An Irish company has won a top award for this terrifying icy assault course

Actavo / Events has been named best staging company at the Event Production Awards for its role in assisting Red Bull’s Crashed Ice production team with the installation of a 430 metre downhill skating platform in Belfast.

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AN IRISH EVENTS company has won a top international staging award for its role in assisting in the installation of a terrifying, 430-metre-high downhill ice slope for an event in Belfast last year.

Actavo / Events were involved in the installation of the incredible skating lane used for the Red Bull Crashed Ice tour when it made its way to Northern Ireland in February 2015.

You may even recall that one of our own at got to experience the madness first-hand – and fortunately survived to tell the tale.

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Now Actavo has been recognised for its achievements by being named Best Staging Company at the industry’s Event Production Awards in London.

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“The award recognises our innovation and ability to react to last minute changes, which resulted in the fastest and most complex track so far in the event’s history,” said Emily Huddart, business development manager at Actavo.

The accolade is a fitting acknowledgement of the commitment of the entire Actavo team – both front-of-house and back-stage, on-site crew – and the services we provide.

The track was built by the Red Bull Crashed Ice production team, assisted by Actavo | Events, in front of Parliament buildings at the Stormont Estate in Belfast for the event which ran over two days last February.

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The event in question was the Belfast leg of the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, which saw 140 expert down-hill skaters performing.

A crowd of 40,000 were accommodated at track-side, and they got to witness professional skaters reaching speeds of up to 60 km/h over the hair-raising course.

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