Network Rail prepares for annual partnership awards

Agency Glasgows is to deliver the Network Rail Partnership Awards 2014 at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London tonight (2 July) with the brand using projection mapping for the first time in the event's history.

Network Rail prepares for annual partnership awards
Network Rail prepares for annual partnership awards

Around 500 of external suppliers will attend Network Rail's sixth annual black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony.

This will be the first event Network Rail has run with Glasgows under its new tender agreement and it will be the first time Network Rail has used projection mapping at an awards ceremony.

Rebecca Harmer, marketing specialist, Network Rail, said: "Glasgows has provided an out of the box projection map set design solution for this year’s Partnership awards. Although we have looked at using projection mapping in the past, cost has always been a major concern and we have not been able to justify the use.

"This year however, with Glasgow’s pre-designed set we have been able to save costs and are incredibly excited to show our audience a much more interactive, emotive experience."

The awards are open to organisations and individuals, excluding Network Rail and its employees, who have worked with the company between January 2013 and April 2014.

In this time period, Network Rail has worked with more than 4,000 suppliers, more than 60% of which are small- and medium-sized enterprises. Entries range from local community tree-planting projects; to educating children on railway safety through martial arts clubs; to solutions for preventing cable theft; to large-scale, multimillion-pound projects such as the Birmingham New Street station redevelopment and the Forth Bridge restoration.

Nominations for the awards closed on 28 March and entries were submitted online. Judging was conducted through a two-stage process. In the first instance, entries were short-listed by a team of specialists from Network Rail. A final judging panel, which included senior representatives from the rail industry, then selected the winning entries.

The 2013 awards ceremony was held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge in London.

Last week, C&IT exclusively revealed that Network Rail's relocation to new offices at the end of the year will result in redundancies and significant changes to its events team.

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