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Olivier Award winner Es Devlin has spoken to The Stage about the drive needed to become a set designer. She said, "Rule number one is, if you want to do it then go [to the theatre], and if you say you haven’t got enough money to go then find a way, get a job as a foyer attendant or get last-minute £10 tickets on the day. Do whatever it takes to go and find out what work you want to make."
Read the full piece here....
We popped along to Ecobuild last week, and while there was far too much there to report on all of it, we did find 'eco-boards' - a 1220 x 2440 sheet with some pretty impressive properties. We've made it one of our 'good things', and you can read why in today's Ecobuild roundup....
Our new classified listings service is now in beta, and features a dedicated 'scenic construction' category! All listings are free until April 1st 2014, after which a small charge will be made to cover costs.
See our sample ad here to see what's what...
TAIT acquires Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering - TAIT Press Release
TAIT is pleased to announce the acquisition of Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering. This acquisition sees the merger of the world’s market leaders in the field of automation, staging and engineering for the live entertainment industry. The enhanced capacity of the groups provides the ability to offer unrivalled technology and expertise across the globe from locations on the East and West coasts of America, Belgium, Macau, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, China and Australia. The increased breadth and depth of the company will provide clients with an extensive palette of cutting edge technologies, which will include eChameleon, Navigator, F:Light, Sculptor toolkit for 3ds Max, plus a comprehensive range of winches and staging solutions for concert touring, theatre, corporate events, film and television and permanent installations.
Both companies are well established in the field of automation with TAIT focusing on the touring market and Stage Technologies on permanent installations for opera houses, theatres and other permanent large-scale installations; alongside automation rental for London’s West End and beyond. Adam Davis, Partner, TAIT Group commented, “Over the last few years we have seen the advantages of transferring knowledge and working practices from concert touring to other markets, such as corporate and theatre to provide our clients with more efficient and cost effective staging and automation solutions. As the creativity of our clients continues to push the boundaries of technology, the amalgamation of Stage Technologies and TAIT will allow our teams to respond to these needs with greater resources and provide better value engineered solutions. Mark Ager, CEO Stage Technologies Group added, “We are very excited to be joining forces with TAIT. Not only will our clients benefit from our increased capacity, but by unifying our engineering, design and R&D teams, we will be able to offer a greater diversity of both hardware and software across the globe.�?
In the course of the next few months, the companies will be working to provide integrated services for their combined client base. Kevin Taylor, President of TAIT/FTSI remarked, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Stage Technologies, as both companies have a great synergy in our core values and are dedicated to the provision of first class customer service. Going forward, we are committed to combining resources to provide quality engineered products, while continuing to support all of our current technology out in the field. We are confident this merger will be greatly beneficial to new and existing customers across all markets.�? Frederic Opsomer, CEO of TAIT Europe added, “We really welcome Stage Technologies into the TAIT group, as this is an excellent platform to provide an established infrastructure for TAIT Europe to provide automation to meet the ever growing demands of our clients and to provide integrated scenic and automotive packages.�?
Bristol Paint was back at the ABTT Theatre Show this year, and, building on the environmental success of its Aqua-Service paint and roller cleaning system, it has introduced a range of bamboo-handled paint brushes and recycled roller trays and liners.
The brushes have sustainably sourced bamboo handles, recycled stainless steel ferrules, and filaments that are a mixture of recycled synthetic material and natural bristle.
The tray and kettle liners can either be used to line existing trays or kettles, or can be used as reservoirs in their own right.
As any leftover paint adheres to the surface and dries, they can be used more than once before disposal.
For more information, see Bristol Paint's website here...
Defra announce new laws to stop illegally harvested timber
Wood suppliers will soon become responsible for ensuring that they are not selling illegally harvested timber Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today.
In March new rules will come into force that will enable inspectors from the Government Agency, the National Measurement Office, to seize illegally harvested timber and impose penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment for those who try to flout the law.
Currently businesses that import wood are not responsible for checking where the timber has been harvested or if it has been done so illegally.
Environment Minister Richard Benyon said:
“These tough new laws will force the minority of timber importers who bring in illegally harvested wood to think again or risk imprisonment.
“Illegally harvested timber destroys wildlife habitats and forces reputable traders out of business – this practice has to stop.�?
The new laws which will take effect on the 3 March 2013 will:
The new rules will also create lesser offences for the failure to keep information on the source of timber, for obstructing inspectors and for failing to comply with improvements notices from the National Measurement Office. The maximum penalty for these offences will be a fine of £5000.
These changes follow an industry-wide consultation which showed overwhelming support for these tough new measures.
Ridgeons - a timber and builders merchants - has had its 'Greenlight' centre opened today by Greg Barker MP.
The facility is a training Academy and a centre of excellence working in conjunction with Cambridge Regional College, offering a full range of sustainability training from awareness courses to fully accredited qualifications.
Their website claims that the centre "will enable us to demonstrate our full range of sustainable product solutions covering energy, water, building materials, surface water and waste," - so this might be of interest to you if you're in the Cambridge area.
The company generally has a large website section devoted to sustainability, which you can see here...
That’s great news Darren – I’ve started a discussion for this above, as this could get quite in-depth, and it makes sense to keep it all together…..what’s the price comparison for good quality fire-rated birch ply?
I requested a sample of the eco board, and got sent a beer mat sized piece of it. First impressions where that it was very similar to a dark chip board in appearance. I rang a south west based distributer for a quote, and they cam back with £43 a sheet. The sales person also mentioned that if you have a high number of these sheets all in the same place then you would need to seal them on all sides as they do have quite an unpleasant odour. I should find out what it's fire rating is next because if it is class 1 or class 0 it may help justify the high unit cost.
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