Waterfront GP Ltd
The venue has the second highest capacity of any indoor arena in the UK and was originally constructed to house an exhibition celebrating the turn of the new millennium. But even this thoughtfully designed superstructure can suffer in the face of mother nature and the worse weather she can unleash. In fact, we witnessed storm Eunice tear a hole some 300 ft. sq. in the roof of this iconic structure.
In terms of its repair, it needed a project team well versed in such emergencies — a group of highly skilled, specialist contractors able to handle the pressure to enable the dome to reopen safely in a short timeframe.
We delivered a solution for our client to continue business and ultimately restore this incredible city landmark.
It presented many challenges that our team and superb contractors onsite rose to. An incredible project for us, which demonstrates our versatility.
The first of many challenges was to ensure the planned concert went ahead at the end of the first week which involved the construction of a large tunnel approximately 80 m. in length. This was followed by our joint venture with the specialist roof covering contractor, Taiyo, who incredibly managed to manufacture and install 8,000 sq. m. of fabric to repair the roof in less than 10 weeks from the storm date. Procurement of the new roof covering through Belgium, design via Germany and the USA and fabrication in Italy. Our scaffolding contractor, Wellmax, provided exemplary support in terms of scaffold erection, safety, and communication.
These essential repairs would not have been possible without a protective temporary gantry to allow safe pedestrian and emergency service vehicles access.
To repair the roof on The O2 after storm Eunice was an incredible privilege for us, and one we are immensely proud of as a company.
Read an article on this project in Scaffmag (pages 58-63).