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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.”
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.”