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East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has recently confirmed a strengthened collaboration with Pearce Hire for their busy arena and events centre.
The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting well over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. This multi-purpose events complex serves the East of England and boasts over 9,000 square metres of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
This is a new step for Pearce Hire – who have never had the status of ‘preferred contractor’ at a major exhibition and event venue before. But they are relishing the opportunity!
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, Managing Director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue. This means there is an excellent opportunity to expand our service offer and to enhance our pre-existing commitments to supply even more exceptional production services to new and existing customers. It is going to be an exciting and busy year.”
Jason Lunn, Venue Director for EEAEC expands. “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
Pearce Hire will work alongside other preferred contractors at EEAEC, including Hawk Audio Visual with whom they already have a close and collaborative working relationship. This new appointment will serve to strengthen their existing relationship which will benefit the venue and the event organisers who put on events at the EEAEC.
Pearce Hire have confirmed they are looking to increase their project management team with a Project Manager with a specific remit to serve the EEAEC contract. Shaun explains that “it makes sense to have a dedicated project manager focussed on the EEAEC relationship. Being an official contractor for the venue brings our services to the fore. It means we are well placed to offer the best resources and services to the exhibitions, events, conferences, awards dinners and outdoor events which take place at the EEAEC. We are looking forward to working alongside the event management team at EEAEC to provide even better services in the future.”
Jason Lunn concludes that “with Pearce Hire’s long standing knowledge of the venue, the venue systems and what is achievable at the venue they are well placed to guide our customers. We trust them implicitly – and that is important in this industry.”
Photo L-R: Dean Rees (EEAEC), Shaun Pearce (Pearce Hire), Jason Lunn (EEAEC) - image courtesy of East Of England Arena & Events Centre.
It’s time to meet another member of the hard-working Pearce Hire team – this time we’d like to introduce one of our dedicated warehouse staff - Robin Hutchinson.
Robin joined the company in May 2018 and his remit was to help develop the workshop and moving light departments where Pearce Hire’s extensive hire kit is fixed and maintained. He is always looking for new ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this beating heart of the warehouse!
Robin loves the importance Pearce Hire places on the company ethos and values which stretch right across the company. In his own words “it’s a refreshing change to see how everyone at Pearce Hire takes care of our clients and we are all prepared to go above and beyond to deliver 100% client satisfaction”. As a relatively new member of the team, Robin was delighted how he was made to feel very welcome from the get-go and that the team spirit across the warehouse, and the company in general, is very strong.
Robin isn’t alone when he says the most challenging part of working in this industry is time. It isn’t unusual for the team to be working towards tight deadlines – often involving long hours. But he certainly says it with a smile because of course it’s why he loves his job and the challenge it provides! Although Robin is keen to stress that quality and attention to detail is just as important at these demanding times as at any other time.
Robin has had a number of highlights throughout his career so far, but cites his first role in the film & TV industry at the Wimbledon Studios as a particular achievement. At the time he was juggling university studies with working part time but when he was offered a full-time role he dropped his studies and never looked back – as he took on the role of Studio Liaison and Media Village Facilities Liaison. During this time, some of the productions Robin worked on included ITV’s Tipping Point, various BBC programmes and feature films including The Iron Lady. From there, Robin became Technical Manager at Malcolm Ryan Studios, before taking on his current role at Pearce Hire.
During his free-time Robin travels as much as he can, and regularly takes on new challenges – having recently climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales, and run the Great South Run for charity.
The best piece of advice he has ever been given is to respect people – and that you earn respect yourself through the way you treat people, the actions you take and the way you live. He believes that all this combined helps create a great working environment, the opportunity to forge great friendships in the industry and a wide network of contacts.
For any young person looking to enter the industry, Robin would encourage everyone to knuckle down and work hard and never be afraid to ask questions as people are always willing to help people who are keen to learn. With this approach he believes opportunities will come your way.
Thank you for these wise words Robin, and we look forward to seeing where you travel to or what challenge you take up next time you have some precious time off!
Pearce Hire regularly collaborates with corporate production specialists Hawk Audio Visual on large scale events. Drawing on their individual areas of technical expertise and working seamlessly as one team, this successful partnership recently provided a breath-taking circus themed entertainment and dining space for over 1,000 company staff and stakeholders at the BGL Awards Ball held at Manchester Central.
BGL Group is a financial services company based in Peterborough and the biennial event which celebrates and rewards staff achievements, was also this year part of the company's 25th anniversary celebrations.
Pearce Hire’s project manager John Huson provided some insight into the support and co-operation between Hawk and Pearce Hire. “Hawk Audio Visual has been a client of Pearce Hire for over 20 years and during that time we’ve actually partnered with them on four previous BGL Balls alongside many other events which usually averages 15 to 20 jobs every year. Hawk Audio Visual was the main technical producer for the BGL Ball – we supported them by providing lighting, audio and staging equipment and a dozen crew members on site.”
The brief was a simple, yet challenging one – to produce an event which was both visually stunning and sounded great, and all to be worthy of the desired circus theme.
As well as project managing for Pearce Hire, John was appointed as the BGL Ball lighting designer, a challenge which he relished. With the evening combining many elements of dining, awards presentation, circus cabaret performance and live music, his design had to be flexible and adaptable to each aspect of the evening.
“I wanted to create a high octane, glittering lighting design to complement the circus and gymnastic performers who were going to be on stage and entertaining guests around the room. We needed to create a real ‘wow’ factor for everyone attending this celebratory evening.”
Essentially LED technology was at the heart of the lighting design and to produce the look that John was seeking to create. “We drew on our significant stock of Robe Pointe and Robe 1200 LEDWash fixtures, alongside our recent investment in the new Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile fixtures to provide the key elements of the lighting design for the main stage area,” explains John. “It was also an opportunity for us to use the Robe RoboSpot system for the powerful BMFL fixtures being used for the live circus performances. The overall lighting control was operated from Chamsys across the event.”
With over 200 Robe and Vari-Lite fixtures as the main work horses on the rig for staging and effects lighting throughout the evening, additional effects lighting was provided by Ayrton MagicBlades. The bar and VIP areas were a mix of Martin MAC 700 Profiles, SGM P-5 washlights and i-Pix BB4’s.
John explains how the ‘big top’ atmosphere was created, commenting that “It was actually one of the simplest elements of the lighting design as we used a substantial amount of festoon lighting strung between trusses to create a domed big top effect. Each individual string of festoon was individually controllable to produce some dynamic effects. The festoon was a mix of dimmable warm white LED lamps and also some Glasson RGB LED digital lamps which were built into the LED screen surround and pixel mapped as part of the key look of the set.”
From an audio point of view the remit was to provide audio suitable for a traditional awards show whilst also ensuring suitable reinforcement for the after dinner band, and pre and during dinner circus performances. “It was quite a challenge” smiles John. “Essentially we had three different, independent audio systems on the go throughout the evening – one for the main room (which had to be multi-purpose as outlined above), alongside separate systems for the VIP reception area and the bar area – both of which had background music requirements and live circus performances. The audio was controlled throughout the event from Yamaha, networked by Dante, and in total we installed x84 L-Acoustics loudspeakers and operated from x28 channels of RF.”
The staging demands were also complex with over 200 metres of curved truss and 410 metres of standard truss being specified, with 79 rigging points installed by KRS, alongside a significant amount of Pearce Hire’s Prolyte Litedeck units, plus almost 2,000 metres of drape from the Pearce Hire inventory.
As is often the case with corporate events, the timescales the production team were asked to work to were testing, with just 12 hours for load-in, followed by intensive rehearsals on the day of the event itself. Load-out was achieved within a six hour timeframe. “The pre-planning and pre-programming was an essential element to the successful delivery of this event, on time, and in time. But we managed it” comments John.
Marcus Lawday from Hawk Audio Visual is clear why they choose to work with Pearce Hire: “With our long-standing partnership with Pearce Hire we wouldn’t go anywhere else! It’s always a pleasure to work with their team. The circus theme warranted an imaginative lighting rig and creative truss formations and the festoon lighting design introduced by John helped draw the guests into the performances happening around them. It was a challenging brief, delivering specific expectations drawn up by our client, along with the strict budget and limited build time. The Pearce Hire elements of the production were delivered on budget and to an exceptional standard, and the client was delighted.”
John adds: ‘It was a challenge as corporate events always demand the highest production levels and last minute changes aren’t uncommon, but we were delighted with our contribution to the overall production. It was a pleasure to be involved and we look forward to future collaborations with Hawk Audio Visual in 2019.”