The Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow was one of the outstanding sporting events in recent times, and hailed by many as the most successful ever hosted.
Spectrum played a big part in the event, providing cleaning, facilities management, and waste management services at six of the venues during the games; Hampden Park Stadium, Celtic Park, Ibrox Park, Scotstoun Stadium, Kelvingrove Park, and the Uniform and Accreditation Centre.
Hosted once every four years, The Commonwealth Games presents a very special set of challenges, one which we relished and embraced. With an extremely busy programme that included multiple events, in multiple locations throughout the city, meticulous planning was essential to ensure a successful outcome. Moreover, many of the venues also featured multiple sessions, meaning venues had to be quickly cleaned, waste removed, and prepared for the next session in very short intervals.
Of course, our involvement extended to much more than just the official period of the Games, we provided cleaning, facilities management, and waste management services during the build-up and break-down periods too. In addition, we conducted extensive training sessions with the staff we used at the Commonwealth Games to ensure each member of our team knew their responsibilities, and what to expect at each venue each day.
We also provided team members with extensive training in reacting to ever changing demands. With multiple venues and a large number of events being hosted outdoors, even the weather could have thrown the most detailed planning into disarray. Fortunately, the weather during August 2014 was mainly favourable, however our teams at each venue were trained and briefed on a number of possible alternative scenarios.
The video below provides a flavour of what our staff members experienced in the months leading up the Games. It also demonstrates the detail and precision with which we approach every event.
We are delighted to have been associated with such a high profile and prestigious event, it certainly was one of the many highlights of 2014, and by all accounts it is a highlight in the history of the Commonwealth Games.