International temporary structures and mega-sporting events specialist, Losberger De Boer, delivered the build contract for Riyadh’s second electric grand prix, which took place November 22 – 23, 2019.
Organised by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, the Ad Diriyah electric cars competition took place on the outskirts of Riyadh and hosted two rounds out of 14 organised across twelve cities on four different continents. Following the success of its debut in Saudi Arabia in 2018, this year’s event promised more races, more cars and more fans, with crowds reaching 100,000, an attendance increase of over 150 per cent, according to Diriyah Gate Development Authority.
To support this year’s bigger event, Losberger De Boer was responsible for project managing the turnkey delivery of 6,300 square metres of indoor event space and 7,350 square metres of outdoor space, comprising integrated hospitality and viewing facilities and a 210-metre pit lane building.
Paul Machin, Losberger De Boer’s senior sales manager, said: “Visitor experience and functionality were at the forefront for this event and we ensured visitors had an optimal viewing experience close to all the action. There was also a real focus on quality, as this event has great national importance. We delivered our Emperor and Premier structures in line with our ISO 14001 environmentally-certified processes, ensuring an unrivalled visitor experience for guests coupled with a sustainable solution that ensured the needs of the planet were addressed.”
Pit lane, hospitality and viewing facilities were assembled to a tight build deadline of only 40 days. Machin explained: “The racetrack is located in close proximity to a busy road in a working city, so it was vital disruption to the surrounding businesses and residents was minimal. We achieved this by using the correct structures and the best people. We also flew in experienced specialist builders to erect the structures, offering the event organisers a fully integrated solution that was functional and cost-effective without compromising the viewing experience for guests.
“Losberger De Boer is ISO 9001 accredited and all of our structures meet rigorous quality management system standards. Also, internationally-benchmarked health and safety standards were embedded into every aspect of the event overlay. Our team followed a strategically-planned project management process, ensuring the seamless delivery of structures for this mega-sporting event.”
Delivering in excess of 500 rental projects and thousands of sales orders each year, Losberger De Boer has provided structures for some of the world’s largest events. The event specialist recently announced it had won the build contract for 30,000 square metres of temporary accommodation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. Due to the high risk of earthquakes and typhoons, the Tokyo metropolitan region is subject to extremely strict building regulations. Losberger De Boer, with its extensive experience with mega-events and ISO-accredited status, was one of the few suppliers of temporary space solutions worldwide that qualified as a supplier for the Olympics.