Actavo provided crowd control solutions through the installation of crowd control barriers (CCBs), Heras fencing and crossing points to facilitate staging of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin city centre.
Scope of works
Working in conjunction with St Patrick’s Festival and other stakeholders including DCC, An Garda Síochána and Dublin Bus to facilitate the parade. In addition to crowd control infrastructure, Actavo provided grandstands, media platforms and drape and camera structures to maximise filming potential for media companies. Actavo also provided infrastructure to Dublin Bus and Luas, for example fencing to allow for Luas earthing points to be isolated to ensure safety during the festivities.
Supply and installation of:
- 4541 CCBs for the parade
- 699 Heras fences
- 36 Garda barriers
- 22 front of stage/Mojo barriers
- Derig all equipment
- Project Management for the event
- Labour – 81 crew on site on the day
- Transport – Actavo provided trucks, flatbeds and forklift trucks, as well as a transport crew to allow for the speedy loading and clearing of crowd control infrastructure.
- The event took place over a two-hour period, so the team needed to operate to tight timelines. In response, Actavo teams worked from 1am on the morning of the festival to ensure safe and effective installation.
- Each year, Actavo’s derig time is reduced, allowing normal service to resume in the city as quickly as possible
With tight deadlines in place, team cohesion and clear and timely communication with all stakeholders is vital in order to get the job done. Actavo’s Commercial Director remained at the event headquarters throughout to enable the team to receive information in real time and provide solutions immediately.
Health & Safety
Detailed method statements and risk assessments were devised by the project management team and signed off by safety team/advisors before the event.
Solutions to challenges
Installing crowd control barriers in the city centre between 1am and 3am with revellers on the street was challenging. Through experience, skilled project management and close collaboration within the team, as well as employing additional resources such as banksmen, Actavo ensured safe and efficient installation, with minimal inconvenience to normal operations in the city.
Benefits to client
Fast, skilled and safe installation and removal of crowd control infrastructure.
Seasoned project managers with a strong working relationship with stakeholders.
Actavo’s Commercial Director remained at St Patrick’s Festival HQ to ensure the team got real time information to provide immediate solutions to challenges that arose.
“We have worked with Actavo Events (previously ‘Eventserv’), since 2009 and have been working with its key management personnel dating back to the late 90s. Each year for our event we require approximately 4,500 crowd control barriers and various quantities of heras, scrimmed heras, mojo barriers and massguard road safety barriers.
Each year we need to install the barriers and fencing on the streets of Dublin in very tight timelines, working with various stakeholders, such as DCC, An Garda Síochána and Dublin Bus. Similarly, we need to have the barriers removed in a very short window to free up the city and allow traffic to flow freely. Actavo’s key management team have a very strong working relationship with the main stakeholders, which has always been an advantage in advancing our project. We have always found Actavo to be extremely professional. Actavo has always worked in a safe and productive manner, delivering within the agreed and contracted timelines.”
Susan Kirby(former CEO of St Patrick’s Festival)