Health & Safety: Hatton Garden Christmas Market

Background

We Are Placemaking used The Fair’s Health & Safety team to assist them in the delivery of the Hatton Garden Christmas Market which took place for three days from 4th – 6th December 2019.

This involved the build of a bar, thai food trader and 12 chalet’s for independent market traders. The event meant implementing a three day road closure in central London between two of the city’s busiest artery roads (Farringdon Road and Holborn).

The Fair provided advice and guidance from the planning phase through to completion.

Challenge

Working outdoors in the winter presents many challenges, the first of these and of the utmost importance is staff welfare. Whilst we love working outside in the summer, it’s important to make sure that all the crew and contractors on site in the outdoors are wearing enough clothes to keep warm, take regular breaks and have access to hot drinks whenever required.

The other core challenge of this event was enforcing a road closure on such a busy thorough fare that takes traffic from Holborn through to Farringdon Road. The team worked closely with Camden highways to ensure that the correct Temporary Traffic Order provisions were put in advance. We contracted specialist traffic management operatives to stand at each end of the Road Closure with signage. Measures were put in place to ensure cyclists did not breach the road closure and the build and break traffic was managed in and out of the site by the safety officer and traffic management operatives.

It is always challenging to build infrastructure on an open street with the public walking through. Careful consideration was needed to ensure that safe sterile working areas were created whilst chalets were being erected and a detailed schedule allowed us to plan the focus of on-site resources throughout the build phase. All suppliers had been thoroughly audited in advance to the build.

Delivery

  • Road Closure planned and implemented
  • Supplier & Caterer Auditing
  • Build, de-rig and live event on site Health & Safety
  • Live Event Security Management
  • Live Event Traffic Management

Results

  • 3 full days of Christmas market with bar, entertainment and boutique gift sellers in central London
  • Increased footfall to the landmark jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden
  • Safe and successful delivery of the three day event
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