Each year, the Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen’s Club, West Kensington, London, sets the stage for one of the largest and most well-known Tennis Opens in the world: Wimbledon. Each year the event grows, and with that the responsibility to keep its visitors safe increases, too.
In June 2018 and 2019, Stadium completed a week’s deployment of the ATG Access Surface Guard at The Fever Tree Championship. The Surface Guard was deployed in four locations and covers sixty metres: surrounding the Club’s two main entrances, and at two further, particularly vulnerable, areas of crowded space.
Within the four deployments, we installed two vehicle access points – which allowed residents, tournament vehicles, deliveries and emergency vehicles to make their way through with authorisation. Our barrier team-members remained with the equipment at all times in order to enforce compliance, and those stationed at vehicle access points were in radio contact with tournament operators.
Today, the risk of vehicle attacks is widely prevalent and poses a high threat and therefore it is imperative for the Tournament, based at the heart of Baron’s Court in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, to use temporary HVM solutions. The Queens Club’s location, which is set within a residential area, is very open and vulnerable – and the high profile of the event creates a risk.
The barriers not only enhanced the security of the event, but also positively impacted residents living within the secured area. During prior events, traffic managed to travel down the roads and around the venue, affecting the residents’ parking options and disrupting crowd movement. With the barriers in place, cars and critical infrastructure were protected, and the road became pedestrianised.
Our traffic management services and CSAS (Community Safety Accreditation Scheme) Operatives ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum, visitors are directed swiftly and securely to the venue, and residents are happy.
For instance, Bill Howell, a Baron’s Court resident, told us: “I am pleased to say that, during the whole of the Fever-Tree tennis tournament at Queens Club, it was pleasing to note that the team from Stadium – who were responsible for erecting and dismantling the HVM barriers – took the time to consider the residents in Perham Rd, with amicable exchanges and procedures discussed in dept”.