SLX wins contract to provide broadcast lighting solution for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games


November 10, 2021

SLX has been appointed as the official broadcast lighting provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The company has been awarded a major contract to supply the complete sports and broadcast lighting package for Birmingham 2022 next summer.

After a comprehensive tender process, SLX was chosen to help deliver the global sporting event. The company will provide more than 2,000 LED fixtures to a wide variety of sports over the course of two weeks, at more than 15 competition, non-competition and training venues.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see around 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete from 28 July until 8 August 2022. As the biggest event ever to be held in the West Midlands, it is expected to attract more than one million spectators to the city and have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.

SLX will provide innovative lighting solutions, ensuring the demanding requirements for both sport and broadcast are met. Project Director Russell Payne will be working with world-renowned lighting designers David Lewis and Nick Collier, both of whom have decades of experience in broadcast lighting operations for sporting events and other major events in venues around the world.

SLX is committed to supporting the Government’s vision for corporate social responsibility in terms of businesses taking account of their economic, social and environmental impacts.
SLX provides events all over the UK and always ensures that the company sources locally and is feeding back into the local SME economy. For Birmingham 2022 SLX is sourcing 100% of their local crew from Birmingham through a long-established local supplier of SLX. In addition, SLX is committed that all their lifting and access plant will also be sourced from local Birmingham suppliers.

SLX CEO Alastair Currie commented: “Working together with Birmingham 2022 means a huge amount to SLX, as it enables us to continue to navigate our way through Covid-19 with more certainty. The contract has also helped us steer our social values and sustainability agenda, which is really driving change within our business. We are very much looking forward to working as a key partner to the Games and contributing to the legacy of Birmingham 2022 not only by delivering the broadcast lighting solution but also by supporting business and creating employment opportunities in Birmingham and beyond.”

Arda Ates, Head of VDO Central Services, said: “We are delighted that SLX is joining us as our Official Broadcast Lighting Provider. SLX has a wealth of experience in large-scale events and we’re confident the team will help us deliver incredible Games. SLX has an excellent reputation in this specialist market and we look forward to working together with the organisation to enhance the entire spectator experience and bring our event to life.”

Commonwealth Games Federation Executive Director Martin Reynolds said: “We are delighted to be partnering with SLX as the company become the Official Broadcast Lighting Provider for Birmingham 2022. SLX has significant expertise and is committed to creating local jobs in the region, helping us deliver a fantastic Commonwealth Games as well as a continued legacy.”

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