O2 Arena, London

O2 Arena, London

Client: Anschutz Entertainment
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Type of works: Refurbishment of 72 roller shutter doors, previously installed by Envirodoor in 1999.

The £0.5billion refurbishment of the Millennium Dome, from a derelict landmark into multi-use arena, included the refurbishment of the industrial doors. Envirodoor originally installed the 72 specially-designed roller shutters in 1999. These doors have remained unused since the closure of the Dome to the public on December 31st, 2000.

The Dome's developer, Anschutz Entertainment, who also built the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, USA, needed a trusted team to service all the doors and perform the necessary repairs and maintenance work to bring them back to full working order. The contractors also requested the decommissioning of one of the roller shutters.

Envirodoor sent a team of engineers to the O2 Arena to perform this task. Each door was inspected intricately, ensuring that it was in full working order, and assess the extent of the damage and how it could be restored.

Due to the size of the doors, specialist scissor lifts were required in order for the service engineers to work safely on them. The motor system was removed from the decommissioned door, which rendered the door in a permanently shut position. It took the team of fitters over a week to complete the project, but they left the O2 Arena's owners safe in the knowledge that their doors were restored to the same condition as when they were fitted over 7 years earlier.

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