Haymarket Hotel – Stage in a Pool

Fugitive Studios

When our good friends at Colour Sound Experiment asked us if we could build a stage in a swimming pool, the first thought was “Why not – everything is possible!?” Less than a week later we were donning wetsuits, snorkels, and trying to fathom out how not to keep the stage dry so the carpet would stick to it!

We opted to use brand new SC90 staging decks and S9600 Leg Frames to build the structure, mainly because the leg frames could be assembled and braced “on dry land”.  The frames have adjustable feet to cater for the slight (8mm) variations on the floor of the pool.  Finally the S9600 Leg Frame and associated leg sharing node also allowed fewer frames to be used for the same amount of deck.

The visible underwater bracing and leg frames proved popular with the client, who suggested that despite our initial plans to wrap the sides of the stage in a reflective wrap the underwater architecture really gave the impression of “hardcore scaffolding action”.

Building a stage in a pool full of water adds a new exciting dimension to “work”.  In the run up to the installation we performed a number of water sample tests and theoretical calculations to determine the likelihood of any corrosion of the aluminium or galvanised steel on the leg frames.

Despite the stage being relatively small, working in water is an incredibly slow and tiring process, requiring double the amount of crew as normal.Risk Assessing was considerably more involved than for a normal stage build, and PPE (specifically footwear that would prevent injury should a stage deck drop) was acquired.

The end result…  An amazingly happy client, and crew!

  • We've used ZEROdB Live to build our stages for over 8 years. We are so pleased with the quality of service and the ability to meet tight deadlines that I would be proud to recommend ZEROdB Live to any event manager who is in need of your services. You guys really do make things special
    — John Waters, Pitshanger Community Association
  • You can rely on Rob Stanley to deliver a professional production on any size. It's always a pleasure to work with him and his team.
    — Kris Hayes, Audio Plus
  • I have to thank you! We were really lucky to meet you and your very professional local crew in London. That made the day much easier than expected.
    — Sabrina Sudhoff, TDA Rental
  • Awesome to work with you today.  Despite thinking I knew everything there was to know about PA systems, I found love for a new loudspeaker.  Thanks for blowing my mind!
    — John Haynes, Braids
  • One of the hardest working firms in the Industry, ZEROdB Live consistently out perform other staging companies, Their kit is always arrives in great condition, and they know how to create wonderful stages and structures with it.  Their crew are also at the top of their game, professional, friendly, a delight to work with and always prepared to go that extra mile when required.
    — Allen Pelling, TG Productions Ltd

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