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Cheltenham Festival 2017

March 28th, 2017

Arena Group once again supplied event infrastructure to the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, which attracted around 250,000 visitors, March 14-17, 2017.

 

The Jockey Club’s world-renowned race meeting saw five Arena UK and Europe companies work in tandem to deliver over 20,000 sqm of VIP level facilities overlooking the racecourse, including the World’s longest temporary triple deck structure.

Arena Group UK & Europe CEO Grahame Muir states:

“In the first year of our new three year multi-venue Jockey Club contract, we were keener than ever to deliver an even higher level of finish than last year. I am incredibly proud of what our teams delivered and it was pleasing to see all divisions having a part of play.

“Significant investment was made into even more of our cantilevered balconies, providing unencumbered views and increasing valuable hospitality floor space. Additionally a new staircase design was introduced.”

Arena RIM Scaffolding were first on site, with project coordinator Darren Simpson bringing their event engineering expertise to install the all important sub-structures, which involved more than 400 tonnes of scaffolding material, and create level, solid foundations across the undulating course for the Structures team to build on.

Arena Structures Ben Sly project managed the 13 week installation of 20,000sqm of temporary event environments. Over 190 linear metres of triple decked private suites and exclusive restaurants are provided for Jockeyclub clients and guests.

The structures incorporated kitchen, bathroom and rear access facilities on all levels, along with Tote betting booths, phone charge points and cash machines.

Arena’s bespoke Moet & Chandon Champagne covered bar and mezzanine was a constantly popular facility throughout the Festival.

Spaceworks provided 5,000 dining chairs and 500 banqueting tables, set up throughout Arena’s facility. In addition, Well Dressed Tables provided 10,000 covers including crockery, cutlery and glassware across all hospitality areas on the site.

Arena Seating provided its award winning Clearview seating product along with terracing within the Guinness stand, providing fantastic views across the finishing line.

 

 

 

Happy New Year

January 4th, 2017

Here’s to the new year.

Wishing you a successful 2017, we look forward to working with you again!

Christmas Opening Hours

December 23rd, 2016

Spaceworks Furniture Hire and Well Dressed Tables will close from Midday Friday 23rd December for the festive season and will re-open again on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Arena Group Saddles Up With The Jockey Club

October 20th, 2016

Arena Group has secured a new three-year contract with The Jockey Club, to supply temporary event infrastructure to a number of the UK’s most esteemed racecourses, October 2016.

Building on a relationship dating back over 26 years with The Jockey Club, Arena Group has been awarded a three year contract to supply Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket racecourses with temporary structures, interior design , furniture and tableware, spectator seating and scaffolding to the most notable dates in the equestrian calendar.

Ian Sidgwick, Group Purchasing Director, The Jockey Club, said: “Arena Group has worked closely with Jockey Club Racecourses over several years, advising on and delivering temporary environments.  They support us in continuously raising the bar with new ideas to get the best value from our budgets, with flexibility to change their infrastructure to best suit our needs. I’m confident they will continue to help us exceed the hospitality expectations of both our brand sponsors and event guests alike.”

The contract provides additional scope and  comes after a record year including Arena Structures installing the largest triple deck hospitality temporary structure in the world totalling 125m long and spanning 12,400sqm, along the home straight at The Festival – Jump Racing’s equivalent of the Olympics, staged at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Arena Group also proved pivotal in supporting The Jockey Club’s transformation of this year’s Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, with the installation of more than 7,750sqm of temporary structures complete with bespoke interior fit out, and more than 5,000 tiered grandstand seats offering prime visibility for the revered racing. Arena Group will be the exclusive provider at this event.

Grahame Muir, CEO Arena UK & Europe commented: “We are delighted to announce the further extension of our already excellent relationship with Jockey Club racecourses over the next three years. At Arena Group we pride ourselves with delivering temporary infrastructure of the highest standard to the most prestigious sporting venues and events in the UK, and this contract win is testament to the value, forward-thinking innovation and expertise we bring to clients. We look forward to further pushing the boundaries of customer experience with improved facilities, technology and bespoke design.”

 

A Timeless Classic

July 25th, 2016

Well Dressed Tables have recently invested in a timeless classic, Old English EPSS Cutlery by Arthur Price of England, the most desirable cutlery brand in the UK.

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The Old English range of cutlery is from Arthur Price’s premium collection. Traditional skills are used alongside new technology to ensure manufacturing excellence. Each piece is electroplated with pure silver to a high specification giving a beautiful radiance. Each piece is very carefully crafted from Electric Plated Stainless Steel at Arthur Price’s factory in Sheffield. It’s quality and design are second to none.

The Old English Cutlery is a timeless classic that oozes elegance and tradition but will never look out of place. Old English is now in stock and available to hire by clicking here.

 

 

 

The Patron’s Lunch 2016

June 13th, 2016

Well Dressed Tables was proud to be a supplier to The patron’s Lunch providing furniture. The Patron’s Lunch is the climax to a national weekend of celebrations, recognising Her Majesty The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on occasion of her 90th birthday. The Patron’s Lunch took place on Sunday 12th June 2016 and saw The Mall, London, transformed for its largest-ever street party with over 10,000 guests enjoying a hamper style lunch.

 

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BMW PGA Championships 2016

June 12th, 2016

Building on its successful, longstanding relationship with the PGA, Arena Group & Spaceworks Furniture Hire was again entrusted to match the headline sponsors’ prestigious reputation with a high quality finish of the event structures and seating at the Wentworth Club for the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championships, 26-29th May. 

 

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Arena Structures project manager Mark Porter and his team installed 10,000sqm of varied event structures, suited to a range of uses from exhibition and retail outlets to the 2,100sqm hospitality double deck structure linked to the clearview™ grandstand on the 18th green. The crew worked alongside TRO agency to install a 1,125sqm BMW Driver’s Lounge, a luxurious Player’s Reception, and a Moet & Chandon Bar & Brasserie, all enhancing the spectator experience through the creation of state of the art temporary facilities with stunning interior designs. Additional structures around the grounds included a Welcome Pavilion, media centre, BMW village and Player crèches, toilets, merchandise shops and a giant scoreboard.

Arena Seating installed 3,432 tiered seats at four locations around the course, as Dave Withey, Arena UK & Europe sales and marketing director explains:

“Arena Seating’s ex-Olympic clearview™ seating system provided spectator comfort coupled with unrivalled views of the European Tour competition from every angle. The 2,652 capacity grandstand at the rear of the 18th green included 148 upholstered VIP seats, with a bridge connected to the hospitality double decker. Elsewhere around the Wentworth course, we installed 240 clearview™ seats and a viewing platform on the 14th green, 171 seats on the 16th green and a further 369 tiered seats on the 1st Tee.

“We worked closely with the organisers to ensure commentary boxes, player’s tunnels and viewing platforms were also constructed and finished to the highest standards and aligned with BMW’s brand aspirations.”

Spaceworks Furniture Hire provided nearly 5,000 pieces of furniture installed into 80 different locations across the Wentworth site. Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables managing director Chris Piggott explains: “We work closely with organisers to ensure that our furniture works in harmony with the hospitality interior designs. It is testament to our team and the quality of delivery from Arena Group and Spaceworks that we return year on year to supply such an integral date in the golfing calendar.”

The BMW PGA Championships saw Britain’s Chris Wood scoop his third European Tour title, moving into the Official World Golf ranking’s top 25.

 

Aintree’s Crabbie’s Grand National 2016

April 18th, 2016

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Arena Group was pivotal in supporting The Jockey Club’s transformation of the World-famous Aintree Racecourse for the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National with temporary event seating and structures. David Mullins trained Rule the World won everyone’s hearts and the £1million prize money when The Grand National became the nine year olds first steeplechase victory.Carl Pastor, The Jockey Club’s operations director, states:

“I view Arena as a partner, rather than a contractor: they are pro-active in suggesting ideas and helping us overcome problems, always in tune with our own brand values. The introduction of new features such as the Arena Deck viewing area in front of The Chair Pavilion and the double decker Owners and Trainers hospitality facility this year were great examples of the fantastic advances in the experience we were able to offer our guests.”

Arena Group’s Aintree installation came hot on the heels of a record breaking installation at Cheltenham Festival for The Jockey Club, extending improvements in the facilities at both courses.

Arena Structures installed 7,750 sqm of temporary structures to create diverse event venues with bespoke interior designs and fit out to compliment the permanent venues. The Jockey Club’s double decker Amberleigh House benefitted from an interior make-over with a range of high quality hospitality suites, while a new curved roof double decker increased the Owners and Trainers Pavilion capacity and was a great success, with guests over-looking the parade ring. Other facilities included the stylish Moet & Chandon Champagne pavilion, a welcoming sight to the public as they arrived.

Arena Seating installed the West Tip Grandstand, with 2,750 capacity clearview™ tiered seats under a curved roof, offering great views over the home straight with protection from the weather. The Chair Pavilion, situated to the right of the West Tip Grandstand, offered a further 1,206 clearview™ seats alongside a new Arena Deck hospitality platform. A further 1,512 clearview™ seats were installed to create an Embankment/Steeplechase viewing facility to watch the horses come over the Melling Road, alongside a new temporary access staircase.

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables were also entrusted to supply a wide range of furniture and crockery across the racecourses’ hospitality venues.  Products supplied include chairs from the Tolix range, Samsonite black folding chairs and Saturn Cocktail tables.

 

 

Easter Opening Hours

March 22nd, 2016

Please note our offices will be closed from 6pm Thursday 24th March and will re-open at 8am on Tuesday 29th March. We wish you all a wonderful Easter break.

 

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Cheltenham Festival 2016

March 22nd, 2016

The Cheltenham Festival has grown to attract 250,000 visitors to the four day highlight of the jump racing calendar, with £4.1 million prize money contested across 28 races culminating in the Gold Cup. Arena Group supported Cheltenham Racecourse, a Jockey Club Racecourse, with the expansion of facilities to accommodate the increase in hospitality tickets.

 

The 125m long triple decker was the largest ever installed alongside the home-straight, including the 55m Arcus Long Run facility with cantilever balcony. This venue hosted hosting a range of bespoke private suites along with Silks and Chez Rous restaurants, for clients and guests of The Jockey Club, Needham and Needham’s, Keith Prowse, Front Runners. The structure incorporated full kitchen, bathroom and rear access facilities on all levels, along with Tote betting booths, phone charge points and cash machines.

The new two storey Guinness Pavilion combined a public bar with a VIP hospitality area overlooking the famous Guinness village, which incorporated a 756 capacity tiered clearview™ seating grandstand in the upper level to give great views over the finish line. Also facing the course on the ground level was an exclusive VIP hospitality sponsors’ suite for Betway, complete with Arena Deck viewing platform and tiered standings.

 

Spaceworks, Arena Group’s furniture hire specialists, provided a wide range of furniture across 22 areas of the Cheltenham Festival site, including The Jockey Club Chalet, Final Fence Restaurant and the Chez Roux Boxes. The array of furniture supplied from the company’s extensive inventory, included Bravo dining tables, white Olympus chairs and Chesterfield sofas.