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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.

 

 

 

Arena Group Takes Centre Stage at The Brit Awards

March 21st, 2016

Arena Group provided extensive temporary structures, tableware and furniture for this year’s star-studded BRIT Awards in association with MasterCard, which took place at London’s O2 on the 24th February.

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The 2016 ceremony marked the 36th edition of The BRIT Awards, one of the music industry’s most prestigious events, and witnessed performances from Adele, Coldplay, James Bay and Jess Glynne. Arena Structures was called upon to supply a variety of temporary structures including the dining structure which is then transformed into the after party area , catering area and production offices. Arena Structures installed two 5m x 15m tents and one 3m x 15m tent to create a horseshoe shaped kitchen and catering area, which was positioned outside of the O2 dome.

Two 10m x 20m tents were also supplied by Arena Structures to create the main production office and the BRITS TV office, which included an Ogle Hog live video editing suite. The VIP and sponsors dining/afterparty area was created using a 40m x 35m TFS, which was constructed inside the O2 dome, to create a venue within a venue.

Arena Group’s Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables division supplied a total of 2,600 covers of crockery, cutlery, glassware and furniture within the main arena and the VIP marquee.

Dan Bluff Arena Structures project manager, commented: “We work with the O2 on a number of different events, including the ATP World Tour, which means we’re familiar with the space available and the working practices within the venue. This allowed us to successfully construct a number of temporary structures within the venue, including a temporary VIP

party area, which enabled organisers to host pre and post celebrations on-site. We’re delighted to be able to build on our longstanding relationship with The BRITS and to once again be involved with this brilliant event.”

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables managing director, Christopher Piggott, commented: “The BRITS is always such a spectacular show to be part of and we’re proud to have once again been involved. We supplied a range of our tableware and furniture to ensure the main arena and VIP marquee were dressed seamlessly to reflect the glamour and the elegance of this event.”

Top Safety Accreditation for Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables

February 9th, 2016

Spaceworks Furniture Hire and Well Dressed Tables has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Employing over 60 people, Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables is principally involved in the major events industry.  Specialising in the hospitality and major events industries, most recent clients have included major players such as The Admirable Crichton, Table Talk & Blue Strawberry, The Recipe, Lawn Tennis Association, IMG, British Racing Drivers Club, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Aintree.

The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Christopher Piggott, managing director said:We’re proud to be recognised as one of the growing number of businesses in our industry that take health and safety very seriously. We take great measures to ensure all of the relevant procedures are adhered to in order to keep our staff safe.”

Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Spaceworks & Well Dressed Tables has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

 

 

 

Happy New Year

January 8th, 2016

Happy new year to all of our customers. Our offices are back open again and we’re excited for a busy 2016.

 

Have you spotted our new trucks out on the roads yet?

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Christmas Opening Hours

December 17th, 2015

Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks Furniture Hire will close from Midday Thursday 24th December for the festive season and will re-open again on Monday 4th January 2016.

 

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Brand New Brochure!

August 17th, 2015

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Well Dressed Tables has launched a brand new full comprehensive brochure which you can download below. This follows our refreshed Spaceworks & Well Dressed Tables branding and updated design of our websites a little over a year ago. This reflects our continuous commitment to improve our services and to make it easier for you to find our ever expanding product ranges.

Further to our refreshed look and brand new brochure, our focus remains on offering you the best in event furniture, tableware and catering equipment. Please spare a few minutes to take a look through the new catalogue and at the improved websites incorporating our online ordering system designed to make it quicker and easier to place your order.

Having been a part of Arena Group for seven years, this new look brochure is also in-line with a wider parent company brand up-date. The additional financial stability we benefit by being part of Arena Group has enabled us to expand our product ranges which with thanks to an ambitious investment strategy over 2015 will be updated significantly throughout the year – so keep coming back to the websites and the new brochure to see how we can support you in delivering great looking events.

We hope our new brochure and websites help to inspire new, exciting ideas for your event and of course, if you can’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll endeavour to find the right thing for you. Click the brochure above to download your copy.

The New Boardroom Look

July 20th, 2015

 

Spaceworks has recently created some bespoke made tables with stainless steel frames and solid tops available in a choice of colours, sizes and styles.

A new look for the boardroom, from u-shape to straight, to wide, all are a functional choice and can be mixed and match with our unbeatable choice of seating options.

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Well Dressed Tables goes Modular

July 20th, 2015

Spaceworks Furniture Hire has launched a new range of modular soft furnishings. The Atlanta is now in and available to hire.

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Shape the sofas and chairs to create a U-shape, a corner group or simply keep it straight! Mix and match with our variety of coffee table options!