, and my own personal favourite the vintage ice cream van complete with tonibell chimes which appeared as if from nowhere once the party was in full swing. The success of this evening clearly demonstrates what a superb venue the Pier Head is for corporate and conference hospitality.”

Pauline Coulter, the ACT’s Commercial Director, commented: "The party Orion developed with us for the gala evening, which is the social highlight of the conference, was a big departure from the formal sit down dinner we have had up until now. I am delighted with the results. Delegates started the evening with a sunlit walk from the ACC to the marquee and on arrival were treated to a stylish and contemporary evening in a stunning setting with split-level VIP lounges, waterfall curtains, aerialists and live music. It was a great night to remember.”

Orion now hope that the event’s overall hospitality model could further help Liverpool and the Convention Bureau market itself by attracting larger conferences that require large-scale hospitality. 

Creative Director Charlotte added: “At Orion, we look forward to taking this world class concept forward and hope that it will fast become another tool in the Liverpool conference tool kit. We are keen to play a part in attracting the very best global conferences to the city, where delegates can dine and dance on the banks of the historic Mersey in the shadow of the iconic Liver Birds."

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