The complex integration
of engineering, technology &
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’.
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.
Cablenet & Qmotion:
Our eighth Olympic Games saw us deliver a
catenary based flying system in PyeongChang’s
purpose-built open-air stadium. The flying system
comprised four catenary lines attached to four
60m towers outside the stadium perimeter, our crew
working 50m above the field of play.
The flying system helped deliver three ceremonies:
a giant pyrotechnic effect for the Olympic Opening and
deploying the beautiful seven-storey Korean roof
for the Closing Ceremony.
A new era in ceremony
automation & control
Our ground-breaking track system powered all four Sochi
Winter Olympic ceremonies, opening up the creative
possibilities of the vast space within Fisht stadium.
The system comprised nine tracks, each with up to nine
carriages, useing buzz bar technology to guide the complex
choreography of performers and super-sized scenic
elements at high speeds and to pinpoint accuracy.
The system facilitated over 400 axes of movement
for a stunning series of performances.
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Design development &
Stage One offers a comprehensive design service, supported by in-house structural,
mechanical, and electrical engineers. The key benefit of having these resources
under one roof is streamlined design development, built upon a foundation of expert
Delivery of immersive experiences often involves multiple specialist contractors
each with their own spatial and technical design requirements. Whether it’s video,
audio, lighting, or SFX, Stage One can coordinate these elements within its modelling,
producing a comprehensive 3D package, right down to the last nut, bolt, and cable.
We are fully conversant in up-to-date BIM (Building Information Modelling) techniques
for seamless integration with architects, consulting engineers, and the construction
An important consideration during design development is how project elements will
interact with their venue or destination. In addition to integration with architects’
3D data, Stage One utilises 3D scanning technology to create a millimetre-perfect model
of the as-built venue; this is especially useful when working within historic structures.
As such, we have the ability to identify and design out any incompatibilities during the
pre-construction phase, mitigating the risk of on-site clashes and ensuring smooth project
Integrated & interactive scenic
With a long history of building scenic elements and a strong hold on technology, we are
able to create interactive elements that not only look great but engage an audience time
Building elements that both visitors and live performers can interact with creates an
environment that is as educational as it is entertaining. Bringing this all together can also
create a platform for brand building that is more powerful than almost anything else.
Building brand value
Having delivered some of the world’s most prestigious brand houses, we know all about
installing a visitor experience that perfectly reflects a brand’s core values. We know that
guests won’t necessarily remember what they read. But they will remember how they
felt during their visit.
Building sensory and visual cues that connect with visitors is an essential part of the overall
experience. And so we make sure that the quality of the installation, the choice of materials
and the overall look and feel works to amplify the very best of your brand.
Immersive show action
We’ve grown up around performance. We know that creating ‘moments’ is one of the best
ways to create memories. And that’s why we’re able to create show action that blends video,
lighting, sound, technology and automation.
The ability to create new show action formats keeps the visitor experience fresh and encourages
visitors to return time and time again.
Elegantly crafted elements
Whatever the profile of your audience, we know that well-crafted execution of
exhibits is more important than ever. As competition for destination experiences
continues to grow we know that visitors are quick to judge the quality of installations.
That’s why we take pride in delivering the best possible output across a wide range of
creative styles and budgets. And we’ll work with your designers to find the optimum
way of delivering against the creative intent.
'So when can we come back?'
And whilst high-end finish and cutting-edge interactives are important, we know that there will
always be a time when we need to let off some steam. So we are just as happy crafting things
to climb on as things that look incredible. Indeed sometimes we do both.
We know how to use the right materials so that visitors are safe so and your installations will look
as good for today’s visitors as they do for tomorrow’s.
Find out more
We love to engage with clients at any stage of a project. From helping advise on buildability
and budgets, through to participation in formal tender processes.
We have a large body of knowledge that we’re happy to share. And it all begins with a simple
email or a phone call.
Find out how to contact us here.
developing new ideas.
An opportunity to experiment
Experimentation and innovation go hand
in hand with pavilions. These structures invite
new ideas and offer fertile ground for testing
and trying out new materials and methods.
Modular and maze-like, this pavilion was
designed to challenge the way we build our
homes and cities. Seventeen inter-connected
modules of cross-laminated American tulipwood
created a flexible and sustainable structure.
a world of difference
Since 2009, we have constructed each of
the Serpentine Galleries summer pavilions,
working with architectural talent from across
the world and producing a series of vastly
different demountable structures.
Francis Kéré’s 2017 pavilion was inspired by
a tree in his local village. A large, generous
canopy of cantilevered steel rose from a central
support, panels of slatted wood and curved
indigo walls providing shade, shelter and
a place to meet.
Pavilions often come with challenging timelines.
Our rapid prototyping capability means we can
fabricate sample sections, fixings, finishes and
assembly techniques in-house, providing timely
and detailed feedback to architects, allowing the
collaborative process to flourish.
With 169,300 parts assembled in 32 horizontal
layers, every single component of the multi-
award-winning Hive was created in our workshops.
Installed in Milan for the 2015 Expo, we then
relocated it to a new home in the Royal Botanic
Gardens at Kew.
The pavilions we’ve worked on have employed a huge
range of materials. From wood, steel and stone to
EFTE, GRP and cork: each structure has used materials
in new and interesting ways. This exciting diversity
has enabled us to use different skills each time.
Our first major pavilion back in 2007 saw us develop
a new FRP production process, reducing timescale
and costs. Every single one of the 400 FRP panels
for the ZHA-designed Chanel pavilion was different:
not just in size but also in 3D geometry.
whatever the brief
Great scenic doesn't
grow on trees
Compelling scenic elements change ordinary
environments into things people remember
forever. And it doesn’t have to be hard to
come by – if you know who to ask.
Whether you’re in the market for a
giant piece of scenery big enough to fill an
aircraft hangar, or a pocket sized item that
fits in the palm of your hand, you’ll find
we’ve got the skills to make it.
Quality where it counts
Whatever the occasion, we can set the scene with
precision and an immaculate attention to detail,
or create a beautifully finished show-stopping
We go wherever your brief takes us.
Whatever the scale
If you want a 40 metre replica ice breaker,
we can build you one. Most of our work,
however, is considerably smaller.
Regardless of size, or quantity, the same
skills are used to recreate all our clients’
designs, achieving astonishing detail
for all sorts of scenic purposes.
Fine detail and realism
by the barrel-full
We have a wealth and diversity of expertise
that we’d love to share. From traditional
skills, materials and finishes to the latest
digital technology: our workshops and decades
of experience are a unique resource.
Not only will we find the right solution for
your project, but our capacity enables us to
respond, manufacture and deliver quickly,
often to the shortest of lead times.
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Creating bespoke experiential
and corporate environments
Helping you look good
As set builders we’ve been helping to create
immersive and engaging product launches, brand
activations, exhibitions 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.
We manufacture and install everything for your
event, exhibition or launch.
We've got you covered
It doesn’t matter if your event is a festival, a corporate
gig, a product launch, a private party, an exhibition
or a simple piece of brand activation. From an eye-catching
centrepiece to the creation of fully immersive environments,
we build them all.
We have carpenters, metal workers, painters and a very
capable crew who will travel anywhere in the world to
install your set. And we’ll do it quickly.
Take a look at the range of projects we deliver here.
to the experience
It’s been over thirty years since we first suspended
a car and spun it around in mid air. Executing dramatic
manoeuvres with motor vehicles is where our Qmotion
automation system began.
These days we can offer over 400 axes of complex
movement, but you don’t have to use them all at
once. Our skills can be applied across a range of
scales, delivering ingenious technical effects for
projects large and small.
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.
TV & Film.
Facilities, sets and scenery
for broadcast and cinema
TV & Film.
& when it counts
Our experienced site crews understand
the challenges and deadlines of TV
and film. They are renowned for getting
the job done, to the highest of standards,
achieving camera-ready results at precisely
the right time.
accurate & fast
Our CNC facilities are available as a
stand-alone service for sculpting multiples
or one-off items, from a range of foam or
All work is carried out by experienced technicians
who understand the demands of the creative
industries. We can offer a quick turnaround and
have the flexibility to accommodate tight deadlines
and filming schedules.
Winch & hoist hire for
Our precision high-speed systems have enabled
Lara Croft & 007 to defy gravity and provided the
drive behind all manner of special effects.
We design and manufacture our kit in-house,
controlling quality, performance and reliability.
Partnered with our Qmotion control systems,
our kit also comes with fully trained operators
or training for your own personnel, if required.
We have a vast inventory of kit in stock
available for long or short term hire.
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The test of time
Durability is important for long-running
TV shows and these sets need to be built
to stand the test of time.
As cost is important, we also undertake
set refurbishment, extending the life of a
well-designed set by giving it a brand new look.
When a large scale global event requires
multiple projects all at the same time, our
capacity and experience really come into
The practical expertise
enabling the artistic vision
Playing to the gallery
Facilitating art installations makes good
use of our skills. Precision, patience and
care are all important. Listening to and
understanding the artist’s creative intent
are, however, paramount.
Our work in the creative industries
draws on the practical, technical
and creative, making us ideally placed
to assist in public realm art of all kinds.
From felt pen sketch to
home for 10,000 bowls
Of course you don’t have to know exactly
what you want when you contact us, we
can work with you to develop and refine
an idea or method.
Ceramicist Clare Twomey brought a felt-pen
sketch when she came to visit us. We
worked with her idea, refining the design
to create shelving that precisely suited the
needs of her work, as well as the structural
considerations of the newly renovated gallery.
Lifting design off
Turning a two dimensional design into
a three dimensional reality can present
some unique challenges.
For these intricate sculptures, the primary
challenge came in the form of text. When
2D text is wrapped around a 3D model, retaining
proportions and legibility becomes a major
consideration. We worked with Jaguar’s
designs, developing the 3D drawings to
work out the best method of manufacture,
retaining both the creative and communicative
intent of the design.
Whatever the context
Inside. Outside. Glass case or plinth.
Suspended from the ceiling or carefully
fixed to the structure of an historic building.
And whether it’s creating the sculpture itself,
carrying out structural calculations, groundworks,
rigging or the finer points of installation: we’ll
pull together all the strands of your project.
It's where we began
and where we
continue to innovate
Our theatre credentials go back decades
and our experience takes in the West End,
regional theatre and venues across the world.
The capacity and diversity of our workshops is
what makes us different. With 14,000sqm of
high-tech workshop space at our disposal
across three aircraft hangars, we can realise
the most complex and challenging designs.
& Technical Services
From a design brief and the very first series
of producer & production meetings, we can
provide consultancy for cost planning and
technical specifications, including proof of
concept for significant scenic elements.
R&D and innovation is in our nature and we
have the facilities and people to test your ideas.
Even the kitchen sink
Whatever your production requires, we can
provide it. Above and below the stage, we
manufacture our own equipment in-house
but also have a huge range of stock kit
you can hire. On stage, we have a deft and
experienced hand, transforming set designs
into audience-thrilling reality.
to complex solutions
Our design team, engineers and scenic departments
have created some of the most iconic productions
and toured them across the globe.
Scale is relative.
We can accommodate both large and small.