In 2012 we built Russia’s Olympic House in the heart of London’s Kensington Gardens. A 7,700sqm project comprising of two vast temporary structures, which the country used to showcase Sochi.
Exhibition structure – 24m x 130m Premier structure, and 16m x 15m cassette floor system
Exhibition hospitality structure – 8m x 30m Premier structure
Ice rink structure – Giant TFS 50m x 40m with partial cassette floor, 10m x 10m Premier structure and 1,243 tiered seats
This was one of the most challenging projects we have ever attempted.We had to use all of our experience and expertise in erecting Russia.Sochi.Park
Attractions at the venue, which was erected on behalf of Eventica Communications with a winter wonderland interior concept designed by M-IS Plc, included the biggest ever ice show outside Russia, music and dance performances and even a 4D cinema, where visitors experienced a chairlift ride up the snowy Krasnodar mountains.
The temporary Russia.Sochi.Park. stood close to the Albert Memorial, hemmed in by historic plane trees, a location which at one point required our crew to use a 160 ton crane to lift the equipment right over the trees so as not to damage them.
We also had to compensate for the undulating parkland by raising part of the structure’s floor on scaffolding, some 1.2m high, in order to deliver a level platform on which the exhibition centre could be erected.
The ice arena, where the shows were watched by 1,200 people at a time, was tall enough to accommodate tiered seating standing 4m high and also saw us install a bridge over the rink for performers.
The 130m-long cinema and exhibition centre, meanwhile, was fitted with an opaque PVC covering for complete control of lighting levels.