Centreplate wins 10-year contract for Copper Box Arena

The UK division for catering operator Centreplate has secured a ten-year contract to manage all event and public catering at the 7,500-seat Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The decision was made by sport and leisure operator GLL and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) after a series of caterers had to bid for the contract and highlight their commitment to a series of schemes such as LLDC’s Food Legacy Pledge, the Healthier Catering Commitment and LLDC’s Priority Theme Initiatives.

While the full value of the deal has not been revealed yet, the deal will include offering services for all sporting events, such as the boxing match series, concerts, dinners, conferences, events and for the  London Lions Basketball Team, which are now based at the arena. The arena itself also has the Copper Box Cafe, 40-cover seating outside and a series of pop-up restaurants and bars for large events. It is hoped that Centreplate will create a series of hospitality jobs, training local people through a new apprenticeship scheme.

GLL procurement manager Robert Jamieson said: "We had a rigorous process when selecting our catering partners for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and they needed to demonstrate that their approach and business is fully aligned with the GLL and LLDC’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy which benefits both the local community and the whole of Britain and British sport."

Centreplate not only has been managing hospitality services at the Copper Arena since July 2013, but its UK division has a portfolio of 51 sites, including the Studio Tour Café at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. This attraction alone brings in around one million visitors every year.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry.