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press release: GLL

LLDC awards GLL new contract to continue as operator of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Copper Box Arena

23 Feb 2024
£1 million has been earmarked for upgrading the Copper Box Arena’s onsite gym, sports facilities and event infrastructure / GLL
A decade on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed charitable social enterprise GLL, the operating contract for the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; continuing to build on the venue’s hugely successful legacy.

The Copper Box Arena is the Park’s most versatile venue, with a maximum seating capacity of 7,500 and the ability to stage elite sports, esports, as well as other live cultural and entertainment events. The Arena has established itself as the UK’s home of esports and base to the London Lions basketball teams and London Pulse netball team.

Major music events held at the Arena have included Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner Live; corporate events such as the One Bauer Media Awards and the Fiat 500x launch; esports tournaments including Apex Legends, Clash Royale, Call of Duty and Rocket League; sporting events spanning WBO title fights, the Billie Jean Cup/Fed Cup Tennis, Skateboarding World Championships, Open Pool Championships, Table Tennis World Cup, England Netball Internationals, the Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final, Wheelchair Rugby League matches and the Invictus Games.

A series of exciting events for 2024 and beyond will shortly be announced, while in the short-term London Lions home fixtures, the London Youth Rowing championships and the launch of the London Pulse netball season are scheduled for March 2024.

The Arena also houses an 80-station gym and the new contract announcement coincides with confirmation of a £600k investment into the site’s gym and fitness class spaces – in response to increased demand from a growing local population. The upgraded gym facilities will include a new state-of-the-art functional suite and an expansive new fitness class programme. A wide range of memberships will be on offer including discounts for local residents and concessionary memberships.

Edward Fane, Head of Venues at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: “The Copper Box Arena is established as a thriving venue for national and international events as well as community sport, health and fitness. We are excited to continue working with GLL to build on the success of the last 10 years and bring in more high-profile events.

“This exciting high value contract is critically important to the long-term legacy of the London 2012 Games. Now working alongside the new cultural district at East Bank the Copper Box links the sporting legacy of 2012 with cultural and community events too and this is something we are keen to see flourish. We are delighted to be continuing to work in partnership with GLL to bring more high-profile events to the Park and build on the Arena’s hugely successful first decade.’

GLL’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Bundey said: “We are delighted to have retained the contract for the Copper Box Arena, safeguarding the venue’s Olympic Legacy for years to come.

“It is an extraordinary facility that brings thousands of people together to enjoy sports and community activities and is an integral part of the regeneration of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“We have strong relationships with the world class organisations, clubs and event promoters who call the venue home – so this extension of our partnership with LLDC ensures continuity, sustainability and further benefits for community users, spectators and sport.”

GLL will work with CBRE Global Workplace Solutions – a commercial real estate services and investments leader - to ensure the highest standard of maintenance for the venue, bringing improvements to technical operations, including health & safety, extended asset performance/life cycle, energy efficiency and staff training.

Alongside GLL, CBRE is a signatory to the Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) Buy Social Corporate Challenge, a ground-breaking initiative which will see CBRE commit to engaging with more social enterprises as part of a collective £1 billion spend with social enterprise suppliers.

Wes Montgomery, Business Unit Director at CBRE said: "We look forward to working with charitable social enterprise GLL as part of their operational contract at leading events venue CBA.

"We share GLL’s service excellence ethos and also have a strong relationship with other social enterprises in our supply chain. In partnership, we will provide strong support for the facility and its many and varied users."

The award has been made in another year of evolution for the Park, with the new East Bank cultural quarter at the Park, opening from summer 2023, and more and more people choosing to work, live and study on the Park.
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Address: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX, UK
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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press release: GLL

LLDC awards GLL new contract to continue as operator of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Copper Box Arena

23 Feb 2024
£1 million has been earmarked for upgrading the Copper Box Arena’s onsite gym, sports facilities and event infrastructure / GLL
A decade on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed charitable social enterprise GLL, the operating contract for the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; continuing to build on the venue’s hugely successful legacy.

The Copper Box Arena is the Park’s most versatile venue, with a maximum seating capacity of 7,500 and the ability to stage elite sports, esports, as well as other live cultural and entertainment events. The Arena has established itself as the UK’s home of esports and base to the London Lions basketball teams and London Pulse netball team.

Major music events held at the Arena have included Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner Live; corporate events such as the One Bauer Media Awards and the Fiat 500x launch; esports tournaments including Apex Legends, Clash Royale, Call of Duty and Rocket League; sporting events spanning WBO title fights, the Billie Jean Cup/Fed Cup Tennis, Skateboarding World Championships, Open Pool Championships, Table Tennis World Cup, England Netball Internationals, the Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final, Wheelchair Rugby League matches and the Invictus Games.

A series of exciting events for 2024 and beyond will shortly be announced, while in the short-term London Lions home fixtures, the London Youth Rowing championships and the launch of the London Pulse netball season are scheduled for March 2024.

The Arena also houses an 80-station gym and the new contract announcement coincides with confirmation of a £600k investment into the site’s gym and fitness class spaces – in response to increased demand from a growing local population. The upgraded gym facilities will include a new state-of-the-art functional suite and an expansive new fitness class programme. A wide range of memberships will be on offer including discounts for local residents and concessionary memberships.

Edward Fane, Head of Venues at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: “The Copper Box Arena is established as a thriving venue for national and international events as well as community sport, health and fitness. We are excited to continue working with GLL to build on the success of the last 10 years and bring in more high-profile events.

“This exciting high value contract is critically important to the long-term legacy of the London 2012 Games. Now working alongside the new cultural district at East Bank the Copper Box links the sporting legacy of 2012 with cultural and community events too and this is something we are keen to see flourish. We are delighted to be continuing to work in partnership with GLL to bring more high-profile events to the Park and build on the Arena’s hugely successful first decade.’

GLL’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Bundey said: “We are delighted to have retained the contract for the Copper Box Arena, safeguarding the venue’s Olympic Legacy for years to come.

“It is an extraordinary facility that brings thousands of people together to enjoy sports and community activities and is an integral part of the regeneration of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“We have strong relationships with the world class organisations, clubs and event promoters who call the venue home – so this extension of our partnership with LLDC ensures continuity, sustainability and further benefits for community users, spectators and sport.”

GLL will work with CBRE Global Workplace Solutions – a commercial real estate services and investments leader - to ensure the highest standard of maintenance for the venue, bringing improvements to technical operations, including health & safety, extended asset performance/life cycle, energy efficiency and staff training.

Alongside GLL, CBRE is a signatory to the Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) Buy Social Corporate Challenge, a ground-breaking initiative which will see CBRE commit to engaging with more social enterprises as part of a collective £1 billion spend with social enterprise suppliers.

Wes Montgomery, Business Unit Director at CBRE said: "We look forward to working with charitable social enterprise GLL as part of their operational contract at leading events venue CBA.

"We share GLL’s service excellence ethos and also have a strong relationship with other social enterprises in our supply chain. In partnership, we will provide strong support for the facility and its many and varied users."

The award has been made in another year of evolution for the Park, with the new East Bank cultural quarter at the Park, opening from summer 2023, and more and more people choosing to work, live and study on the Park.
More press releases and updates from GLL:
A sports complex might not be your first thought when you’re looking for a peaceful and comfortable, drop-in workspace. However, that could soon change thanks to an innovative new project at Basingstoke Leisure Centre.
The management team from ‘Better’ leisure centres in the Lewisham area is looking for local projects that need a helping hand.
Reading resident Tash Young is launching a sponsored swim on April 15 to raise money for a dear friend who is suffering from cancer.
Dudley borough’s libraries and archives service will continue to be provided by GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited) until November 2030.
GLL has partnered with national charity Carers UK, in support of its ‘Carers Active April’ campaign.
GLL
Address: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX, UK
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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Key personnel
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
Phil Donnay, deputy ceo
Mark Sesnan, OBE, chief officer and special adviser
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Companies we work with include Annodata, Physical Company, Technogym, Change Please and Divine Chocolate.

Local Authorities and Agencies we work with include Greenwich Council, Belfast City Council, Cardiff City Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, LLDC, ukactive, SportsAid, SportsAid Wales, Mary Peters Trust, Swim England and Sport England.
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Continue the strong bounce back from Covid, growing membership and sales.

Reducing barriers to participation by maintaining our concessions and Kids for a Quid scheme.

Partnering with UK Active, Community Leisure UK, the LGA, RLSS, Swim England and SEUK lobbying central and local government for financial support to meet the ‘existential threat’ to public leisure operators from utility price rises.
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“We made the decision to begin supporting the GLL Sport Foundation in 2015, and it is a pleasure to announce the renewal of our sponsorship with this incredible institution.

"Many bright and talented athletes throughout the United Kingdom are unable to chase their dreams of sporting glory due to lack of funding. We are passionate about helping GSF give equal opportunities to all young people and achieving their dreams of competing on the international stage.

"Our partnership enables both our brands to share the success of the UK’s most aspiring athletes who we are proud to have heard speak in such an inspirational way at our internal Sales Conferences and who have supported our marketing and brand development goals through representation and storytelling both in person and via social media”.
– Rod Tonna-Barthet, chief executive, Annodata
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"I am so thankful for the support I have received from GLL Sport Foundation. My first individual medal ever is extremely special, and I would not be here if it wasn’t for the support, I have received from the GLL ‘family’.”
– Daryll Neita, Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze and silver medalist, GLL Athlete
Testimonial
"This exciting new chapter cements the future of our six key sports venues and is part of our commitment to the many communities we serve far and wide. We have carefully structured this partnership with GLL to ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy the very best in these stellar, highly popular venues. We look forward to together creating exciting new programmes and activities that draw on the strengths of both organisations.

“These venues are part of the Lee Valley visitor experience and will continue to be so with some of the best facilities and most inspiring settings to be found anywhere. As part of the partnership Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will continue to invest to ensure that they go from strength to strength, delivering real impact for communities.”
– Shaun Dawson chief executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
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