With recently announced figures suggesting the sport of Triathlon is at the height of its popularity, the Arena Group was contracted to design and install the event infrastructure for the World Triathlon Grand Final, London, 11th-15th September 2013.
Following a competitive tender process, Arena Group’s significant experience in providing temporary infrastructure at high profile sporting events, saw them charged with creating the vision of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) by emulating the memorable spectator experience of the London Olympic Games.
Hosted in London’s Hyde Park, the 2013 PruHealth World Triathlon Series Grand Final used an identical course and venue as in the Games last year, as 5,000 athletes from 86 countries competed for World championship titles across the five day event.
Led by project manager Rebecca Owen, Arena Group designed and installed an extensive temporary overlay consisting of 20 structures across the site, ranging in size from the smaller peaked roof Milano marquees to the Group’s flagship curved-roof Arcus structure complete with 55m roof branding.
This included the athletes’ services area, athletes’ village, exhibition and retail areas, media centre, ITU and London Olympic Committee offices, a VIP complex with integrated viewing platform and spectator seating grandstand.
With the recent announcement by the ITU of record television broadcasting figures for the first quarter of the 2013 World Triathlon Series, Arena Structures installed media facilities and bespoke platforms for television cameras, as the eagerly anticipated Men’s Final event was broadcast live on the BBC.
Arena Seating created a spectator grandstand on the edge of the finish line, which required a bespoke installation of 86 flagpoles to fly national flags from each country, spanning the length of the VIP structure, grandstand seating and disabled viewing platforms.
Arena Seating’s project manager Tony Sainsbury led the team as they installed 1,200 Clearview tiered seats that gave unparalleled views of the action, from the athletes’ initial entry into the water at the start of the race, to the closest final seconds of the sprint finish, just metres away.
Arena Group’s client Simon Dunnell, production manager, Dunnell Projects said: “Given the vast amount of structures and the range of different sizes across the entire site, it was very important for me to have the minutia in place before work began on site.
“I found Arena Group’s attention to detail in this respect was outstanding. From the accurate drawings I received in the early planning process, to their close collaboration with me to ensure any changes were configured promptly, in order to achieve the smoothest possible installation.
“The flexibility of the crew and their quality of workmanship on site was fantastic. The best thing about the build was that they just got on with it and given the density of the site, it was remarkable how they kept it so clean and tidy.”
Rebecca Owen, project manager, Arena Structures said: “It has been an honour to be involved with the World Triathlon Final in line with the ITU’s ambition to build on the legacy of the Olympic Games. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Simon, who has been so well organised from start to finish.”