The Sainsbury Theatre. 
Photography Richard Hubert Smith. Copyright LAMDA Limited 2017

​​Marquee AV Provides the AV and Production Lighting for New LAMDA Facility

LAMDA (London Academy of music & Dramatic Art) recently opened its brand new £28.2m facility, which replaces the western part of its campus and more than doubles its overall size. Founded in 1861 as the London Academy of Music, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK and was the first such institution to offer acting tuition. Today, LAMDA offers seven validated degree courses in acting, directing, production and technical arts.

Charcoalblue LLP worked alongside Níall McLaughlin Architects to provide the Performance Specification for the consolidation of LAMDA’s disparate and remote teaching spaces onto the new single-site campus in Hammersmith. Development consisted of the 200-seat Sainsbury Theatre, the 120-seat Carne Studio Theatre, The Manny & Brigitta Davidson Foyer, The Sackler Library, a screen and audio suite, ten training/rehearsal studios and full technical and wardrobe facilities.

The main contractors for the project were Volker Fitzpatrick, who appointed Marquee AV to design and install the AV and production lighting systems to comply with the Charcoalblue specification. In addition to the building-wide AV infrastructure and paging systems, the project covered The Sainsbury Theatre, The Carne Studio Theatre, the screen and audio suite, and the Sound Studios.

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Peter Abery Joins Marquee AV on Production Lighting

Marquee AV is continuing the expansion of its production and theatre lighting operations with the appointment of Peter Abery as Project Manager.

Senior Project Manager, Rob Whitaker, said, “Having recently taken on Paul Barker, the addition of Peter Abery now completes a very strong team to handle the lighting, audio and video requirements for projects of any size or complexity.”

Abery has formerly worked for several specialist lighting installers, interspersed with extensive freelance work in television broadcast lighting for the BBC and ITV. He also enjoyed a spell in professional repertory theatre as head of the technical department and in house lighting design at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.  He has many lighting projects to his credit, including installations at York Theatre Royal, Wells Cathedral School Concert Hall, BBC New Broadcasting House, Redbridge College, Greenwich University TV Studio, London Studios’ Studio 1 and Fountain TV.

Peter Abery commented, “I’m very happy to be joining Marquee AV at a time when the company is substantially growing its production lighting business. I’ve worked with Rob and Paul on previous projects and look forward to providing lighting to the same standards of quality and technical excellence that Marquee has always applied to its installations.”

Mark Brown, Managing Director, concluded, “We’re very pleased to welcome Peter to Marquee AV. His experience, combined with previously working alongside the existing team, means he fits right in on the projects we already have underway and starting shortly. Finding the right people with technical expertise across audio, video and lighting is really proving its value to venues and main contractors in the way we can integrate and manage projects.”

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Swansea University’s Great Hall is a World-Class Venue with Audio, Video and Lighting to Match

The iconic Great Hall of Swansea University is recognised as one of the most ambitious projects in the UK higher education sector for decades. Located at the centre of the Bay Campus it provides a beautiful space for the University to host music concerts, conferences and large events, as well as community arts, cultural events and festivals.

Marquee AV was appointed to provide the Great Hall’s audio and video infrastructure and systems. Incorporating 60km of AV cabling, the systems installed by Marquee AV included the audio show relay and paging, video show relay, stage managers console, FOH PA and state-of-the-art video projection.

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Major York Theatre Royal Redevelopment Incorporates New AV and Lighting

York Theatre Royal has re-opened after a £6million redevelopment by architects De Matos Ryan. Founded in 1744, York Theatre Royal is the UK’s oldest production theatre outside of London and this latest redevelopment has increased access and flexibility to create a building fit for 21st century audiences. This is the first major change to the building since its innovative concrete and glass extension was added to in 1967.

Marquee AV was appointed to install the new audio, video and communications infrastructure required to meet the new standards and flexibility of the venue. This involved installing new systems as well as supplementing and adapting existing systems.

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Bishopsgate Institute Upgrades its Production Audio and Lighting

Marquee AV has installed a flexible, high-end production system in the Great Hall of the Bishopsgate Institute at 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2.

The Great Hall is a fully-equipped conference and event space for up to 500 people. It boasts many beautiful design features, such as an original glass lantern in the ceiling and detailed plaster mouldings throughout. Fully refurbished and re-equipped, the space is used for a variety of purposes from conferences, launches and AGMs to concerts and fashion shows. It is a highly flexible space with a capacity of up to 270 people in theatre style or up to 500 for a reception.

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Marquee AV Expands Its Production Lighting Operations

Shepperton-based Marquee AV is expanding its production and theatre lighting operations with the appointment of Paul Barker, who brings substantial technical experience of lighting systems and control to his new position as Project Manager.

Senior Project Manager, Rob Whitaker explained, “Main contractors and venue operators alike are increasingly looking for a single provider for the complete package of audio, video and lighting. With the integration of technologies and the infrastructures now being designed into many venues, this is also a logical progression.  Whilst this is something Marquee has always provided, we have also partnered with lighting specialists on larger projects. Bringing Paul on board now expands our capability to handle projects of any size or complexity completely in-house.”

Paul Barker continued, “I’m really pleased to be joining Marquee AV. Having worked alongside Rob and the team on a number of projects, including Swansea Great Hall, York Theatre Royal, Bishopsgate Institute and the University of Sussex, I have always been impressed by their enthusiasm and their standard of installation. I am sure that my contribution will enable us to deliver those same standards in production and theatre lighting.”

Mark Brown, Managing Director, concluded, “It has always been part of our strategy to bring production lighting up to par with our audio and video design and installation services and the opportunity to employ Paul Barker has enabled us to implement that now. Having already worked with Paul on projects we know he fits in well and shares our commitment to customer service and delivering great results. His joining not only enhances our expertise, but it also comes at a very opportune time for a number of upcoming projects.”

Photo: (L to R) Mark Brown and Paul Barker

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Paul Woods Joins Marquee AV as Installation Engineer

Marquee AV is pleased to welcome Paul Woods to its installation team. An experienced engineer, Paul has nearly 10 years’ experience installing premium sound and video systems with several integrators, including Prestige Audio and Torpedo Factory Group.

“Marquee AV provides a wide range of technically advanced solutions for many prestigious clients, which gives me with the challenge and variety I enjoy,” said Paul. “They also have a great deal of expertise and a first class team, as part of which I hope to make a valuable contribution.”

MD Mark Brown, added “We happy to have Paul on the team. His standard of work is excellent and he has the experience combined with the cheerful and helpful personality that fits in well with the culture at Marquee AV.”

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Marquee AV Awarded Safecontractor Accreditation

Marquee AV, has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. It is particularly relevant to facilities management and retail and leisure sectors, which are big users of contracted services.

www.safecontractor.com/about-us/

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Bouillabaisse – Mayfair

Bouillabaisse, the latest restaurant from Kurt Zdesar, brings coastal cuisine with some of the freshest and most sustainable fish and seafood in the UK to London’s Mayfair.

Meeting the customers brief for an aesthetically compatible quality background music system that would create the right ambience, Marquee AV designed the system using Apart loudspeakers and electronics. This not only provided the quality required, but merged well with the crisp, whitewashed-wood interior, designed by Jordan Littler.

www.bouillabaisse.co.uk

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Rotunda – Private Dining Room

Meeting the brief set by the venue, Marquee designed and installed integrated multi-zone audio and video systems using the latest state-of-the-art technology, including B&W high fidelity loudspeakers, Biamp audio digital control and networking, Kramer video switching and control and UHD video screens. Users can simply plug in their own source or presentation equipment and the simple user interface configures the room according to their requirements, including radio microphones provided for speeches and presentations.

www.rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk/private-dining/