The Commonwealth Games took Glasgow by storm this year; 1.2 million tickets were sold and it set a ‘new gold standard’ for the games, according to the Glasgow 2014 chief executive, David Grevemberg.
Here at Benholm we were proud to have been a part of the proceedings, providing a range of bespoke and engaging displays to enhance the Athletes Village. The Glasgow 2014 committee tasked our team here at Benholm with designing, providing and installing a large number of displays throughout the village. From the day we received the prestigious order through to the full installation was supposed to be a mere 22 days, and we delivered – two days ahead of schedule!
What We Were Asked To Do
The committee gave us a brief for a range of plant displays for the Athletes Village, for everything from barrier planters and internal marquees planters through to large feature trees all across the village. We were also briefed to create, for each individual competition venue, Glasgow Commonwealth Games branded planters – helping to introduce visually enhancing installations in line with the tone of the overall event.
These were based on styles initially utilised for the London Olympics back in 2012, and the successful implementation of these designs and layouts helped us to create an engaging atmosphere for all of the athletes.
Benholm were initially shortlisted by the games’ organisers and, after a full site visit to our premises, we were able to confirm that we could tackle something of this size and scale, and with this level of management needed. We were fully security checked and, throughout the entire project, had to work around security checks as well as meticulous registration and inspection for all our individual vehicles.
What We Delivered
We delivered a fantastic selection of bespoke barrier planters, designed with a balance of speed and quality of appearance in mind. We also delivered 4 metre high Pyrus Chanticleer trees direct to the games’ site, which were planted in bespoke containers finished in silver in line with the styles of the games. Additionally, Laurus Nobilis bushes were also planted in sand-filled road block cages to enhance our overall display.
For internal areas across the village we utilised a wide selection of tropical plants in both large tapered containers and smaller table top bowls, helping to create a luxurious, colourful and enticing display for many indoor and marquee areas.
As briefed, we also delivered bespoke Buxus Ball topiary planters which were branded with the Commonwealth Games logo for each different competition venue – helping to provide a much more personalised display throughout the village and event venues. We were incredibly pleased with the overall outcome – take a look at our full case study PDF.
Read the testimonial from the organisers here.