Our clients inspire us. Their diverse challenges, environments and ambitions have made us the engineers we are today.
We put all our knowledge and experience into making their creative vision a reality, while respecting their strategic and commercial priorities.
Here are just some projects we’d like to share with you.
With its legendary production of The Woman in Black, the Fortune Theatre has chilled the spines of more than 7 million theatregoers, in an almost unbroken 25-year run. So when their flying system needed a refurb, it was a very big deal indeed.
They came to us as theatre engineers they could trust to do an expert job, at speed, and get it right first time. We handled the complete overhaul from inspection to refurbishment and certification. For maximum safety and peace of mind, we installed our own RopeSafe™ pulley system.
Creating a circle of light and warmth in the dead of a London winter was a triumph of creative vision and engineering ingenuity.
Argent commissioned the installation for Granary Square, the waterside public space at the heart of their King’s Cross development. Working with artists from Central St Martins, iStudio Projects designed, manufactured and installed a circular truss and steel framework that supported 12 ‘suns’.
Our main challenge was erecting the structure among trees valued at £25,000 each! Thanks to millimetre guidance, no tree was harmed during installation.
Warner Leisure Hotels’ brilliantly simple idea of offering grown-up breaks in beautiful UK locations has really taken off. So much so, that its Norton Grange Holiday Village is becoming a landmark venue for everything from stand-up comedy to jazz festivals, tribute acts and full orchestral performances.
The iStudio Projects team was asked to make a bespoke thrust stage for the hotel’s growing entertainment line-up. With our large manufacturing facilities, we were able to build the stage and test it in-house before it left the door.
Now Norton Grange has a safe, adaptable and professional stage that not only supports its acts, but its continuing commercial growth.
When you’re running a mid-sized performance venue and it doesn’t make financial sense to support a full stage crew, automation is the answer. However, for this approach to work properly, you need engineers who not only know their stuff but understand your commercial environment too.
We worked with Hertford Theatre, and the County Council, to produce a bid that delivered the technical equipment and services to open up new performance possibilities – all within budget.
We installed six pile-wind hoists with control unit, together with our RopeSafe™ pulley system. Now it just takes one person with a remote control to move scenery, enable exciting new effects, and conjure up amazing lighting. Meanwhile, crew members are freed up to work on other aspects of the production. Full automation training is given as part of our service package.
When a Victorian landmark like the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) needs refurbishing, the systems that enable access for building works can be as complex as the refurb itself. But it’s not what the paying public sees, so ingenious thinking is needed to keep costs down.
We not only delivered a modern, fit-for-purpose solution for RAH – we saved this charitable institution money, by adapting our engineering to fit their existing controls.
The project — In Progress
iStudio Projects is honoured to be part of Southbank’s ‘Let The Light In’ project – a £25 million refurbishment to ‘provide world-class arts venues that our audiences and artists expect and deserve’.
Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is a 900-seat venue in the Southbank complex, hosting daily classical and contemporary music and dance performances. Built in the late 1960s, it’s a world-famous example of brutalist architecture – but
Along with the Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, QEH closed in 2015 for two years of repair and maintenance. We were commissioned to provide new mechanical stage engineering works, together with a control system.
The project — In Progress