GL Events UK lands Birmingham 2022 contract

Events infrastructure specialist GL Events UK has been named as the official overlay supporter for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the English city of Birmingham.

As part of the agreement, GL Events UK will offer planning, design and delivery of temporary infrastructure services as part of its turnkey overlay delivery contract.

The contract includes temporary structures and marquees, temporary grandstand seating, cabins, scaffolding, rigging, fencing, containment, trackway, lighting, groundworks and venue-specific special projects.

The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to run from July 28 to August 8, with 14 competition venues set to be used. The event is set to attract more than one million spectators to Birmingham.

As part of its delivery of temporary event infrastructure, GL Events UK will provide around 16,500 square metres of temporary structures, almost 44,000 grandstand seats and over 19km of fencing. GL Events UK is also rolling out its most extensive social value programme yet ahead of the Games.

Scott Jameson, managing director of GL Events UK, said: “As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of temporary event infrastructure, GL Events has an enviable track record delivering at previous Commonwealth Games events, Olympic Games, and other major multi-sport championships. We are delighted that Birmingham 2022 has demonstrated its confidence in our business to deliver on the global stage.

“As a Midlands-based business, we feel passionately about upholding the values of Birmingham 2022 and are excited not only to deliver the highest standard of overlay services, but through our Social Value programme, contribute to the sustainability of the Games and the benefit of the wider West Midlands community.”

Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid added: “It is fantastic to have GL Events UK join us as our official overlay supporter for Birmingham 2022. The team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from their partnerships with previous Commonwealth Games and other multi-sport events and I’m confident they will help us deliver a safe and successful Games.

“We want Birmingham 2022 to leave a positive legacy in the region and look forward to working with GL Events UK on their social value programme with local charities and organisations.”

Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium will serve as the main host venue during the Games. The stadium is currently undergoing a major renovation project that will permanently increase its capacity from 12,700 to 18,000, with temporary seating for up to 40,000 spectators during major events.

The ticket ballot for the Games is currently open, with more than one million tickets available for fans.

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