4 ways Stadium Support Services are driving innovation within facilities management

4 ways Stadium Support Services are driving innovation within facilities management

2022 has been an exciting year for Stadium Support Services. We have collaborated with some of the UK’s most progressive and innovative partners on concept projects, installations, and builds that are truly pioneering in our sector.

From stadiums to museums, and exhibition centres to student accommodation, we’ve been busy! Below is a snapshot of some of the exciting projects we’ve carried out this past quarter that we think you’ll find interesting…

1. New home team dressing room unveiled at QPR Stadium

Room for change at QPR, following appointment of Michael Beale as the club’s new head coach.

Commissioned to deliver a complete refurbishment and a fresh new look for the home team dressing room at Loftus Road Stadium, Stadium Support Services rose to the challenge. Briefed on the importance of completing the works ahead of the first home fixture, time was of the essence with only two weeks until kick-off.

Stripping back and opening out the rooms for better use of space was the primary goal. The semi-enclosed cubicle seating was removed, instantly transforming the space into an open and inclusive environment. Each wall was meticulously renovated, and the entire space was redecorated. Additional wider bench seating and bespoke cushions were also installed for player comfort. Blue AstroTurf was fitted on the floor, bringing a contemporary feel as well as a nod to the team colour within its walls. The result? A fresh, bright, open-plan changing room with modern touches throughout.

Delighted with the results, the customer, QPR, further engaged Stadium Support Services to continue the refurbishment through the player tunnel and into the dugout. Following the hugely successful installation, Stadium Support Service was commissioned to return during the world cup international break to install a bespoke QPR crest within the Astroturf.

“We are delighted with the work carried out by stadium Support Services. At certain times within football, time is of the essence, and it is difficult to find contractors that can not only deliver within these timeframes but also meet the quality and standards that are expected of Clubs with Premier League aspirations. However, Stadium Support Services exceeded these expectations, and we look forward to working with them on future projects.”

Joshua Scott

Head of Operations, QPR

As stadium specialists, we fully understand the importance of delivering projects on time within a live venue.

2. 100+ water-saving units installed at the second tallest student accommodation building in the world.

Successful installation of Dual Flush Water saving devices installed by Stadium Support Services results in impressive 70% saving of water consumption.

Stadium Support Services commissioned to install 105 toilets at flagship student accommodation site, reducing water consumption and environmental impact on national water supplies.

Additional pipework upgrades were implemented to support the new water-saving dual flush systems.  Individual isolators were installed, updating the water supply system within the building with cost and time-saving benefits. Providing better control of water flow to fittings, the new isolators allowed any further maintenance to be carried out quickly and easily.

Gaining access to the student rooms without disruption, formed a crucial and complex objective. Each unit was installed quickly and efficiently, ensuring each student bathroom was completed and in full working order on the same day. With a challenging target date of three weeks for end-to-end installation, the project was completed successfully, and ahead of time. An impressive two-week turnaround allowed the students to quickly adapt to their new, more sustainable living quarters.

105 rooms upgraded

14 Tonnes CO2e Saved

536,550 litres of water saved

3. Stadium Support Services resume FIA2022 contract, following four-year Covid hiatus.

Stadium Support Services appointed to lead cleaning operations for FIA2022, within the 770-acre site, following 2018 contract success.

Resuming the cleaning contract for the highly anticipated Farnborough Airshow 2022, Stadium Support Services once again deployed multiple expert teams to provide critical cleaning services throughout the event (18-22nd July).

Working alongside newly appointed waste contractor R. Collards, Stadium Support Services, advised and shared site knowledge from previous shows, resulting in the provision of outstanding service on behalf of the client, Farnborough International Limited (FIL).

Flexible teams of highly skilled cleaners worked around the clock during the build, live, and breakdown phases of the show. Minimising disruption to guests and reducing the risk of trip hazards, Stadium Support Services championed Cordless Technology, to facilitate successful operations throughout the day. With approx 70,000m2 of exhibition space to deep clean every night, larger industrial cordless machines were brought in for the out-of-hours crew.

Litter-picking teams played a vital role in delivering a clean site throughout the five days of the airshow. The proximity to Farnborough airport meant FOD (Foreign Object Debris) was a primary concern for its runways. Safety standards were continuously monitored by Stadium Support Services ensuring all runways were kept clear.

Investors in people, Stadium Support Services are committed to empowering staff with extensive training and development of teams.  A critical element within fast-paced and large-scale events, staff support, and motivation play a key role in providing customer service that exceeds expectations.

Farnborough International Airshow is a globally attended exhibition, with 2022 seeing more than 75,000 people walk through our doors. Leading the way in large-scale exhibitions and events, Farnborough International prides itself on working with expert, like-minded suppliers and partners to ensure a high-level experience at all areas of our 500,000sqm show site. As always, it has been brilliant to work with Stadium Support Services to deliver our extensive cleaning operation.”

Chris Dillon,

Head of Venue Operations, Farnborough International

Stadium Support Services received exemplary feedback from suppliers, fellow contractors, site management, and importantly, the customer. Congratulations to all teams that contributed to the hugely successful execution of services for FIA2022.

Stadium Support Services have multi-disciplined specialist cleaning teams ready to deploy at scale for exhibitions, stadiums, and many more.

4,000 bin bags litter-picked

70,000 SQM of exhibition space cleaned

100+ staff per day

75,000 Visitors

4. Scaling new heights at The Science Museum

Stadium Support Services contracted to install new ventilation system for launch of Technicians Exhibition.

One of the most popular and busy museums in the capital, The Science Museum opens its doors in November to a new interactive experience within the David Sainsbury gallery. Created in partnership with Marvel Studios, the NHS, National Grid, and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Technicians Exhibition provides an immersive experience that enables visitors to mimic the tasks technicians perform daily.

As part of their commitment to the protection of exhibits and enriching customer experience, CBRE (on behalf of The Science Museum) commissioned Stadium Support Services to undertake the enabling works for the installation of a brand new, ventilation system. With enhanced airflow and additional temperature control capabilities, the new system upgrade ensures the continued preservation of over 30,000 artifacts, spread over seven floors.

A complex process, the installation meant that an existing 6m high, 4th-floor window, must be replaced with a louver vent system via an external access. The location rendered scaffolding prohibitive and would not meet the required timescales. A glass roof directly below the primary installation area, ruled out mechanical access, leaving the only viable entry possible via Rope Access.

A temporary access system was rigged up by our specialist IRATA technicians, allowing them to abseil over the roof of the museum. This gave immediate and safe entry to the windows that were being removed.  Internally, a platform was built to remove the glazing and frame from within the building, while the external team ensured nothing fell outwards.  Once removed, the internal team passed the new louvers through the newly created void space, allowing the abseil team to secure from the outside. The tall window was safely removed, and the louvers were installed in just two days. 

When the complexities of the window removal and louver installation project became clear, I knew I needed to appoint a contractor with the vision to think outside the box. Once again Stadium Support Services, met the challenge, installing the louvers in good time and with the attention to detail and safety we expect of all our contractors

David James,

Contracts Manager, CBRE

Rope Access can provide a fast, safe approach to working at height and is often more cost effective than utilising Mobile Elevated Work Platforms.

These are just a few examples of how Stadium Support Services are supporting customers, with many more exciting projects scheduled as we approach the final quarter in 2022. Get in touch if we can help you with a project at your venue via info@StadiumSupportServices.co.uk

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