CUSTOMER: Walking With Dinosaurs UK tour
PROJECT: Setting up and staging each event
EQUIPMENT: 1 x scissor lift, 1 x mobile access platform
"We only have a limited amount of time to prepare for each event, so we have to be confident that our suppliers deliver the right equipment, in perfect working order, every time. Quite simply, without Hewden on hand to take care of our access requirements, we wouldn’t be able to set up the show."
Hewden has taken a walk on the wild side by providing access equipment to support the UK tour of Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular.
The £10 million show, which began in Australia, received acclaim across the globe and subsequently the dinosaurs moved on to the UK to give audiences a taste of life 65-million years ago!
The nine-week UK leg of the tour took place at 10 locations across the country and, as Mikey Hamilton, head of creatures explained, it was important to find an access equipment supplier that could support the set up and staging of each event.
"Creating a show like Walking With Dinosaurs requires careful planning and preparation. Not only do we have to set up the 15 life-sized dinosaurs, some of which can weigh up to 2.2-tonnes, but we also have to make sure that the sound and lighting are operating correctly at each venue.
We only have a limited amount of time to prepare for each event, so we have to be confident that our suppliers deliver the right equipment, in perfect working order, every time. Quite simply, without Hewden on hand to take care of our access requirements, we wouldn’t be able to set up the show."
Hewden provided a scissor lift for use by the electricians, lighting, sound and automation engineers, riggers and carpenters during preparation. Fully guarded and with ample floor space, the scissor lift enables the crew to transport tools and equipment and work at height safely.
The machine also allows the technicians to access the 24-foot tall stegosaurus to replace the double row of plates that rise from the dinosaur’s back, which are removed during transportation for safety.
In addition, Hewden supplied a mobile access platform to assist the technicians as they carried out any vital repair work. For example, when fully extended, this machine can reach the neck of the brachiosaurus, an impressive 35-feet above the ground.