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Right Structures Centre Stage at Buckingham Palace
Right Structures’ arched stage roof was a central feature at the spectacular Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace July 11-14.
The Coronation Festival took place over four days in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, celebrating the 60th anniversary year of The Queen's Coronation. Hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association it featured an exhibition showcasing over 200 suppliers to the royal household and a stunning evening gala performance from artists as diverse as The National Youth Orchestra to The Feeling and The National Ballet to Katherine Jenkins.
This was the company’s first event in England since it officially introduced its Geo Staging products to the European event market, supporting organisers Media 10 and show producers Hawthorns in the design and installation of the one-off production. Right Structures’ showcased the depth of talent from the in-house CAD designers, engineers, project management and installation team.
Right Structures’ modular product allowed event organiser Media 10 to achieve what no event ever has in this iconic location – build a stage against the backdrop of the palace itself. The contract was awarded to Right Structures following a competitive tender process by Hawthorns; who were entrusted by Media 10 to produce the technical production. Building on the 10m wide rear terrace of the palace, presented the whole team with its first challenge, so great care was required with just a 50cm gap between the stage and the palace walls.
Tom Walsh, Hawthorn’s technical production manager, comments: "This was a difficult space to produce an event of this scale; we needed a stage with a 10m depth to fit onto the terrace at the back of the palace. The steps weren’t able to bear any weight, and to top it off there are valuable 17th century ornate urns and lampposts across the area. The idea of having the stage here was to showcase that famous facade, so a ‘black box’ was never going to do. We knew we had our work cut out to find an inspiring solution.
"We spoke with many staging companies who were either over budget or declined to pitch due to the challenges. Right Structures’ product was ideal, and we knew it would work. It was unusual to use a virtually unknown company on such a big job. But it paid off – their product was perfect for the space, looked amazing and is incredibly unique in what it allows you to create."
The final stage featured an arch spanning 45m wide, 17m at the highest point and 10m deep, with white PVC skins. An additional 10m canopy was added at the front and supported by two hollow steel legs just 32cm wide, giving unbelievably clear sightlines to the live and TV audience. With a total weight loading capacity of 60 tonnes it allowed Hawthorns and broadcasters the BBC the flexibility to hang as much AV, PA and camera equipment as required.
Edward Zammit, Right Structures’ project manager said: "Our products have been used in Malta for a number of years, now with new investors we have a great opportunity to launch into the wider European market. The investment in bespoke elements to deliver this challenging project underlines the financial strength we now have with our new partners* to develop this product even further, keeping up with the industry’s needs and wants. We’re such a small island so people don’t expect you to have anything that isn’t available already. But we’ve always known that our product has a place in this market. It’s now no longer a case of saying that ‘we can do it’, now we have done it. And we’ve done it on the grandest scale imaginable, in one of the most sensitive, iconic locations in the world."
The stage was built using Right Structures’ Geo Stage, featuring modular steel components and nodes that can be used to create any shape. It negates the need to work at height as it is constructed at ground level; taking shape as each section is added. It was constructed in just 3.5 days and is extremely compact for transportation, in this case requiring just two trucks.
19th July 2013
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