The East of England Arena and Events Centre has taken delivery of its £175k investment in brand new plant and machinery, upgrading and expanding the existing fleet of tractors, utility vehicles, handling equipment and mowers used to move, build and manage the 250 acre indoor and outdoor exhibition venue, with the last unit delivered on April 19, 2022.
East of England Arena has now taken delivery of a new Kubota M5112 tractor, two new utility vehicles – one diesel and one electric – a new 12-metre electric scissor lift, and a Manitou MT 933 telehandler, in addition to a zero-turn mower deck, a 6m triple gang mower and a 3-metre dropside trailer.
Lee Sharp, managing director, East of England Arena, said, “We have made this investment in equipment and vehicles to increase the ease and efficiency of several important aspects of running the venue, including managing 200 acres of grassed outdoor event space and moving people, goods and materials around our extensive site. These new machines bring our fleet right up to date and will repay our investment over time with increased capacity and scope for new events.”
Dean Wyers, East of England Arena’s site foreman, explained the arena’s choice of new plant and groundskeeping equipment saying, “These machines are robust and well made,” he said, “particularly the Kubota and Manitou units. Reliability is key for us as we can often have just two days turnaround to get the site looking pristine for the next event, and we’re confident that they will provide this. They also have good service access which is essential as we maintain all our vehicles on-site.”