Neptunus has added to its world-class sporting credits by supplying structures to the Unibet EuroHockey Championship, which took place in London from August 21-30.
Founded in 1970 by the European Hockey Federation to showcase the best eight field hockey teams, the event featured 40 matches culminating in two dramatic final days. England’s women came from 2-0 down to beat the Netherlands on penalties to win the coveted title for the first time since 1991 while The Netherlands were victorious against Germany to secure the men’s title.
Northamptonshire-based temporary structure company, Neptunus had just five days to deliver and build 10 truckloads of its equipment at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which also played host to the Paralympic Tennis tournament during the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Working on behalf of long-term client ICON, Neptunus supplied host England Hockey with 2,460 square metres of structures including a number of its clear-span Alu-halls to form the main entrance, players, friends and family clubhouse and museum, main retail area and public catering structures.
Elsewhere one of the company’s curved roofed Alure Globe structures formed a VIP pavilion while a number of its smaller and stylish Mercury structures formed ticket check-ins, retail outlets and information points across the park for the 30,000 spectators.
To help protect the all-important landscape of the iconic Olympic Park, all of the structures were self-weighted with concrete floors with some featuring bespoke entrance ramps, staircases and carpeting.
Andy Nash, senior account manager at ICON, said: “We appointed Neptunus because the company has a great reputation for supplying high quality temporary structures for major sporting occasions. With their knowledge and expertise we were able to create a world-class environment to showcase some of the very best hockey players and inspire future generations to take up the sport.”
April Trasler, managing director of Neptunus UK, said: “We were delighted to work again with ICON who recognise our ability to build sophisticated high-end and value for money venues in record time. As the structures were situated at various locations across the park, our technical team meticulously planned the delivery and build to ensure our onsite crew of 12 could complete the venue in just five days.”