Trooping the Colour ceremony marks the Queen's official birthday and teams at Amey were proud to have played an important part in helping to ensure the event went without a hitch.
In partnership with our supply chain partners, Austin Lewis and Media Structures, our teams supported a total of five events which were two Beating Retreat events, the Major Generals Review of Trooping the Colour, reviewed by Major General B Bathurst, the Colonels Review of Trooping the Colour, reviewed by HRH The Duke of York and the main event – Trooping the Colour, reviewed by Her Majesty the Queen.
Amey provided seating and stands for all five events which included over 6,000 seats for the Horseguards Parade and a further 70 seats on the roof of ISS St Vincent. We also erected three media stands for the BBC and military media along with providing all the electrical connections for the lighting and pyrotechnics on the day.
Julie Chapman, Amey’s Service Delivery Area Manager, said “Preparations for the event begin immediately after the London Marathon which gives us approximately four weeks to bring together all the elements required for a successful programme delivery. The programme was delivered by Amey’s Site Manager, Charlotte Dunn, and Delivery Manager, Hayley Stanton, who met regularly with Major Warren Mahoney to discuss the event requirements such as health and safety, timescales for delivery and location of the stands to ensure emergency exits are not compromised. Our teams also carry out weekly inspections of all the stands with a final one taking place on the actual day of each event”
As well as erecting the stands, Amey also provide the fencing around the Lord Roberts and Lord Wolseley statues that are located on the parade square which had to be painted in a specific colour and approved by military personnel. As installation takes place on a daily basis, Amey teams had to make sure all work was carried out with minimal disruption and be particularly quiet, especially when rehearsals and Ceremonial duties e.g. Changing of the Queens Life Guard were taking place.
John Riley, Operations Director, Regional Prime South East, said “Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. It is with enormous honour and respect that Amey’s South East team are responsible for ensuring the 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together to mark the Queen's official birthday”.
Once the event was over, Amey teams moved swiftly and efficiently to dismantle the stands and remove the fencing – putting everything back into place.
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