Glasgow European Championships

Project Case Study


A new era in world sport commenced in the Summer of 2018 with Glasgow and Berlin hosting the inaugural European Championships. The multi-sport event was staged over 12 prestigious sites in Glasgow and throughout Scotland during an 11 day celebration of world class sport.

The Championships were broadcast across Europe, with a potential television audience of over one billion. 

Whilst venues such as the iconic Emirates Arena and stunning SSE Hydro were already well equipped to host such sports events, the increased technical broadcasting requirements required additional standby power availability. The Technical Equipment Racks and Event Control Rooms for each venue also required Uninterruptible Power Supplies to ensure any power related issues would not interrupt the broadcasting schedule.


UPS Power Services were approached by a leading Scottish M&E contractor to participate in a competitive tender to produce a full technical and commercially compliant bid for the UPS solutions.

The Championships required all 12 venues to be covered with 31 x Uninterruptible Power Supplies with a back-up period of up to two hours in the event of a total mains failure.

The delivery, installation and commissioning of the UPS was to be co-ordinated with Aggreko who supplied over 60 standby generators, and also with the local venues which were being utilised by the public until a few days before the opening ceremonies at the beginning of August.

“Very professional company who offer a top class product and excellent customer service”

“I would highly recommend UPS Power Services to anyone”

“we excelled in providing the service and solution under a very tight, critical deadline”

The Project

Strict Deadline & Limited Delivery Window

With access to the venues restricted until the opening of the Championships, the project required delivery, offloading, positioning, installation and commissioning of all 31 UPS and batteries to be completed over a period of just four days.


Diligent Product Selection

When reviewing the requirements for broadcasting, networking, fibre connections, event control and anti-doping areas, UPS Power Services chose to utilise a range of Tripp Lite Online Double Conversion UPS to provide the highest level of power protection.

As a premium Tripp Lite Partner, UPS Power Services had available stock of the Smart-Online UPS range and associated batteries completing delivery to all sites within five days from being awarded the project. 

The Tripp Lite Smart Online range of UPS uses an Online Double Conversion technology providing the highest level of power protection which continually converts AC power into filtered DC power, then resynthesises it back to AC power with a pure sine wave. The range also provides zero transfer time to battery when a mains failure occurs.

Meticulous Logistics Management

The equipment for the entire project was delivered in advance to a secure logistics hub in Glasgow, preventing any possible courier delays or accidental damage. The UPS Power Services installation teams then delivered, sited and installed each UPS system at the local venue.

The install teams worked closely with the other stake holders to ensure each site was delivered, installed, commissioned and handed over to each Venue Technology Manager ready for power protection before the games commenced.


Robust Risk Assessments

Venues such as Cathkin Braes which hosted mountain biking and Loch Lomand with open water swimming had constructed temporary structures for the Event Control and Broadcasting Technology Equipment installation. With Health and Safety being paramount during construction, each UPS Power Services install team attended a H&S site induction before commencing the works. The full project management, including compiling site-specific risk assessments and method statements for the works onsite was handled by UPS Power Services.



Impeccable Time Management

The time scale of contract award to the commissioning of the last UPS unit was completed in just two weeks. All aspects of the project from stock availability, specialist delivery and engineer resources was completed in line with client expectation.

Mark Trolley – UPS Power Services Commercial Director commented “It was a real privilege for our company to be chosen to support the inaugural European Games in this manner. The award of the contract and successful completion proves that clients sometimes require more than simply ‘having large UK stocks’ as some manufacturer representatives like to shout about. The in-depth technical assistance as well as the willingness to be flexible in our approach and deployment offers further value, especially in this instance.”

Flourishing Tripp Lite Partnership Hails Success

The utilisation of Tripp Lite UPS by UPS Power Services for this project builds on the recent Premier Partner accreditation. 

Tripp Lite UPS stock up to 100kVA is now held centrally in UPS Power Services new Chesterfield facility for fast deployment on urgent replacement UPS requirements. 

As a Premier Partner, UPS Power Services also has priority access to the Tripp Lite main EMEA Hub in the Netherlands, meaning any Tripp Lite UPS can be onsite and installed within five working days.

Very professional company who offer a top class product and excellent customer service. I would highly recommend UPS Power Services.


Project Manager, Leading Scottish M&E Contractor

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