Consultancy services on the new Arsenal Emirates Stadium Project

2004 to 2008

 

The project involved a wide number of roles. The key areas were transport planning, community engagement and network management.

 

The Emirates Stadium, often referred to as the Emirates or Ashburton Grove, is a football stadium located in Holloway in the London Borough of Islington and is the current home of Arsenal Football Club.

 

The stadium opened in July 2006 and has an all seated capacity of 60,432, making it the fifth largest football stadium in the United Kingdom, and the third largest club stadium in the United Kingdom behind Manchester United's Old Trafford and Celtic's Celtic Park in Glasgow.

 

It is the third largest stadium of any kind in London, after Wembley and Twickenham. It was initially known as Ashburton Grove after the road it was located on, before a naming rights deal with the airline Emirates was struck in October 2004. The project cost £430 million pounds, including the cost of the associated infrastructure.

 

Key roles of this project summarised below:

 

  • Project management and negotiation of S106 planning agreement for the Stadium.
  • A 4.5 year contract
  • Lead consultant for the London Borough of Islington
  • Working in partnership with MPS in developing the policing operation at the Emirates Stadium and supporting MPS National and EU Policing Strategies.
  • Design and implementation of the award winning and highly commended road closure zone plan around the stadium. The Met Police have commented that this is one of the best road closures systems around any stadium in Europe.
  • Analysis and design of crowd management systems in partnership with Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Arsenals consultants.
  • Design, introduction and management of the innovative Arsenal match day telephone information hotline in partnership with Virgin Media.
  • Design and delivery of Environmental Safety Project valued at over £500,000. The projects aimed to reduce the impact of the stadium on the local area / community.
  • Liaison with Islington Council departments and Arsenal Football on the design and management of communication match day protocols and initiatives.
  • Liaison with general public. Setting up and management of public open days, drop in centers, community meetings, and council meetings to explain and discuss operational plans pre and post stadium opening.
  • Responsible for setting up and management of the Arsenal FC Liaison Committee, a planning requirement for the stadium which enabled local community groups to discuss the operational plans with Arsenal FC, Islington Council and the transport operates (TfL, LUL, London Buses and London Overground).
  • Responsible for setting up and managing Emirates Stadium Transport Operations Group (ESTOG). This was the partnership team that was responsible for the review and management of the operational aspects of the transport plan for Emirates Stadium match by match.
  • Strategic involvement in the design and management of the first two seasons match day monitoring – £500,000 project that monitored all the operational characteristics for the stadium.

 

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