The Olympic Games were always going to be an uplifting occasion for our country, but I don’t think we were quite prepared for how much of an impact they would have. We’ve been brimming with pride over our athletes’ achievements and in admiration of the commitment of the thousands of people and organisations involved in making London 2012 happen. The Paralympic Games promise to be an equally uplifting experience.
Whilst our part was tiny in comparison to the work of most, we were still thrilled to be involved in three separate – and very different – projects to celebrate the Olympic Games and their legacy.
The first was for Innocent, makers of delicious drinks and official smoothie and juice of the Olympic and Paralympic Games! As part of their official duties Innocent wanted to create a smoothie and juice bar with a lounging area at Wimbledon for the tennis events. Their space was right in the thick of the action and our brief was to install artificial grass across the entire area – walls and all. TigerTurf supplied two types of grass for the project.
We arrived on site at Wimbldeon two weeks prior to the Games as preparations were in full swing. It was a hive of activity but exciting to catch this behind the scenes glimpse of what was to come. Driving the Blades wheels past Centre Court and weaving between surrounding courts was a fairly surreal – and carefully executed – experience.
The Wimbledon championships had just ended so it was all hands on deck to master a complete transformation of the existing space – the finished look was fun, inviting and very Innocent.
The second Innocent project was a co-hosted event being held Associated Newspapers’ headquarters in Kensington to celebrate the Games. The timescales were tight but our wonderful team gave up their weekends to make sure the space was ready on time.
At the core of these substantial offices is a full height atrium with glass roof. Our brief was replace the existing carpeted area on a large interior terrace with a lush green artificial grass, also supplied by TigerTurf. The natural light that floods the building, coupled with some exotic planting around the terrace, gave the finished space a real feeling of being outdoors.
We had some lovely feedback from the client too, who told us that colleagues in the building are now calling this area “The park on 4th” and are campaigning for it to become a permanent fixture.