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Shell Scheme Stand Regulations & Information (Designer Row Exhibitors)

Surface Design Show 2024

Shell Scheme Stand Regulations & Information

A shell scheme/ traditional walling stand is one that the Organiser’s will arrange for the Business Design Centre to build on your behalf.  Shell Scheme/ traditional walling stands will be ready for interior decoration and deliver of products at midday on Monday 5 February. What they include depends on which option to booked.

The different options at the Surface Design Show are below. Please ensure you download and follow the correct specification for the stand you booked. You can find your stand type on your contract. If you are still unsure of which Specification is relevant to you, please email the organiser’s via, who will be able to confirm.

Additional items such as shelves, storage areas or worktops can be ordered from BDC:

BDC, Venue Services Coordinator
Olivia Soldano
T: +44 (0)20 288 6487
Click here for the online web shop


If you have booked a Designer Row stand package, please download the Specification below:


Electrical Contractor

BDC, Venue Services Coordinator
Olivia Soldano
T: +44 (0)20 288 6487
Click here for the online webshop

BDC are responsible for and will carry out all electrical work on stands within the exhibition halls.

Please check on your stand type specification if any power is included within your package. If not or you wish to order additional power, please place your orders using the Online Ordering System which includes a price list for specific items. Orders must be made by Thursday 25 January.  Other prices can be provided if required.  The price for fittings covers the hire, power requirements, maintenance during the open period and removal at the close of the exhibition.

If you have any questions about the exact electrical requirements for your stand, please contact the electrical contractor using the details above who will be happy to advise you. 

If machinery or working equipment is to be operated, please inform the electrical contractor, including the electrical requirements and ratings; this applies particularly where high fluctuating currents are involved. Electrical supplies (three- and single-phase) will be assessed on the information provided.  The contractor will then be responsible for ordering the required mains from the venue.  The installation of these supplies will be subject to a connection charge.

The standard supplies of electrical current available are:
Single-phase alternating at 240 volts, 50 Hz
Three-phase alternating at 415 volts, 50Hz

Basic Guidelines For Socket Sizes and Usage

Listed below are examples of "typical" loadings for items plugged in to socket outlets:

500 watt sockets computers, TV’s, video’s, spotlights to 500W, refrigerators
1000 watt sockets domestic filter coffee machines, lighting up to 1000W
2000 watt sockets kettles**, machinery up to 2000W
3000 watt sockets

hired coffee machines, machinery 2000W to 3000W

Note ** kettles and refrigeration / freezer requirements vary between 200 and 2000 watts.  Please check with the supplier or check the reference tag or plate on the machine.

If you have any questions about the exact electrical requirements for your stand, please contact the electrical contractor using the details above who will be happy to advise you. 

Deadline Date

Orders must be received by Thursday 25 January so that the necessary mains can be ordered from the venue in sufficient time for them to be laid in the hall before general construction commences.  Orders received after the deadline will incur a 20% surcharge.  

NB: Exhibitors who contract into the show after Thursday 25 January will be exempt from the surcharge if orders are made prior to arriving onsite.

Enquiry Desk

During the build-up period, an enquiry desk to assist you with any electrical problems will be located outside the Organisers’ Office (under the staircase). The desk will be manned from 0800-1800 hours daily.

Supply Timetable

Electricity will be energised to stands as quickly as possible during the build-up period, subject to satisfactory inspection and testing of installations.  Occasionally delays may occur because adjoining stands are not complete and ready for inspection.

Power to stands during the open period will be switched off each evening 30 minutes after the show closes.


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