The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just days away, and whilst the media has been focusing on the happy couple and their preparations, the Windsor team on our South East Regional Prime contract have been quietly working behind the scenes, lending their support to help ensure the day goes without a hitch.
Andrew Dobson, our Delivery Manager at Windsor, tells us about the small but important part we are playing in the run up to the event. “Although we’re not doing anything directly for the wedding, we are acting very much in a support role. From today, the entrance and exit points on site will be locked down to authorised personnel and we’ll be working from other locations for the rest of the week.
This has meant that we’ve had to prioritise all planned and reactive maintenance activities that were due to take place over the next three days, and thanks to the support provided by our supply chain partner, Antac, we’ve managed to complete all scheduled tasks in advance so as not to disrupt the wedding operations, although we do have a team on standby should any maintenance issues arise.”
In the run up to the wedding, a request was made to install additional CCTV cameras to monitor the couple and their guests as they make their way to and from Windsor Castle. With a short timescale to meet, our team worked closely with our specialist contractor, Chartwell, and colleagues from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to push the request through – and despite only gaining approval last Wednesday, the CCTV cameras were sourced and installed within just a few days.
Andrew added, “With so many people involved in the ceremony, there’s been an increase in the amount of people coming onto site. In order to house the large security team and the extra Service personnel that are involved in the event, we’ve erected a large marquee in the grounds of a neighbouring site to accommodate them.”
Both Prince Harry and Prince William have been stationed at the barracks in Windsor during their Armed Forces careers so our team feel extra proud that they’ve been able to play a small but significant part in the run up to the celebrations.
John Riley, Operations Director South East said “The event on Saturday will be showcased across the world and I’m really proud of our team who have worked quietly and methodically in the background to ensure minimum disruption at our sites. There will be more than 250 Service personnel taking part in the celebrations on Saturday which will act as a reminder of the important role that the Armed Forces play and will also be a nod to Harry’s military background.”