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A.C. Special Projects Provides Full Scale Theatre & Drama Lighting Facilities for Passmores Academy

19th May 2014

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. have supplied and installed full-scale theatre and drama lighting facilities for the prestigious Passmores Academy educational establishment in Harlow, Essex.

Passmores are one of the country's first Co-operative Academies, a rapidly growing network of Schools and Academies in England committed to shared trust values and community engagement, which aim to prepare students for the 21st century's ever-changing employment landscape.

Passmores wanted to upgrade the stage lighting system in their Main Hall, to enable them to create productions and events to the highest standard, and provide students with the opportunity to learn how to operate the room's drama technical facilities, in order for them to put on their own show productions.

After winning a competitive tender, ACSP's General Manager, Lance Bromhead worked with the Academy's Project Consultant, Rory Davies, to specify the lighting system upgrade. He comments:

“Rory's brief was to deliver a low maintenance, energy-saving and user-friendly solution to complement the existing LED lighting fixtures. Rory had a good idea of what he was looking for, so my job was to guide him as to what technologies were available on the market, and recommend to him a suitable technical solution to maximise his budget.”

Lance specified Chauvet Q-Spot LED moving yoke profiles, Ovation LED profile spots and Ovation DMX LED Fresnel zooms, to complement the rig's existing Chauvet Par and moving yoke LED fixtures.

To control the upgraded stage lighting rig, ACSP supplied a fully featured, comprehensive and robust Zero 88 Solution console. The desk is designed to be user-friendly, offering simple hands on control of conventional generic and moving light parameters - including the ability for control via Apple iPad or iPhone.

ACSP supplied all related power & data cabling, and clamps. The company also worked with Litec to develop and then install a custom-designed TX25 curved truss to follow the contours of the rear of the stage, along with two new TX25S400 vertical triangular trusses. LED fixtures were suspended from the truss to light the stage area from the rear and sides.

Rory Davies comments:“After spending a lot of time planning the project and obtaining quotes from different companies, the job was awarded to A.C. Special Projects. Their team of engineers moved our existing lighting, installed new trussing, kitted the hall out with brand new LED fixtures and provided the cable infrastructure needed to enable the console to control the system effectively.

This is a state-of-the-art installation and I hope that it can be used, respected and enjoyed by many students and staff for years to come. I am delighted that we are now fully equipped to offer our students the best opportunities to get their foot in the door of the technical theatre industry. I can't express enough how good the team at ACSP were in getting the job done quickly and efficiently. I would highly recommend their services to anyone, especially educational establishments.”

Lance continues:“It was a pleasure to work with Passmores. There were some challenging aspects to the project, such as fitting the curved truss to the low ceiling at the rear of the stage and getting the bend radius correct, as there were no room drawings available. The suspension of this truss was also challenging, as we had to create four evenly spaced viewing hatches in the ceiling, to ensure we suspended it successfully - taking into account its shape and weight. We're very pleased that the Academy is so thrilled with the end result.”

Prior to Passmores Academy, ACSP have provided theatre and drama technical facilities installations for a wide range of educational establishments, including the Sidney Stringer School Academy, David Young Community Academy, Amersham & Wycombe College, Bucks New University and Cass Business School.

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