RG Jones was contracted to provide complete public address crowd control systems across London for the New Year Celebrations.
Horn-type loudspeakers are clamped to street lamp posts providing coverage across the key firework viewing areas including Waterloo and Westminster Bridge and the Embankment. Further systems were installed in Parliament Square, and at all street entrances to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.
RG Jones Senior Project Manager and Director Andrew Williamson has been involved with this job year in and year out for as long as he can remember. "Due to the nature of the work in pedestrian areas, the majority of the rigging has to take place overnight to reduce risks to the general public. My crew were outstanding, having to work at speed in difficult situations, we were using a truck-mount boom for the overhead work and needed to put in a traffic management system to protect the crew and the hoists. Each year the requirements and the restrictions increase, the crew need to be diverse and thorough and not averse to wearing a full set of long-johns…it really does get very cold indeed!"
And so despite the rigours of long days, extremes of temperature, traffic management and the unavoidable road-rage attacks suffered as a result, the indomitable RG Jones boys and girls kept up their new year spirits - well done chaps, and keep up the good work!