The Arena Group supplied its new Clearview demountable seating and the media management structures in front of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 2nd – 5th June 2012.

Arena’s groundbreaking new Clearview grandstand system made its London debut at the stunning Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Audiences of 12,500 per day enjoyed the comfort and excellent sight-lines from the temporary grandstands looking over the Palace and Diamond Jubilee concert stage built around the Queen Victoria Memorial. The grandstands incorporated the prestigious royal box with luxurious upholstered seating for The Queen and VIP guests.

Arena Seating and Structures sales director Dave Withey comments:

“Our clients at RWP created an incredible event that will live forever in the memories of everyone present. This was a showcase for the British events industry and it was a pleasure working with this A-list production cast on such a prestigious event. The sensitive location meant our project team of around 60 people, managed by Martin Clark and Robert Green, applied decades of experience and expertise during the installation, ever-attentive to the environment, working to precise plans and to a strict time-line to deliver the grandstand.”

With the enormous interest of the world’s media focused on London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, the management of the international media was undertaken by EC Harris, working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which contracted Arena to manage all event overlay for the media compound.

David Moynes project manager says:

“This was a once in a lifetime event, which attracted over 1,000 media accredited to work in the area across the weekend. The BBC was the host broadcaster for the concert, with sizeable presence from ITN and SKY. Arena’s responsibilities extended to all elements of the media compound, ranging from ground protection trackway to drinking water and toilet cabins to building all of the temporary media structures. Ken Andrews was on site throughout the project managing vehicle movements and logistics for the media teams across the busy weekend.”

The Arena Group supplied extensive scaffold platforms to raise media studios and broadcast camera positions above the rear of the two Clearview seating grandstands using a new scaffolding system. One was a 90m curve by 9m wide with heights up to 15.5m, then flanking the royal box were 40m and 26m structures at 12m height; each with hoist elevators to get camera’s and equipment up to their platforms.