The Open Championship 2014 – Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake

The world’s most prestigious golfing event requires the highest attention to detail, and this project – once again showcased the range of skilled staff that we supply. Salima deployed at least 12 crew-members every day for five and a half months as we took sole responsibility for building the temporary stadia and related structures.

Salima’s crew spent 19,500 hours on site during the four-month build and six week breakdown. We were required to construct over 20 individual temporary stadia structures that were located at key positions on the course, which included the huge horseshoe-shaped 7,000 seat stand that wrapped around the 18th hole. At short notice we also constructed the well-documented players bridge, a bespoke structure that provided secure access to the 1st tee and exit from the 18th green.

The nature of the build meant that every type of skilled staff member was deployed, from plant operators and drivers to scaffolders and project managers. The duration and scale of the project meant that our projects director Chris Coles relocated to Liverpool for a six-month period, highlighting the dedication we showed to the contract. The build required an extremely sensitive approach in order to minimise disruption to the course itself, but it was essential that the build schedule was adhered to meet key objectives in the run-up.

The 2014 event saw big screens deployed around the course for the first time. Salima was given the responsibility of constructing the support structures for the screens, which were a memorable part of the event and contributed to some of the most positive crowd feedback ever received by the organisers. The media village - used by the world’s media to monitor and report live on the tournament – was also a bespoke creation built by Salima.

Despite the challenging logistics of undertaking a major engineering project on a world-class golf course - whilst it was still in use - Salima’s team delivered every structure on-time and in perfect order.

The Open Championship is the largest contract undertaken by GL Events Seating & Stadia. Although we had worked with them before on other projects, Salima was selected via a competitive tender process. Considering it was the company’s first experience of this particular event, they handled the project very well. Due to the fact that the courses remain in use by members throughout the build, the organisers of The Open Championship require the structures to be built in a very specific way over an extended period of time. The build was detailed and methodical, with limited crew numbers so as not to cause unnecessary disruption. The build and break requires the crews to have respect for the course and the people using it, which the Salima staff maintained throughout the project.

Chris Mansell, Operations Director GL Events Seating & Stadia
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