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Pearce Hire has once more demonstrated the diverse breadth of projects they work on, with a magical garden lighting feature installed over the festive season.
The beautiful landscaped gardens at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire were given a nocturnal facelift with a dramatic lighting design created by the team at Pearce Hire for the 'Winter Lights' event.
'We'd like to think we created a little bit of outdoor theatre for the visitors to the gardens in the run up to Christmas' comments Pearce Hire's John Huson, project manager and key lighting designer of this project.
The Visitor Experience team at Anglesey Abbey were first put in contact with Pearce Hire by John Wootten of Eastern Events who has long-standing relationships with both Pearce Hire and Anglesey Abbey but, until now, had never put them together as a project team. As a result of this introduction, the Pearce Hire team worked closely with the team at the Abbey and created an ingenious lighting scheme that provided an atmospheric journey for visitors as they walked through the various different areas of the ornamental gardens.
'There were a myriad of unusual challenges we had to address with this temporary installation' explains Huson. 'There was a significant area to cover and we wanted to make sure that each area had a distinct feel to it. As you can imagine, there was a lot of testing in the months leading up to the event to gauge what plants would take the light, and what colours would be most complementary to the surrounding flora and fauna and the natural shapes and shadows of the gardens'.
The team had a number of logistical issues to contend with including limited access working around the visiting hours of the Abbey and Gardens, and the challenge of installing some heavy duty lighting and power equipment in an intricate ornamental garden setting. Fixture choice focussed heavily on efficiency and power consumption with the intention of reducing the carbon footprint of the event. These included the i-Pix BB 4 Washlight and 150w and 400w MBI's and even simple 150w tungsten flood lights and outdoor parcans which were fitted with special custom brackets for use on soft ground.
'Power distribution was one of our biggest challenges', continues Huson. 'There were three 'super silent' 20Kva generators located around the gardens to power the lighting. We located them within areas of dense woodland to absorb any noise they did make and to ensure they didn't spoil the magic we were creating'.
'There were certain areas of the gardens that the National Trust team wanted to highlight, including the famous Himalayan silver birch groves. There is no doubt we created a 'wow' factor for visitors using the low power consumption BB4's along that part of the trail'.
'We were ecstatic with the final results and the overall lighting design that Pearce Hire created for us', comments Laura Booty, Visitor Experience Manager at Anglesey Abbey. 'The Winter Lights project was the first time we had worked with Pearce Hire and I can't recommend them highly enough. They were creative, efficient and professional, and our visitor feedback spoke volumes - describing the experience as magical, ethereal and wondrous. I will definitely be working with them again'.
Pearce Hire is pleased to announce that since they purchased a significant number of Robe Robin fixtures last summer, they have barely been on the shelves of their Peterborough base.
'It was the first investment we have made in Robe fixtures', comments Dan Shelton, Project Manager for Pearce Hire. 'Once Ian Brown from Robe had demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of this light, we made a significant investment in 36 fixtures'.
'Robe is a universally recognised brand with reliable post-sales back up and technical support. The Robe Robin 1200 LEDWash appealed to us as the 'best in class' and are totally operator friendly. The fixture has exceptional brightness and it is lightweight whilst still being a robust LED fixture. Added to which it has all the functionality our customers require when working in both indoor, and outdoor environments' Shelton continues.
'When we make this kind of investment in equipment, we have to be confident that the fixtures will be a desirable dry hire product, both in terms of an attractive hire price for our customers as well as offering all the functionality and reliability required for short, medium and long term hire'.
'To date, we've not been disappointed - the lights have been used on some demanding events including the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Forestry Commission Tour, a run of IML Summer Concerts and at the end of the year, the 8-week Jools Holland Winter Tour. They have certainly not been sitting idle in the warehouse!'
'There is every reason to expect the same level of rental from these lights going into 2013', concludes Shelton.
Pearce Hire is proud to announce that the company has been shortlisted for an award at this year's Total Production International (TPi) Awards.
These prestigious awards, established 12 years ago, and now an annual 'must attend' date in the calendar, recognises excellence in the services supplied to the live production industry.
Pearce Hire has been nominated, for the second year running, for 'Favourite Power Supply Company'.
'We are honoured to have been short-listed by an industry-wide voting system as one of the top six power suppliers in this category. It's a huge accolade and one that is testament to the professionalism of the team, the kit and the service we offer here at Pearce Hire', states Shaun Pearce, MD of Pearce Hire.
Pearce Hire was established over 25 years ago and offers expertise in temporary power distribution for the live, touring, and outdoor event markets.
With an extensive inventory of power distribution, site lighting and cabling, supported by a highly qualified in-house team of electrical project managers and fully qualified electricians, Pearce Hire saw a massive increase in the projects they supplied over the extraordinarily busy months of 2012. Projects they worked on during 2012 included a full summer of events for customers as diverse as the Forestry Commission and the National Trust, the Cambridge Folk Festival (itself a 'Highly Commended' event at the Greener Festival Awards), and Wilderness, Global Gathering and Lovebox festivals.
'We've been nominated in this category both years it has been awarded, and so we would be delighted to win for the team's efforts over these amazingly busy, but rewarding 12 months'.
See the winners announced at the TPi Awards 2013, taking place on 11th February at the Novotel London West and hosted by Lauren Laverne.