The Barclaycard Arena – in Birmingham, UK – has won ‘Project of the Year’ for its redevelopment work, at a prestigious annual award ceremony that recognises the West Midlands’ most inspiring construction projects and people.
The coveted title was awarded to BAM Construction Ltd – the contractor appointed to oversee the redevelopment of the arena – at the Celebrating Construction Awards for the innovative remodelling project, which took place between May 2013 and December 2014.
The GBP£26m project aimed to reposition the Barclaycard Arena as a global venue through dramatic architecture, as well as increasing the size. The results were an entire upgrade of all areas – from front of house through to backstage, adding 5,926m² of pre/post show space into the 13,437m² of redevelopment.
Andrew Hendry, Projects and Contracts Manager for Barclaycard Arena, worked closely with BAM on the redevelopment project and attended the award ceremony, commented:
The Barclaycard Arena is one of the busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in the world, with a capacity that ranges from a maximum of 15,892 to 3,000 for more intimate events. The redevelopment has introduced improved facilities for all visitors to the venue, including improved dressing room facilities for artists, giving them a ‘five star hotel feel’. The outside has been transformed to give a real sense of anticipation to an unforgettable event, and the customer experience has been improved throughout.
Throughout the project we worked very closely with BAM and so it’s fantastic that we’ve beaten over 100 companies across the East and West Midlands to be awarded this prestigious title and be recognised by the industry professionals as a benchmark for others.
In the ‘Project of the Year’ category, judges were looking for an outstanding project that best demonstrates the highest levels of technical achievement, innovation, application of best practice, team working throughout the supply chain, delivered to time, budget and quality with the highest health & safety standards, lowest environmental impact and most importantly to the Customer’s delight.
Dean Bryant, Commercial Director for BAM Construction said:
The Barclaycard Arena was a challenging and intricate build in regards to logistics, third party intervention, continually changing client requirements and the fundamental driver that the Arena was to remain live throughout. But our expertise and knowledge and close working relationship with the Arena team meant we were able to complete the project on time, on budget and to everyone’s expectations. We’re now looking forward to the national awards.