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Pearce Hire provided a Rigging, Audio and Lighting solution for the 2012 Oxford Farmers Conference, held in the Oxford Examination Halls.
With a new brief from our client, Hawk Audio Visual, for 2012 we redesigned our ground support truss system. Due to a change in the set design we had to provide an additional truss behind the stage so the set could hang from the truss aswell as provide support for a revised lighting design.
Pearce Hire utilised our extensive stock of Prolyte H30V to create a 21m x 10m ground support structure at a height of 5m. The structure then allowed set, lighting, audio and projection equipment to be hung leaving the floor space clear to maximise the number of delegates the venue can hold.
The lighting design for the event included the usual generic coverage of the stage from Source 4 Profile Fixtures and Cyc Floods to provide a dimmable house light solution. In addition for 2012 the white set was lit with i-PIX BB4's from above and below, with small set panel's on the floor being lit with LED Floorcans.
Due to the unusual shape of the venue the audio design consisted of numerous smaller sources rather than a larger central source. For this we based the system around L-acoustics MTD115 XT Hi-Q's and MTD108's all powered from Lab Gruppen PLM10000Q amplifiers and controlled by a Yamaha M7CL.
Pearce Hire has announced some notable additions to their team, their hire stock, and their premises after one of their busiest summer seasons ever.
The Peterborough based company has acquired the unit adjacent to their existing premises, increasing their available warehouse and office facility by over 4,000 square feet. There has also been a significant investment in new stock with the addition of over £200k of equipment to their inventory including CM Lodestar, Outboard, Robe, Sennheiser and Studio Due products.
This investment in equipment has been complemented by the addition of some new team members to ensure Pearce Hire continues to serve the needs of their diverse client base.
'It's a big decision to increase the square footage of our warehouse, and to commit to a significant purchase of new kit', comments Shaun Pearce, Managing Director of Pearce Hire. 'But with a very loyal customer base, I felt that we owed it to them, as well as to our new customers, to ensure we are offering the very best equipment on the market. Simultaneously, we must ensure that we can service their requirements efficiently and effectively from our HQ. So it's no surprise that this triple expansion - space, kit and staff - has happened all at once.'
With their expertise in temporary power distribution, lighting and audio hire, and event production, the summer months are always busy for Pearce Hire. And the extraordinarily busy run of events over the summer months this year has validated these expansion decisions.
'There was a definite increase in our business activity over the summer with various high profile events and celebrations taking place around the country. Several festivals and events were re-scheduled to avoid clashing with the Olympics, including Lovebox which we supplied in London early on in the summer. We needed to ensure we remained as reliable as ever despite these scheduled changes. It was exciting and fast-paced, and it was incredibly busy, but we were determined that none of our regular customers should be impacted in any way by the additional workload that Pearce Hire had committed to for new and 'one-off' customers'.
Joining the Pearce Hire team recently to help manage this workload is Hire Manager Jamie Arkless who brings with him a wealth of experience. Louise Mather has joined the warehouse team and heads up the drapes department and a new role of Junior Technician has been created for recent recruit Adam Masters.
'We are delighted to be in the position that expansion has been possible in all areas of our business, and welcome our new team members on board' concludes Pearce. 'And the work isn't letting up as our Autumn and seasonal schedule gets into full swing'.