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Aintree Grand National 2019

Arena was once again selected as structures and furniture supplier for another major race meeting hosted by The Jockey Club, The Grand National at Aintree from 4 to 6 April 2019.

Having worked closely with The Jockey Club for more than 35 years, Arena has provided a variety of structures, seating and furniture for the various events; Epsom Derby, Newmarket and The Festival at Cheltenham – so they are no strangers to the race day run of events and their exacting requirements.

As well as supplying and building the temporary structures for the three-day event, Arena has delivered temporary grandstands, staircases, viewing platforms and a range of furniture for the hospitality suites, food and beverage outlets, the parade ring, behind the scenes areas for owners and jockeys, and perhaps the most highly regarded section of all, the Queen Mother Stand.

The prestigious event attracts thousands of racegoers each year for racing, music, food, and entertainment, with millions more across the globe tuning in from home, so the pressure is always on for suppliers to get it right.

Chris Morris, recently appointed CEO for Arena UK & Europe, said: “The seating, structures, and furniture were delivered safely and on schedule which is crucial for such a long-running event with the Grand National entering its 172nd staging at Aintree this year.

“A key client benefit of working with Arena is having multiple event elements delivered and installed by one company, and with over 1,000 items of furniture alone, it demonstrates the sheer scale and magnitude of this event. Teams working on site who get along and work well together can be the difference between a successful event and a complete disaster. Our clients are in safe hands with Arena, we have years of experience working on complex events across multiple product and service offerings and always deliver the Arena Standard unequivocally.”

The Patron’s Lunch 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

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

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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.

 

 

Top Safety Accreditation for Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables

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.

 

 

 

Brand New Brochure!

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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.