Ryder Cup success adds to successful 2014 for Eve

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2014 has been a very successful year for MEI member Eve, the UK’s leading supplier of temporary access systems and related services. The company, based in Derbyshire, England, have a fantastic reputation in the industrial and outdoor event markets and have supplied their range of trakway, fences, barriers, bridges and security services to major international clients and events for almost 50 years.

Eve swings into action at Gleneagles

In 2014, The Ryder Cup, the World’s most famous and prestigious golf tournament, came to Gleneagles in Scotland, and Eve were right at the heart of the project as sole supplier of trakway, fencing and barriers for the event.

Eve’s involvement with this event began in early 2013, working alongside the Championship Director to understand the needs of the client from the initial tender phase. This included Eve’s dedicated project team undertaking site visits to plan the works in a unique environment, and ensuring that each project partner was working together to reach the same goals.

Eve were awarded the contract due in part to the successful delivery of temporary access works and crowd control solution at the Scottish Open Golf Tournament which we have supplied for a number of years. The Ryder Cup Europe team had specifically requested that based on this experience, Eve’s local team should be involved at Gleneagles.

Bunkered? Overcoming project obstacles

There were many key challenges to overcome in the build up to the tournament, especially in the heart of Scotland where the weather was ever changing and monitoring ground conditions was of major importance. The team worked alongside the Gleneagles site operatives to ensure that the golf course remained in pristine condition throughout the build phase in the lead up to the event, and then throughout the practice and tournament days in order to maintain the image that a world class event such as the Ryder Cup creates.

The main site was very restricted in terms of access with tight roads around the course, together with the added element of multiple contractors of different trades often working in densely populated areas and spaces. This was overcome by effective teamworking, great communication and work schedule planning (including the use of bespoke Cloud based project management software ‘WeTrack’ at the request of Ryder Cup Europe); this enabled great relationships to be developed with the client and the other contractors on site.

Hours of work were restricted to ensure that local residents were not affected during the build up to the tournament. Eve also installed over 3km of mesh fencing to screen the site from the public to minimise disruption.

Ryder Cup Europe’s team and Eve worked very closely during the tournament, and due to the inclement weather becoming a major issue right before the tournament, there were many last minute changes and additions. The benefit of Eve’s small delivery team was that we were able to respond quickly to these changes and dealt with each request efficiently and effectively. Where the client needed additional equipment, Eve made life easy for them by project managing this
demand and sourcing from alternate suppliers where demand outweighed Eve’s local stock levels.

Together with working on the main tournament, Eve were also the sole supplier of temporary roadways, walkways, barriers and fencing for the Junior Ryder Cup, which took place during the same week at a different venue, and the three tournament Park and Ride locations. This highlighted Eve’s ability to project manage across multiple sites at the same time.

Tournament success

Rory Colville, Tournament Director at Ryder Cup Europe said of the project “The Ryder Cup presents a unique challenge in terms of the sheer scale of the temporary infrastructure and Eve delivered to a very high standard on all of the various elements of the project. Given the positive relationship built at the Scottish Open, we were extremely keen to work with them. We really enjoyed working with the Eve project team and hope to continue building this relationship.”

In total, the Eve team supplied and installed over 8,000 aluminium panels at Gleneagles, 8,500 crowd control barriers, nearly 4,000 Heras Panels and three vehicle bridges ranging in size from 7 to 11 metres. The project was a logistical challenge, especially as the team were engaged in a sole supply contract for the Commonwealth Games also held in Scotland. A positive outcome was achieved by working as part of the client team for the entire duration of the project.

Overall, the project was very successful for Eve, Ryder Cup Europe Limited, and as it turned out, the European Ryder Cup Team who retained the trophy with a dominant performance!

2014 highlights

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The amazing Tour de France Grand Depart was supplied with an unprecedented 140km of crowd safety barriers for the three UK legs. Such was the resource for this impressive event that a total of 10 Eve Project Managers looked after individual race sectors.This was only one of the range of world class events on which Eve worked during 2014;

  • Glastonbury - Eve has been a fixture at this iconic festival for many years and developed the 4.12m high Super Fortress Fence to combat the problem of ‘fence jumpers’ after the festival was swamped by ticketless fans in 2000. Eve now provides more than 8,000 metres of Super Fortress Fence around the perimeter of the site, together with 8km of interior mesh fence.
  • Commonwealth Games 2014 – Eve were the sole supplier to Glasgow 2014, and event organisers Jack Morton and Glasgow Life for all of their trakway and walkway requirements. Additional kit such as pedestrian bridges was also provided, with the project team working on site with the client for five months to ensure a smooth installation process.
  • Download Rock Festival 2014, Donington Park - Supplied 1,250 aluminium roadway panels and 8,000 Heras fence panels.
  • V Festival 2014 - More than 7,500 trakway panels supplied to the two V Festival sites
  • T in the Park 2014 - Supplied and installed over 1,600 trakway panels for pedestrians and vehicles
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  • And many others, including Creamfields, Farnborough Air Show, Goodwood Revival 
    and Goodwood Festival of Speed, Soul Survivor and Southampton Boat Show to name a few.

Awards success

Eve’s fantastic year continues as work takes place on a number of high profile projects throughout the UK, especially in the lead up to Winter with huge public celebrations taking place. The company was also recognised for their involvement in the events market by winning two honours at the Festival Supplier Awards as Best Fencing/Hoarding Supplier and Best Crowd/Pit Barrier Supplier for projects at Glastonbury and on the Tour de France respectively. The awards highlighted Eve’s dedication to project management and understanding the needs of their customers, together with offering quality products and delivering expert solutions to the events industry.

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