In May 2016 Middlesbrough Football Club gained promotion to the Premier League after an absence of 7 years. During the intervening period the requirements for hosting Premier League games have changed dramatically. The International TV Broadcasters have understandably demanded major upgrades of stadium facilities and infrastructure to support what has become a truly global entertainment spectacle.
Recognising the scale and complexity of the challenge, Middlesbrough Football Club engaged the services of Baker Mallett to provide a much needed Project Management capability.
In order to achieve compliance with the Premier League Stadium criteria (Section K), the work required on the Riverside Stadium was both extensive and diverse including new floodlights, major structural additions, in excess of 50 kms of cabling and repurposing of large parts of the stadium. To complicate matters further, the work had to be completed between the end of May and the first game of the new season on August 13th, a period of only 11 weeks.
Mark Ellis, Chief Operating Officer of Middlesbrough Football Club commented
“The Baker Mallett team were able to add value from the start by supporting the Club to identify suitable local contractors who could meet the program objectives, timescales and costs. Unsurprisingly there were many issues that had to be resolved to keep the program on track and within budget, Baker Mallett were able to add professional support and resources to guide the Club through the decision making that has resulted in the Riverside Stadium being fully compliant with the latest Premier League Stadium Criteria.”
Baker Mallett are delighted to have been selected for the project, which adds to their increasing portfolio of Elite Sports Projects with Clients including Serco and Sport England.