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EFS floors it at 'Live By The Loch' with new event flooring stock in Scotland

EFS floors it at 'Live By The Loch' with new event flooring stock in Scotland

Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:26

The popular Celtic rock group Mànran tweeted to their seven-thousand-plus followers: "Our first ever stadium show. It might not be Wembley but Broadwood Stadium is a mighty fine start."

It turns out that this was not only Mànran's first stadium show, it was the stadium's first show, as well. For one night only, the Cumbernauld venue, home to Clyde FC for the last 28 years, was turned into an outdoor music gig. Broadwood: Live by the Loch, it was called. There were three acts: Dougie MacLean was the opener, followed by Mànran and then, shortly after nine o'clock, after an hour or so of steady rain, the headliners, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers did their set and the 2,000 fans went home very happy. Those who had patiently stood in front of the stage, rather than sitting in the covered stands, had got the worst of the rain, but didn't seem to mind too much, especially given they were standing and dancing on EFS's temp-a-path rather than puddles! And within moments the organisers, North Lanarkshire Leisure, were tweeting that the event would return next year, "even bigger and better."

Event Flooring Solutions (EFS) were delighted to supply the temporary flooring for the event. NL Leisure purchased 7500sqm of EFS's translucent temp-a-path in July 2017 and are working in partnership with EFS to offer the flooring to event organisers, local authorities or anyone else that needs it installed by EFS's local crew.

"We did our research, tested some products and Temp-A-Path was the best things for us" said Jim Moffatt, NL Leisure's Business Partnership Manager. "We looked at hiring it, but decided to purchase it and we now have the ability to hire it out to other event organisers in Scotland. The decision to purchase Temp-A-Path has opened up a new market for NL leisure. The purchase of the flooring now allows us to offer both Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility's indoor 3G football pitch and its 8000 seated football stadium, Broadwood, as new event destinations, transforming traditional sports venues into flexible spaces as we have demonstrated with Live by the Loch!" he concluded.

The flooring is available for re-hire for many events that are held not only in the central area, but also throughout Scotland. NL Leisure and EFS are working in partnership to offer the flooring to event organisers, local authorities or anyone else who needs it installed by EFS's dedicated team!

Could this be the start of something for Cumbernauld? The aim is that Broadwood will now go on to host further high-profile concerts. As an academic, Dr Stephen Bowman, wrote approvingly on Twitter: "It's easy to do down #Cumbernauld but full credit to everyone associated with #LivebytheLoch ... Exactly the sort of the kind of thing the town needs and deserves."

The stadium was effectively divided in two for the show, one half remaining cordoned off while the other half was given over to the staging, lighting, PA system, 4000sqm of translucent temp-a-path flooring, the standing fans and the food stalls.

"This all goes back to a Facebook message I got at the back end of January from Gerry McMahon at NL Leisure," said Gary Innes, accordionist with Mànran, in a dressing-room strewn with clothes and musical instruments. "He said, look, we've got the Gaelic school out here, and we want to put on a music event but we don't know who to speak to or what to do, could you come out here for a meeting?"

So Innes met them, and they told him that what they wanted to do was to stage a music festival. He drew on his contacts in the industry, assembled a bill, went back to NL Leisure and got it approved. "They've got a great team and they have worked their socks off to get the stadium," he said. "But when you think about it, the show was signed off only in March, and the turnaround since then has been quite remarkable. A lot of hard work has gone into this."

Graeme Morrison, operations and business development manager at NL Leisure, and one of the event organisers, said the concert had been delivered over a relatively short timescale, compared to the time it would normally take to organise and promoting an event of this size. "While the day itself was very long, it was incredibly rewarding and exhilarating to see so many people enjoying the show. We're already talking about next year. We feel we're in a privileged position to be able to put something like this on for the community and having EFS's flooring in stock makes the job so much easier! Because everybody praised it so much, despite the bad weather, we owe the audience and the community to put this on again next year. We're open to working in partnership with big promoters, but what we've absolutely demonstrated we're capable of putting on our own events."

"This is a legacy event for us," he added. "I want people to be talking about Broadwood: Live by the Loch in twenty years' time."

"Don't Fret the Wet" with Event Flooring Solutions

Tags: Marquee and Special Events, Stadium and Arena Events, Sports Hall Protection, Temp-A-Path

Live by the Loch with EFS's Temp-A-Path

Live by the Loch with EFS's Temp-A-Path

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:48

North Lanarkshire Leisure is holding its first ever music festival at Broadwood Stadium this June. Broadwood: Live by the Loch will take place on Saturday, June 2, and feature some well-known Scottish musical talent. NL Leisure is staging the event using EFS's Temp-A-Path. 3500 sqm of the temporary flooring will be installed front of stage area to protect the 3G rubber crumb football pitch from pedestrian footfall. EFS's local Scottish crew will be installing the Temp-A-Path for the event in just 8 hours!

NL Leisure purchased the flooring to transform the football pitch into a dynamic event space, maximising on the venue's profitability. Elton John live has previously been staged at the very same venue.

Scottish legend Dougie Maclean is set to kick the party off as he celebrates 40 years since the release of "Caledonia" one of the greatest Scottish anthems of all time. Second act on the bill is Mànran who have been promoting the Gaelic sound across the word since forming in 2010 from the cream of the Highland folk scene. Top of the bill for Live by the Loch will be the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who in ten years went from a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right. The past decade have seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet - ever!

Read more at: https://www.motherwelltimes.co.uk/whats-on/music/new-music-festival-at-broadwood-1-4709779

Tags: Temp-A-Path, Marquee and Special Events, Festivals, Sports Hall Protection

Sports Hall Transformation for British Transplant Games

Sports Hall Transformation for British Transplant Games

Posted: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:02

EFS Europe Ltd Manufactures 7000m2 of Specifically Designed Translucent Temp-A-Path for the British Transplant Games, Transforming one of Scotland's Largest Indoor Halls into a Stunning Function Room for the Game's Opening & Closing Ceremony

The 40th edition of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games was held in North Lanarkshire from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 with over 1000 competitors taking part.

One of the main facilities being utilised for the "Games" was Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility (RRSF). During the "Games" the full size 3G sports pitch was transformed with EFS's specifically manufactured translucent Temp-A-Path and EFS's royal blue marquee-cord event carpet. The venue was then all set to host the opening ceremony and the celebration event bringing the games to a close. The Temp-A-Path was installed in just 7 hours with the carpet being laid in just 8!

"We did our research, tested some products and Temp-A-Path was the best things for us" said Jim Moffatt, NL Leisure's Business Partnership Manager. "We looked at hiring it, but decided to purchase it and we now have the ability to hire it out to other event organisers in Scotland. The decision to purchase Temp-A-Path has opened up a new market for NL leisure. The purchase of the flooring now allows us to offer both RRSF and its 8000 seated football stadium as new event destinations, transforming traditional sports venues into flexible spaces" he concluded.

The flooring is available for re-hire for many events that are held not only in the central area, but also throughout Scotland. NL Leisure and EFS are working in partnership to offer the flooring to event organisers, local authorities or anyone else who needs it installed by EFS's dedicated team!

EFS's translucent Temp-A-Path has been specifically designed to protect the ground for long periods of time without causing any yellowing or other surface damage to the turf or any artificial grass surfaces. NL Leisure opted for the translucent flooring product to ensure protection of any natural grass areas. Translucent Temp-A-Path is able to do this because of its special design which allows light, water and air to access the grounds underneath it. EFS's trials show that no adverse damage is caused to the grass for a minimum of 30 days.


Following the "Games" EFS staff prepared and removed the flooring, including the carpet, in just 8 hours. The carpet was taken away and recycled and Temp-A-Path stored at a custom built facility constructed on the grounds of RRSF.

EFS has put a dedicated, experienced team in place, in Scotland, ready to install and uplift the flooring, working as and when required by NL Leisure; meaning that going forward, Temp-A-Path is available throughout Scotland.

Tags: Event Carpet and Artificial Grass, Temp-A-Path, Sports Hall Protection, Gymnasiums and Sports Complexes

Nottingham University - Sports Hall Transformation!

Nottingham University - Sports Hall Transformation!

Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:12

The brand new £40 million David Ross Sports Village has recently opened its doors to offer inspirational and accessible sports provision for all. The facilities include 4 large sports halls. EFS Europe has been commissioned to manufacture a specialist carpeting solution specifically designed for sports hall protection 'EFS Club Carpet'. 3872m2 of carpet has been manufactured to specifically cut lengths for rapid installation and simple 'uplift & store' for each of the sports halls.

The EFS Club carpet allows the venue to be used for alternative events, aside from sports, to maximise the venues functionality and profitability.

Tags: Event Carpet and Artificial Grass, Sports Hall Protection

Sports Hall Protection at Nottingham University

Sports Hall Protection at Nottingham University

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 19:46

As part of the Graduation event for the University we were also asked to provide protection for the recently installed sports hall flooring. The brief from the University was to protect the newly installed floor with a suitable carpet barrier onto which seating would be placed.

Tags: Event Carpet and Artificial Grass, Sports Hall Protection

Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University

Posted: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 20:24

Given our expertise in providing protective flooring within sports halls we were contacted by Grace and Tailor for the graduation event at Leeds Met.

Tags: Event Carpet and Artificial Grass, Sports Hall Protection