Brian Kennedy (right) chief executive of Oasys Innovations and Sebastian Brunet (left) head of international development for GL Events.
The event, which was attended by 200 guests, attracted more than 150 entries worldwide. The awards celebrated outstanding events, organisers and individuals in eleven different categories and presentations were made in bronze, silver and gold. Twelve judges participated in the adjudication process and included executives from the International Olympic Committee, the PGA European Tour and the Ryder Cup in Wales, FIFA, Great Big Events, The London Marathon and other executives from well known sport related organisations.
Brian Kennedy, chief executive of Oasys Innovations comments on behalf of the GL Oasys Consortium: “From the onset of this international partnership we enjoyed a seamless relationship. Although we always go the extra mile to achieve the best results for our clients, it is also most rewarding to receive an accolade of this nature. Our industry is faced with many challenges such as deadlines, climatic conditions for outside work, getting the best people for the job, logistics and inventories, getting fluency in international working relations including protocols, and of course language barriers. However, the Confederations Cup was a first for the new consortium and in terms of success; the Gold Award speaks for itself.”
The GL Oasys Consortium was appointed as the exclusive overlay supplier on all four venues of the Confederations Cup competition. The scope of work included, amongst others, site preparation, 27,000m² of temporary structures, 5000m² of scaffolding structures, 270 containers, and electrical infrastructure including 10,000 meters of cabling, audio and simultaneous translations systems as well as equipment for the soccer fields such as goals, corner flags and press desks.
Says Sebastien Brunet, head of international development for GL Events: “The consortium team members comprised of 50 staff members from France, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and South Africa, as well as 10 major sub-contractors and 70 suppliers. We had to mobilize 500 people for the installation of the equipment at the four venues as well as 175 containers that were shipped from France and Hong Kong. However, in order to plough value back into the South African economy and to optimize on costs, two thirds of the material was bought or rented locally.”
The Gold Award was adjudicated on five levels of criteria: Management of the entire project as it was the first time that one company was appointed as an exclusive overlay supplier for a major international football event, facing up to the distance as it was the first time that the Confederations Cup was hosted in Africa and South Africa is far away from major eventing markets, as well as the restricted time frame of only 13 weeks from the appointment as the preferred bidder until handing over of the project. Further criteria included the integration of the local economy through local value added initiatives, as well as introducing the required synergies having to work with other clients such as Match Hospitality, Match Ticketing, the sponsors and the host cities.