The build-up to the Singapore Grand Prix

Unlike some of the more historic homes of motor sport, the team behind the Singapore Grand Prix builds its venue every year. In the ten weeks preceding the event, the track barriers, the grandstands and even the ticket booths are gradually taken out of storage and assembled at Marina Bay.

Garry Moorcroft from SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business is one of the people involved in this transformation. He discusses his role in turning downtown Singapore into a world-class sports and lifestyle destination and explains why that job is even more challenging in the dark.

There’s more than excitement building in Singapore. With just weeks to go before the Grand Prix, the team transforming an urban area into a racing circuit and park is entering the home straight. ‘The construction process is very carefully orchestrated,’ says Garry Moorcroft from Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group and the engineering project managers of the event. ‘We know exactly when to start bringing the structures to the site, and when they’ll arrive. We also know how long it will take contractors to install them.’

Garry and his team oversee the erection of more than 40 transportable buildings that will be used by the food and drink vendors on Circuit Park, or will house amenities and services. He must ensure each facility meets the expectations of his client, race promoter, Singapore GP Pte Ltd (Singapore GP), and the standards set by authorities even though the structures are only in use over one long weekend.

Much of Garry’s and his team’s work is carried out - and remains - behind the scenes. A network of essential services criss-crosses the Park but patrons may never know it’s there. ‘We are always searching for new ways to disguise the power, water, phone and data connections that we install throughout the site,' Garry explains. ‘The goal is to keep them out of sight and therefore out of people’s mind.’

Garry admits a lot of time and energy goes into planning for this event. Working closely with Singapore GP, it takes his team 10 months in total to get ready for three days and two nights. Some of the complexity is the result of the race being held at night. ‘The biggest challenge we face is keeping the lights on,’ he says. ‘People need to be able to move around Circuit Park safely and comfortably so we illuminate the walkways, the facilities and even the signs. As a result, there are a lot of temporary power connections on the Park.’

And yet, Garry and many of his colleagues have been working with the Grand Prix promoters for the past 10 years. ‘The team enjoys what they do. We have a strong and collaborative relationship with Singapore GP so people like the working environment, and of course the excitement of the event.’

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