Limited Edition Event Design contract IPS for Skyfall Premiere

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Prolyte Truss and Layher Scaffolding-based structures got the James Bond treatment when they were dressed and branded for the Royal Albert Hall premiere of Skyfall. Milton Keynes-based Impact Production Services (IPS) was contracted by Limited Edition Event Design to supply all lighting, staging and rigging for the star-studded event.

IPS supplied intelligent lighting fixtures from Martin, Clay Paky and Studio Due, along with a substantial quantity of generic fixtures.

Over 300-metres of Prolyte Truss was used to construct a large banner frame on the roadway, and a series of MPT-based lighting towers along the red carpet. The focal point of the entrance area was a stage constructed from Layher EV100 Event Decks, forming part of a structure also incorporating Layher Allround scaffolding system components, and Prolyte H30V trussing to provide a platform for the famous James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – lowered into place via HIAB.

IPS then built a platform on top of the rear support tower to hold the large 007 logo. The stage was flanked on either side by seven-metre high Layher-based structures that were dressed with LED screens.

Elsewhere onsite, IPS also used the LiteDeck modular staging system to create a tiered press photographers platform, and camera platforms. All structural elements were subject to planning approval from the stringent requirements of Westminster Council, and over 20 tons of ballast was used to ensure that everything was correctly wind rated.

IPS worked with CCS Consulting and Layher to ensure that all the structures could safely support their design loads, along with the required wind loadings, a project managed by IPS’ Tom Warden.

The premiere’s lighting design had to incorporate architectural lighting of the Royal Albert Hall façade, lighting of the large red carpet area for the extensive press coverage of the celebrity and the royal guests, as well as the attention grabbing beams that featured in the television coverage.

All the equipment was installed over three days, working within the restrictions of the Royal Albert Hall’s listed status, and considerations for the local residents.