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Arena Group expands portfolio with acquisition of GLD Productions

February 1st, 2018

Arena Group has expanded its product portfolio with the acquisition of specialist furniture hire business GLD Productions.

The largest UK owned event production supplier, Arena, has bought GLD Productions Ltd with all stock and staff being incorporated into the Group’s Spaceworks Furniture Hire division.

Grahame Muir, CEO Arena Group UK & Europe, said: “Since our 2017 stock market flotation we have been looking to strengthen our offering to clients, which this acquisition certainly will. The addition of new products, a very experienced and talented team will all help deliver the growth we believe is possible within this sector.

“Our ability to continue supporting the live music sector remains a very important cornerstone of this business unit going forward.  We are delighted with this outcome and the opportunity to widen our offering within the live events marketplace.”

GLD’s staff and stock will be located at Arena’s Membury facility, complimenting and bolstering the capability of Spacework’s Furniture Hire within the Group under Managing Director, Chris Piggott. Dave Withey, Arena UK & Europe Sales Director, will assist in the development of GLD’s music and touring business.

Graeme Dixon, GLD Managing Director states:

“We are delighted to join the Arena Group.  To become part of a public company is a validation of the work we have done, providing security of supply for our clients well into the next decade and we look forward to growing our business within the Arena Group umbrella.”

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

December 22nd, 2017

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE DATES 2017:

Please be aware that the Well Dressed Tables & Spaceworks offices will be closed from 5pm 22nd December and will reopen 2nd January 2018.

Emails received during this time may not be checked until our return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well Dressed Tables U.S.A

October 5th, 2017

We’re excited to announce that Arena Americas have recently launched Well Dressed Tables in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an exciting new development for the Arena Group launching Well Dressed Tables within the Arena Americas division. For your next event in the U.S contact the team by clicking here.

#globaleventsdesignedanddelivered

 

Newmarket 2017

October 4th, 2017

Arena Group has secured a new three-year contract to deliver high-end contemporary interior design and complete internal fit out for events at Newmarket Racecourse.

Following a record year working with Jockey Club racecourses, Arena Group have been appointed to oversee the full interior design of Newmarket’s’ temporary infrastructure during its most notable dates in the equestrian calendar including the Qipco Guineas Festival and the Moet & Chandon July Festival.

Arena’s highly-skilled interiors team, will utilise the latest cutting edge design and CAD technology to transform creative client briefs from initial concept drawings and 3D visualisations, to seeing the project through to on site delivery and completion.

From branded areas, ambient decor and VIP hospitality, the team will help Newmarket Racecourse to create luxurious, temporary event environments with a high-end permanent feel. Following a series of recent product investments, sister company Spaceworks Furniture Hire supplied contemporary new event furniture to help create fresh new looks in the sponsor and public spaces. This included the new Grey Winged Armchairs, Hampstead lounge chairs in blue and the Kensington aubergine tub chairs. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newmarket Racecourse’s Regional Head of Operations, Gemma Steve comments: “The Jockey Club has a long standing relationship with Arena, with them advising on, and delivering, state-of-the-art temporary environments. As a venue we are always looking for ways to enhance our offering and improve both the sponsor and spectator experience. With Arena Group and their sister company’s at the forefront of designing hospitality venues, we were keen to utilise their expertise to help us achieve an updated design brief and fresh customer experience.”

Newmarket Racecourse organisers will benefit from a wealth of in-house experience including project management, CAD designers, operations team and event engineers to ensure contemporary event environments enhance the needs of prestigious brand and sponsor identities. This contract now sees Arena UK & Europe add interior fit out to its full list of Jockey Club services, including temporary structures, spectator seating, event scaffolding, furniture and tableware.

146th Open at Royal Birkdale

October 3rd, 2017

Record breaking crowds benefited from the temporary infrastructure at The Open 2017, delivered by four divisions of Arena UK & Europe: Arena Structures, Spaceworks, Well Dressed Tables and Arena RIM Scaffolding between July 19th and 23rd, 2017.

 

The attendance at The 146th Open surpassed the 230,000 mark set at Royal Liverpool in 2006, making it the largest-ever Championship held in England and reflected a 17% increase since The Open last visited Royal Birkdale in 2008. Record advance ticket sales made it the fastest-selling Championship in history and the fans were thrilled by a final day that resulted in Jordan Spieth lifting the coveted Claret Jug.

It wasn’t only the volume of people that tested the 26,000 sqm of on-course facilities provided by Arena Structures, the weather that added teeth to the links course from the players’ perspective ranged from gorgeous sunshine to torrential downpours with thunder and lightning and winds off the sea.

Huge demand for The Open’s official hospitality offering led to all six packages selling out, from our triple deck Patron’s Club which hosted the main brand partners to the Champions Club, running alongside bespoke HSBC and Mastercard structures and the impressive retail outlet housed in Arena’s flagship I-Novation temporary building.

 

At the other end of the installation Arena’s creative fit out teams transformed the temporary structures interiors into a variety of environments to suit the multiple requirements depending on usage and the brand occupying the space. Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables,  supplied expansive ranges of event furniture.

We look forward to the 147th Open taking place at Carnoustie (15th-22nd July 2018).

The Brompton Chair

October 3rd, 2017

This year we have welcomed a vast amount of new products including our Brompton Chair.

The Brompton Chair made it’s first appearance at The Open and is part of our range of Dining Chairs. With it’s wooden frame and ivory seat and back, it looks smart and looks perfect for formal & fine dining, weddings, hospitality events and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In stock and available to hire now! View our full range of dining chairs online now by clicking here.

Wimbledon Championships 2017

July 27th, 2017

Arena UK & Europe returned to Wimbledon supplying the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) with a wide range of temporary event for a thrilling fortnight of Championship tennis, July 3rd to 16th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event infrastructure specialist called upon the expertise of its in-house specialist divisions to supply a range of equipment including tiered seating, hospitality structures, interior design and event furnishings throughout the prestigious grounds. Spectators this year witnessed surprising early exits from Nadal, Murray and Djokovic before a triumphant Federer lifted the Championship trophy for a record 8th time.

Arena Structures provided all 21 temporary hospitality chalets throughout the grounds, 450sqm of player’s premium gymnasium space, commentary boxes, an official’s changing and rest area, autograph tents and merchandise kiosks. New for 2017 were sponsor enhancements alongside the Bank of England entrance ways and constructed a new 525sqm Qualifying Tent and Player’s Gym.

The Arena Seating team was once again entrusted to install 1,065 clearview™ seats, offering fans optimum views of the outside tennis action on Court 12. An additional 2,063 tip-up seats were installed throughout the sporting venue, including a tiered grandstand at the top of the famous Henman Hill. The team also installed a viewing platform and additional staircase up into Centre Court.

 

Arena UK & Europe’s sister event furnishings divisions Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables supplied 33,311 items to the hospitality areas throughout the venue, including 29,837 items of cutlery and crockery in addition to 3,474 items of contemporary furniture.

 

 

Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Festival

July 27th, 2017

Arena UK & Europe, part of Arena Group, enjoys a longstanding relationship with the event organisers of Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Festival, providing a wealth of event infrastructure across the prestigious site on the banks of the River Thames.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arena Structures, Arena Seating, Well Dressed Tables and Spaceworks all supported the 34th Henley Festival which saw headliners Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan, Jess Glynne, All Saints and Mel C play to thousands of fans over the course of five evenings.

Arena Seating  provided a total of 4,617 seats across the high-end contemporary arts and music festival, with 2,816 flat tip-up seats installed in front of the main ‘Floating Stage’. A further 2,419 seats provided unrivalled views of the on-stage action from a tiered covered grandstand, which included 14 removable seats for wheelchair users.

Arena Structures constructed 65 temporary structures at Henley this year for both the Regatta and Festival, including a double decker Boatman Tent which was complete with a spectator balcony.

A total of 13,810sqm of temporary structures were installed throughout the two Henley events, which welcomed a combined total of a third of a million guests, including a double deck press tent, Bridge Bar and Bridge Bar extension, a Champagne bar, Fawley Grandstand and Regatta Enclosure, a police tent, Rowing Museum and lunchtime ticket sales area.

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables, supplied the fine-dining Riverside Restaurant and St James Restaurant, the latter restaurant new for 2017, supporting the event caterers with a range of crockery, cutlery and glassware.

 

 

 

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!