Structures: Frequently Asked Questions
Where can you build this stage?
Pretty much anywhere - fields, parks, beaches, car parks are all places we frequently come across, and we can build the stage on most surfaces, including concrete, grass, tarmac, paving, or sand. We use water ballast (1 tonne IBCs) as the only method of anchoring the stage to the ground - this is moved into place on site either before being filled with water or after using plant equipment. There are no permanent or temporary anchor positions fixed into the ground, making the stage suitable for use on any surface, providing the ground is solid and stable enough to support the loads being placed on it.
Do you provide structures indoors?
Yes. At first building a stage structure indoors might seem an odd idea, however as not all buildings can support lighting, sound and video equipment being suspended from the ceiling we can supply a ground support system to take equipment loads. Again this requires no fixings in any surface, and we take precautions to ensure that the floor surface is protected. This means you can take any building and build a stage with truss overhead for lights, sound and video, without any permanent fixings to the building whatsoever. This type of work always requires a site visit.
Aren't you based on the Isle of Wight? Is this a problem?
Yes, but we also operate from Andover in Hampshire in order to service our mainland-based customers, which is within reaching distance of the A34, M3, M4 and M40. For all stage hire orders over £950 delivery is included within 75 miles of our Andover office at no cost to you! If your event is on the Isle of Wight then similarly there's no expensive ferry costs, so we can usually beat our 'mainland-based' competitors hands down!
What do you cover?
Pretty much anywhere. We're no strangers to work as far away Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and even into Europe, however we consider Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucstershire, Hertfordshire and Greater London as our stomping ground, and can supply sound, lighting and stages to events in Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Reading, Newbury, Oxford, Bath,Bristol, Brighton and Basingstoke... and further beyond including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Do I need to supply anything on site?
- Plant: Whilst the stage itself requires no plant to construct it, site access can sometimes mean material handling equipment such as a telehandler are required to move the equipment from our transport to the build site. In addition we require a supply of water which will be tied up for several hours.
- Water: Depending on the proximity of this water supply to the stage this sometimes necessitates the need for a telehander or forklift to move the ballast once it has been filled.
- Power: For all stages and structures other than our 6m x 5m structure a 3 phase 32A supply is required on site. This is generally provided by a generator. We can provide a price for the provision of a generator to fulfil this requirement if required.
Do I need to supply local crew?
This depends on access to the site, availability of water supply and any limitations on build time and would be discussed during a site visit.
Do you need to visit the site?
Generally yes, unless we know the site well. In a visit we will assess access, ground conditions, obstacles (such as trees, posts, overhead power lines), assess any land gradients and generally get an understanding for the site layout for your event. Whilst CAD drawings usually show most of these, they are not a substitute for a site visit with you.
How long does a stage take to build and take down?
Depending on access conditions a stage build generally takes around a day, possibly longer if lighting or additional features such as wings or cowsheds are fitted during the build, and also depending on the size and height of the platform. Breakdown generally takes between 5 and 7 hours. Other structures are generally quicker.
What about security?
You would need to ensure the site is secure whilst the structure is unattended - on private land this is less of a problem but in open and publicly accessible spaces you should allow for some kind of overnight site security to ensure the equipment is secure - remember that the safety of the public remains your responsibility whilst the site is unattended. Whilst the structure itself is of course safe, the dangers of falls from height and the other hazards present on an events site (such as trailing cables and high-voltage electrical supplies) means that the general public should be kept away from any production site, and must never be allow to climb on any structure.