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showmans show 13Pearce Hire is looking forward to exhibiting at the Showman's Show on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October.

With over 25 years' experience providing power, lighting, audio, staging, project consultancy and production services to the outdoor and indoor event, festival, entertainment and corporate event industries, Pearce Hire are a regular exhibitor at this important exhibition, dedicated to outdoor and special events.

Pearce Hire have made a significant number of investments in equipment over recent months, with purchases ranging from Robe 1200 LED Wash Fixtures and an L'Acoustics Kara Line Array alongside a major investment in generators and power distribution.

The investment in power distribution and supply equipment includes Stephill 25 kVA silenced diesel generators ideal for small outdoor events and FG Wilson XD fuel-efficient diesel generator sets - 60 kVA and 100 kVA generators, all with full synchronisation and known for their durability and better-than-ever performance.

Simultaneously, the company has increased their cable capacity, adding over 20 km to their stock. They have manufactured additional distribution boxes to the highest standard, all fitted with individual RCBO protection and supported by full testing and documentation.

To complete the full power production package, Pearce Hire has also purchased some Western Environmental diesel tanks.

Shaun Pearce, Managing Director observes 'These recent investments in critical equipment for outdoor events means we are even better placed to offer an exceptional turnkey solution for on-site power distribution requirements. Our expertise includes understanding the services required from greenfield site venues. Our investments strengthen our offer alongside our project management and production abilities. We are looking forward to telling all the visitors at Showman's Show about these recent investments and our increased capacity.'

Pearce Hire's presence at the Showman's Show comes on the back of one of the company's busiest summers ever. Events they have been involved in range from the launch of P&O's Royal Princess Cruise Liner, to the British Birdwatching Fair, Field Day Festival, Global Gathering, Forest Live and the Warner's Motorhome Shows, demonstrating their breadth of services from dry hire to full installation and complete production and project management.

See Pearce Hire on stand 37 at the Showman's Show, 23rd and 24th October, Newbury Showground.

shakespere-stageOver the past twelve months Pearce Hire has been working on an intricate and very different style of project from what they are most known for. This time last year, the theatre group 'Shakespeare at The George' got in touch to ask for Pearce Hire's expertise in project managing and building a bespoke temporary stage set for their annual performances. But it is no ordinary stage set as the production takes place outdoors in the middle of an olde English Inn in the heart of Huntingdon, Cambs, that dates back to Cromwell's time.

Pearce Hire were charged with producing a solid and reliable temporary stage system for use in an environment akin to how it would have been in Shakespeare's time. With the intricacies and detail of a Jacobean Courtyard to contend with, it was certainly not going to be a simple straightforward installation of standard stage components.

Explains Richard Brown of 'Shakespeare at The George', 'We had been struggling for a couple of years to find a solution for replacing our loyal but very worn wooden, cumbersome stage structure, and a chance meeting with Pearce Hire seemed to answer all our problems. Pearce Hire took on board from the start just how intricate this project was, but offered a solution in a calm, knowledgeable manner, and at the right price and it just instilled in us an enormous amount of confidence in their team'.

The project has involved months of technical and engineering planning, a number of detailed on-site visits to take accurate measurements and for technical trials.

The result has been a stunning, bespoke built stage set which received its inauguration this summer with a fortnight run of Macbeth in the courtyard of The George Hotel in Huntingdon, Cambs.

Working alongside Pearce Hire on the delivery of the project was Prolyte Group who manufactured a specially engineered stage which allows for the slightest change in floor level throughout the courtyard, and worked around the pillars of the 17th century listed building.

Prolyte's Nick Williams explains: 'We have always had a great business relationship with Pearce Hire via our distribution network, and so when Shaun Pearce asked use to get involved we were only too pleased to take up the challenge with them. We took our standard LiteDeck product as a start point, and then custom designed it to match the tricky requirements of the space. The reason it was so complex was because the courtyard walls were not at 90 degrees square and the stage structure required needed to fit into the exact space. So Pearce Hire had to take each measurement individually to ensure that each corner section would have some tolerance, and fit perfectly. It also had to be designed to avoid disruption to the day-to-day working of the hotel during the time it was in situ. All in all, it was an unusual request of a temporary demountable structure and accuracy was critical.'
Richard Brown sums it up: 'Pearce Hire and Prolyte have provided a performing area that is safe, durable, easy to construct and de-rig, and will last us for many years. Throughout the project they were accommodating, very professional and kept us up-to-date on progress at all times. It is a fantastic stage to act on and it made an enormous difference to the cast. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Pearce Hire to any other amateur dramatic company with a similar challenge, and we are hoping for an ongoing relationship with them for any future requirements'.

In conclusion, Simon Maylor, Publicity Trustee for Shakespeare at the George was delighted to report that the stage was dismantled in just one and a half hours, rather than a whole day with the previous structure. 'Fitting the stage into the exact space that we have to work with at The George is a work of genius'.

royal-princessPearce Hire are proud to have been involved in the recent launch of Princess Cruises' latest addition to their fleet - the Royal Princess.

The cruise ship's naming ceremony and christening took place in June in Southampton, and was the Duchess of Cambridge's last solo official engagement before the birth of Prince George in July.

Pearce Hire was contracted to provide all the production and show power for the event, including a pair of synchronised 300kVA sets for the audio, screen, lighting and requirements for outside broadcast from a significant press contingent.

Pearce Hire also supplied a 40kVA generator for the outside production offices and temporary workshops which were set up on site specifically for the ship's naming ceremony.

Security was of course of paramount importance given the VIP guest list, and security and late night working were all managed under tower-lights provided by Pearce Hire.

With an extensive crew on site for the build up to the naming ceremony, lighting and power distribution were also required for a large crew catering marquee, additional lighting and power distribution in the main terminal for the event organising team and press facilities.

With a global audience and high levels of security throughout the build-up and official launch event, there were high levels of expectation for a faultless delivery from Pearce Hire and other contractors within a tight time schedule. All of which was achieved in time for the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The key project manager for Pearce Hire was Dan Shelton who oversaw the project from start to completion.

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