Inscapes Millenium Stadium pitch job stars on TV

Logistics of Millennium Stadium pitch reinstatement provides focus for Eddie Stobart truck show.

A television crew has been focusing on a convoy of giant trucks shifting tonnes of turf to Wales for a logistical monster job by landscape contractor Inscapes.

The 30-strong contract staff were featured last Friday (20 April) on Channel 5's Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers. The show looked at the removal and reinstatement of the modular pitch at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

"The work almost always has to be undertaken in a tight time window, which means our teams work in shifts," said Inscapes managing director Gareth Rees. In Cardiff, 10,000sq m of turf was laid in a three-day job.

The move involved delivering 160 articulated lorry loads to a storage area close to the stadium. The material was trucked from County Turf based in Scunthorpe and loaded onto 15 forklift trucks, which were kept constantly busy.

Rees added: "The most challenging aspect was not working around the TV crews, which was no problem, but the logistics of shifting tonnes of materials with all those trucks and forklifts.

"There is only one entrance - everything had to be fed under the stadium bowl. Making sure that a steady flow of vehicles were where they had to be on time was a tricky business, but worked well."

The television series, which returned for a third season in March, charts progress at the 2,280-truck Eddie Stobart transport and logistics super-brand. The show, by Princess Productions, regularly attracts more than 1.8 million viewers.

INSIDE VIEW

"The show gives an insight into the daily challenges our drivers face in the fast-paced logistics industry, which include deliveries around the clock."

William Stobart, group chief operating officer, Stobart Group


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