Hartlepool firm handles contract for work at top arena

The Hydrochem team.
The Hydrochem team.
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A Hartlepool water treatment specialist is working with a global event management company to handle one of the biggest arenas in the region.

Town-based Hydrochem (UK) has a contract with SMG which works with major venues including stadiums. The deal means it handles maintenance at the 11,400 capacity Metro Radio Arena, in Newcastle. Latest figures show 750,000 people come through the Arena doors each year.

It is quite a complex system when you consider the number of toilets, sinks and showers which are located around the Arena as well as the volume of bars, corporate areas and catering facilities which also need to be constantly monitored

John Pillans, who looks after the plumbing at the Metro Radio Arena on behalf of SMG Europe

John Pillans, who looks after the plumbing at the Metro Radio Arena on behalf of SMG Europe, said: “It is quite a complex system when you consider the number of toilets, sinks and showers which are located around the Arena as well as the volume of bars, corporate areas and catering facilities which also need to be constantly monitored.

“But working alongside Hydrochem means we stay on top of the system, and their checks keep us safe and within the guidelines which is obviously extremely important for a venue of this size and the amount of customers who come through the doors each week.”

Hydrochem was founded in 1987, and has numerous health clubs, hotels and leisure facilities on its client portfolio. It specialises in inspecting water systems, diagnosing problems and then supplying solutions for facilities which also include the likes of swimming pools and spas.

Hydrochem engineer Lee Smith said: “The work we carry out at the Metro Radio Arena involves checking temperatures of the water systems including flow and returns, the sentinel points and bacteriological quality of the water.”