Stage One

“Make every event phenomenal”.

Mahendi

Ceremonies.

Dramatic transformations

This flying pomegranate, complete with a thousand seeds,
produced one of the stand-out memories of the
Opening Ceremony for the 1st European Games in Baku.

Manufactured in-house, this 10m symbol of unity
combined fastidious technical and artistic detailing,
magically opening mid-flight to release its ‘seeds’.

Dramatic transformations are pivotal to creating
spectacular moments. In Baku, one such transformation
saw the vast ‘cracked earth’ stage morph into a mountain
mid-show, thanks to the careful coordination of
twenty concealed stage lifts.

Attention to detail
on a global stage

We’ve been behind the world’s most exciting ceremonies,
celebrated by billions of people across the world.

Each ceremony comes with hugely different creative
and technical requirements, meaning that our experience
becomes a valuable problem-solving resource.

In Vancouver, a constantly moving, inflatable stadium roof
saw us develop our monitoring and control technology
in order to line up projected images on flown scenery
with millimeter precision.

The hidden work
behind the magic

An iconic symbol of the London 2012 Olympic Games,
Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron was magical – and complex.

This elegant device comprised 204 individual copper petals
attached to 204 stainless steel stems and demanded absolute
precision for both its creation and breathtaking reveal.

With the world waiting in anticipation, the cauldron emerged
from under the stage to light up the games and create a truly
special moment that continues to resonate.

  1. The inflatable chimney stacks were simultaneously pulled up by our cablenet and pushed up by our stage lifts.

  2. The drive mechanism for the carriages on the cablenet were driven by a series of winch farms located on the roof of the Olympic stadium.

  3. The cablenet system above the stadium consisted of 14 cables meeting at a central hub, 38m above the stage.

  4. Additionally, we manufactured and installed automated scenic elements such as the waterwheel and beam engines for the Industrial Revolution section of the ceremony. Read more about these elements.

Helping you look good

We’ve been helping to create immersive and engaging
product launches, brand activations and all manner
of events for decades.

Delegates, special guests, the public: whoever
you wish to involve, we can build the entire
environment in which to bring it all to life.

From a simple but beautiful scenic build, to
automation, graphics and specialist finishes.

It's all about the people

Great relationships are important, whatever the
project or event. From your initial contact with our
Costings & Analysis team, you will be allocated
an experienced Project Handler whose job is to ensure
excellent communication and service across the board.

Our reputation is built not just on the performance
of our people, but on how we work with you.
Collaboration and a ‘can do’ attitude count for a lot.
Right up to the final touches, our crew are renowned
for always going that extra mile.

  1. We created a dynamic ‘Giant’s Causeway’ of 24 individually controlled platforms that emerged from beneath the surface an 8m reflective pool filled with 30 tonnes of black dyed water.

  2. Each platform was lifted and articulated by two independently operated hydraulic rams. The platforms took the car through a series of dynamic off-road type manoeuvres.

  3. This technologically innovative stand was first installed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and has since toured motor shows across the globe.

  4. The Geneva Motor Show welcomes over 700,000 visitors over a two week period. The automation package delivered meticulously engineered technology for both the Land Rover display and also a high-spec revolve for the Jaguar vehicle display.

  5. Further technology was provided in the form of two automated 6m by 3m high-res tracking screens to the rear of the stand mounted on 56m of purpose built track. These screens came together to form a single screen.

Graphics: visual
communication
spelt out

As a representation of your brand, graphics
communicate far more than the words
they spell or the images they present.

Our understanding of font, colour and
varieties of scale and format can be key
to achieving the best way to communicate
your message, reinforce your brand and
engage your audience.

From simple signage to an eye (or bubble)
popping logo: our in-house facilities ensure
accuracy whilst letting the creativity of your
brief flow.

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Games.

  • Events
  • Moments
  • Images

An experimental opportunity

The brief to create a temporary structure invites
a very different response from the architect and
similarly, requires a very different response from
us as manufacturer and builder.

The colourful chrysalis-like 2015 pavilion was
deliberately ephemeral. It explored the temporary
nature of the commission through the materials
used and employed a continually evolving and
highly experimental approach to the design.

Material diversity

Since 2009, we have constructed each of
the Serpentine pavilions, working with
some of the world’s most prominent
architects and producing a series of
vastly different demountable structures.

The pavilions have employed a wide range
of materials: wood, steel, cork, GRP and
EFTE to name a few; each structure using
them in new and interesting ways.

On this, the 2014 pavilion, we worked with
Smiljan Radic to develop the fibrous, textured
surface of the GRP panels.

A collaborative process

The build for each Serpentine pavilion has
followed more or less the same path and is
dictated primarily by the extremely tight
timeline. This, in turn, depends upon a
successful collaborative approach that includes
all parties, allowing rapid progress to be made
from the very outset.

The confined construction footprint limits
the type and quantity of work that can be
carried out on the site.

For Sou Fujimoto’s pavilion, we prefabricated
a series of 56 modules that were transported
by truck and fitted together on site.

Rapid prototyping

With such a tight timeline for each build,
our ability to quickly fabricate sample
sections, fixings, finishes and assembly
techniques – all in-house – comes into its
own. Our CAD and 3D printing facilities
in particular mean rapid and detailed
feedback for the architect and allow the
collaborative process to flourish.

For the subterranean 2012 pavilion, we
worked extensively with cork, an unusual
but surprisingly malleable material, cutting
and sculpting it in our workshops before
fitting, planing and sanding it on site.

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With Pride

  • Serpentine Pavilion
    2017
  • Architect
    Kéré Architecture
  • Photograph
    Ste Murray

An experimental opportunity

The brief to create a temporary structure invites
a very different response from the architect and
similarly, requires a very different response from
us as manufacturer and builder.

The colourful chrysalis-like 2015 pavilion was
deliberately ephemeral. It explored the temporary
nature of the commission through the materials
used and employed a continually evolving and
highly experimental approach to the design.

Material diversity

Since 2009, we have constructed each of
the Serpentine pavilions, working with
some of the world’s most prominent
architects and producing a series of
vastly different demountable structures.

The pavilions have employed a wide range
of materials: wood, steel, cork, GRP and
EFTE to name a few; each structure using
them in new and interesting ways.

On this, the 2014 pavilion, we worked with
Smiljan Radic to develop the fibrous, textured
surface of the GRP panels.

A collaborative process

The build for each Serpentine pavilion has
followed more or less the same path and is
dictated primarily by the extremely tight
timeline. This, in turn, depends upon a
successful collaborative approach that includes
all parties, allowing rapid progress to be made
from the very outset.

The confined construction footprint limits
the type and quantity of work that can be
carried out on the site.

For Sou Fujimoto’s pavilion, we prefabricated
a series of 56 modules that were transported
by truck and fitted together on site.

Different size,
same skills

Not all our projects are as large as the Sochi Ice
Breaker. At over 40 metres long and reaching
20 metres at her highest point, the amazingly
detailed giant was the largest scenic item we
have ever created.

Whatever the size, however, the same skills are
used to recreate our clients’ designs and achieve
astonishing detail for all sorts of scenic purposes,
whether gliding though a stadium, or driving
through the Yorkshire Dales.

The many layers
of detail

It’s is not just about the visual. Whilst we
create amazingly accurate reproductions
that really look the part, we also ensure
our scenic items perform.

Whether you need us to create a whole event
or to collaborate with others, our attention to
detail extends beyond the visual.

  1. A whole range of our in-house departments contributed to the launch event in Paris. Significant contributions were made from metalwork, CNC, hand sculpting, fibreglassing, chroming, scenic painting, hydraulic engineering and automation departments.

  2. Each of the precision replica boots made for this launch was 7 metres long – 25 times the boot’s normal size. They were revealed from within a giant ‘shoe box’ with an automated lid, both constructed from a steel frame, Layher scaffolding and a black gloss pvc covering.

  3. After scanning the original boot, our 5 axis CNC sculpting facilities carved the boots from polyurethane foam into nine manageable sections. these were secured around an armature to
    give strength and support. Fibreglassing was then used to consolidate the structure of each boot.

  4. After CNC sculpting, our highly skilled hand-sculpting team took over, creating the astonishing surface detailing and enhancing the shape. They scaled up and replicated a range of textures including leather and cast plastics, reproducing the laces and stitching by hand.

  5. We even created a series of separate giant chromed studs that were added to the boots on site. Despite the extremely short timeframe on this project, an extraordinary level of textural and visual detail was achieved.

Alchemy in the workshop

A great deal of research and testing goes
into creating some of the finishes we’ve
used. Understanding the processes behind
each stage of production, enables our scenic
team to use their knowledge of materials,
paints and finishes of all kinds to open up
a whole realm of creative possibilities for
our clients.

Sometimes it may look like alchemy, but
in reality, a whole wealth of experience,
knowledge and skill goes into achieving
these extraordinary results.

Different size,
same skills

Not all our projects are as large as the Sochi Ice
Breaker. At over 40 metres long and reaching
20 metres at her highest point, the amazingly
detailed giant was the largest scenic item we
have ever created.

Whatever the size, however, the same skills are
used to recreate our clients’ designs and achieve
astonishing detail for all sorts of scenic purposes,
whether gliding though a stadium, or driving
through the Yorkshire Dales.

The many layers
of detail

It’s is not just about the visual. Whilst we
create amazingly accurate reproductions
that really look the part, we also ensure
our scenic items perform.

Whether you need us to create a whole event
or to collaborate with others, our attention to
detail extends beyond the visual.

Different size,
same skills

Not all our projects are as large as the Sochi Ice
Breaker. At over 40 metres long and reaching
20 metres at her highest point, the amazingly
detailed giant was the largest scenic item we
have ever created.

Whatever the size, however, the same skills are
used to recreate our clients’ designs and achieve
astonishing detail for all sorts of scenic purposes,
whether gliding though a stadium, or driving
through the Yorkshire Dales.

The many layers
of detail

It’s is not just about the visual. Whilst we
create amazingly accurate reproductions
that really look the part, we also ensure
our scenic items perform.

Whether you need us to create a whole event
or to collaborate with others, our attention to
detail extends beyond the visual.

  1. A whole range of our in-house departments contributed to the launch event in Paris. Significant contributions were made from metalwork, CNC, hand sculpting, fibreglassing, chroming, scenic painting, hydraulic engineering and automation departments.

  2. Each of the precision replica boots made for this launch was 7 metres long – 25 times the boot’s normal size. They were revealed from within a giant ‘shoe box’ with an automated lid, both constructed from a steel frame, Layher scaffolding and a black gloss pvc covering.

  3. After scanning the original boot, our 5 axis CNC sculpting facilities carved the boots from polyurethane foam into nine manageable sections. these were secured around an armature to
    give strength and support. Fibreglassing was then used to consolidate the structure of each boot.

  4. After CNC sculpting, our highly skilled hand-sculpting team took over, creating the astonishing surface detailing and enhancing the shape. They scaled up and replicated a range of textures including leather and cast plastics, reproducing the laces and stitching by hand.

  5. We even created a series of separate giant chromed studs that were added to the boots on site. Despite the extremely short timeframe on this project, an extraordinary level of textural and visual detail was achieved.