Wembley's Pavilion opens for business

Arena Group has completed work on its £4m Wembley Arena Pavilion. The 10,000-capacity venue will host concerts and events at Wembley throughout 2005 while Wembley Arena undergoes a £32m redevelopment.

The Pavilion has been built behind the Arena and adjacent to the new Wembley Stadium. Arena Structures used its TFS Structure to create the venue, which measures over 165m long, 70m wide and 17m high. The roof is double skin with the outer layer made from PVC and a secondary membrane created and manufactured by French company Ferrari to give the venue increased heat and noise insulation.

Star Events Group supplied and built the rigging and staging requirements using its Orbit technology. The company's group development director Roger Barrett said: "An undercover tunnel takes artistes and crew straight from the backstage complex and we have installed the world's largest Orbit arch to hold the projection and house lighting above the audience."

Clear Channel's head of production John Probyn oversaw the two-month build of the 10,000sq m site comprising the auditorium, dressing rooms, crew and hospitality areas. "It has been a monumental production," he said.

Arena Events is handling hospitality bookings for Wembley Arena Pavilion.

The venue's first performance was the X-Factor Live tour, on 20 February, and 17 dates for acts including Westlife and Blue have so far gone on sale.

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