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From 2nd October to the 30th December the Natural History Museum is hosting a very special new play by David Norton called 'The Wider Earth'. It tells the story of Charles Darwin, aged 22, embarking on an adventure of a lifetime on HMS Beagle, setting sail to the far side of the world. Steeldeck put together a purpose built tiered seating structure within the museum made up of 357 of our upholstered tip up seats for the show. We wish it continued success throughout its run at such a prestigious and well suited venue.

“Steeldeck have been a total pleasure to work with on this job. From start to finish the service we got was first class and they were able to build the seating structure to perfectly match our requirements. We look forward to working with them again. ” 

Ian Moore - Production Manager at Natural History Museum

The beginning of September saw our two teams joining forces to build this seating structure at Mayfield Manchester. It was for Manchester International Festival, which commissions new work by artists from across the world and takes place every two years across the city. The structure consisted of 135 steeldeck platforms over 18 tiers from 7" to 14', had two large staircases at the rear and was built around the building’s structural columns. The surrounds were then finished with black casement to give it a tidy appearance.

"Steeldeck have been fantastic, working with us to deliver the required design whilst dealing with the complexities of the site and reducing the quantity of custom elements needed to deliver the project. Having worked with both the Northern & Southern branches of steeldeck I can recommend the both.”

Paul Moore - Senior Production Manager 

Earlier this month we were invited to Rochdale Town Hall in Manchester to build this 4 tiered seating structure for the Royal Exchange Theatre made up of 21 8' x 4' Steeldeck platforms. The Victorian-era, Grade I listed hall is stunning and it was a pleasure to work inside of.

"Thanks for being so efficient, quick and professional today."

Richard Delight - Head of Technical at Royal Exchange

British Summer Time is a series of major rock and pop concerts drawing thousands of music fans to Hyde Park. This year we were there to work alongside Star Events and build various stages and platforms across the sun soaked site. 

And thanks so much to In The Bag Pro for the fantastic photos. (

"We love working with Steeldeck. Professional, versatile, adaptable and always dependable."

Tez Sheals-Barrett - Star Events Ltd

At the end of June Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra presented two 20th-century stereophonic masterpieces in the epic space of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. We were thrilled to come in and build 4 different stages at short notice for the event.

“Thank you for coming to our rescue last week – we really couldn’t have done this without you! The project came to life by having the stages and I’m so grateful to you both, and to all your colleagues, for pulling out all the stops to make this work at such short notice!”

Tim Davy - Tours & Projects Manager at London Symphony Orchestra

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a vast converted mill hosting temporary shows by contemporary artists. Our Manchester team travelled up to build this 4 tiered structure there for an exhibition by Turner prize nominee, Phil Collins.

“Katie was most excellent.  She provided excellent service throughout and we are extremely pleased with the staging that was installed by her and her team.  We really appreciated the deal she gave us on the cost of the hire and helped us realise our ambitions.”

Tom Newell - Technical Manager

Here was one of the many jobs we did over in Windsor during Royal Wedding week. The stage was for the broadcasting team over at Channel 9 Australia. We used open guardrails so as to improve the sight lines for the cameras.

"Steeldeck was an absolute pleasure to deal with – from concept to build, everything ran smoothly and on-time. Their project manager Duncan was on the ball and on build day, the crew had our custom deck set-up on time and without any problems. Communication was fantastic and the team kept me informed at all times about how they were going and how long until the build was completed. Cannot recommend highly enough! Thank you!"

 Matt Bachl - Channel 9 Australia

The first ever UFC event in Liverpool took place on May 27th. Local star, Darren Till headlined and won his very first UFC event in front of thousands of home fans at Echo Arena Liverpool. We were there before to build this tiered seating stand made up of 576 seats.

"We worked with Steeldeck on the UFC Liverpool event and it was as seamless and professional as one could hope. From design to execution, the Steeldeck project manager was responsive and utterly competent, their documentation and engineering support was perfect and the finished product, arriving on time and on schedule, was top notch. I’d be more than happy to work with Steeldeck in the future."

Ben Vignola - Concom Inc.

In late April team Manchester travelled all the way to the Emerald Isle and the beautiful ballroom of The Powerscourt Hotel in County Wicklow to build these 3 tiered seating structures for Production Bureau. They were finished with carpet, fascia, nosing and Molton to the outside edges. Event Services Ireland and Irish Lift Trucks were a huge help on the day!

“Even with challenging timescales Katie and the Steeldeck team made this project super easy! Good communication throughout from the start helped to run everything smoothly.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I look forward to our next project together!”

Sandra Palega - Exhibition and Display Designer, Production Bureau

Plug in to Exertis' is the channel technology event of the year bursting with technology solutions from the living room to the datacentre. Held at Silverstone Circuit, we went down in April to install 340 of our seats on a large tiered structure that rose from 14" up to 77" in 7" increments.

"Bradley and the entire Steeldeck team provided a professional, efficient and smooth service and we were very happy with the end result."

Robert Fitzsimons - Head of Channel Marketing

In April we headed out to Thamesmead to install this outdoor stage for LIFT, London’s premiere festival of international performance, which will be taking place across major venues and show-specific locations this summer. This particular build was for a performance called "Fly by Night” which will see 1500 pigeons light up the evening sky, soaring over the Thames whilst wearing tiny LEDs. Almost 100 8' x 4' decks were used to put the stage together.

“We had a very short lead-in time on this project, in a difficult site, with many restrictions. Richard, Duncan and everyone at Steeldeck effortlessly dealt with all of this, worked quickly on site, and gave us a perfect platform to build the pigeon coops on! I could not be more pleased with this element of the project.”

Simon MacColl - Production Manager

At the end of March we were at Dock 10 Studios at Media City, Salford for our Manchester Depot’s inaugural outing for BBC Sport Relief 2018. Designed by Rudi Thackray, this build incorporated 3 seating blocks with a 1’6 incremental rise up to 10’6 and cleverly used our stock 4x4 triangles to create these ‘arrowhead’ structures. With a performance stage to match the design. Katie Mountain, the director of our new Manchester depot, deserves a huge amount of credit for managing a tricky and shifting brief.

And a big thank you also to AKW Global Logistics who seamlessly provided trucking to a tight and complex schedule and to Crewsaders who were brilliant as ever.

"What a great job your team has done for us up here this week. The star of the show is obviously Katie, she has delivered a great product and all so easily."

Rudi Thackray, Production Design

Studio Lambert is an independent television production company based in London and Los Angeles. They asked us to come into The London Studios to install this seating block for one of their new shows. The steps went up in 1 foot increments to 6 foot and were then finished with black ply fascia. The back and sides of the structure were fitted with black molton for a neat finish.

"I would like to say a massive thank you to your team for all your work. The install, lead by Bradley and with an army of riggers, was incredibly smooth and quick. I very much look forward to engaging your services on the next project."

Joshua Grace, Production Designer

Brighton Dome is one of the south coast’s premier multi-arts venues and each year they produce over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more. Earlier in the year we worked alongside Andy for the Brighton Festival but this time we were called in to build a disabled viewing platform for the venue’s string of December shows and performances. Here you can see that we have installed the platform with 800mm balustrade guardrails to allow for the best possible sightlines.

“My Front of House team are thrilled with the viewing platform you guys put in. Thanks to you and the team for your hard work"

Andrew Furneaux, Production Manager

This was our fourth time working alongside My Beautiful City for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and once again it was a great success. For the past 2 years the show has been held at the Old Vic but this year it was at Theatre Royal, Drury lane in Covent Garden. The big winner of 2017 was “The Ferryman” picking up 3 gongs for their outstanding performances at The Royal Court and Gielgud Theatre. Our decks extended out over the house stage and into the auditorium to create a level surface for the awards ceremony itself. The creative production and art direction was provided by MBC.

"I appreciate your efforts during pre-production to make sure everything was in place and the way you managed the job on site was great.
Thanks Katie, you're the best!”

Olly Olsen, Production Manager at MBC

We are no strangers to Womad and Cornbury but this was our first outing to Greenbelt Festival. It started as a Christian music festival in 1974 with only an audience of 1,500 but has grown into a much more inclusive festival attended by around 20,000 people of all faiths. For us summer festivals are usually a matter of building various stages for acts and risers for DJs, however, Greenbelt saw us building a rather large ramp to allow for disabled access over the many levels of the Boughton House grounds. With all three jobs we were working for Judgeday who have over 30 years of experience in delivering and producing live music events and festivals across the country. We look forward to working with them again next year!

“We’ve had a great standard of service from Steeldeck this year.  Katie Mountain has been a pleasure to work with, and very happy with the install/de-rig at Greenbelt Festival, Cornbury and Womad. Thanks again”

Beckie Parsons, Project Manager at Judgeday

Starling Crossing' was created and developed by Umbrellium as part of Direct Line's 'The Smart Crossing' initiative. In short, it is an interactive pedestrian crossing that responds dynamically in real-time to make pedestrians, cyclists and drivers safer and more aware of each other. A crossing for the 21st Century that accounts for streets with more cars, pedestrians and technology. Why starling? STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearniNG crossing. As you can see from the pictures, Steeldeck built the substructure for the road and it was a great pleasure to be involved in such an innovative project!

"One of the big challenges to delivering the smart crossing was ensuring we had a completely level stage to mount the 660 LED panels and support the weight of moving vehicles weighing up to 2 tonnes. We also had to build a complete and working system in four days, ready for final software testing and the press turning up. After a last minute change of venue, the team from Steeldeck were incredibly responsive. We had the first reccy on the Friday before the load-in and when they moved on site it took them only a few hours to build 225 square meters of completely level stage. Having used Steeldeck products for projects since my teenage years, this was my first time using Steeldeck UK as a full service company. I'll definitely use them again."

Dan Sloane, Technical Director at Umbrellium

This was a very last minute job requiring a great many creative solutions. Working on a feature film set within a festival site, a ramp and platform were needed, allowing a steady-cam operator to make a tracking shot of a quad bike. Due to the last minute timings we were unable to survey the site prior to build and thus had to get creative, relying on sketches from the client and Google Earth. Our next challenge came when we realised we weren’t able to fit our 7.5 tonne truck onsite due to large amounts of British summer rain. Again, using our creative logic and careful liaison with the film crew and festival site, we were able to commission a 4 X 4 trailer with the capacity to carry all equipment to site. We were delighted to hear the client was impressed with our ingenuity and problem solving thus allowing the required tracking shot to be achieved.

It was a great pleasure to work for Atom Events again on this very large private party. We spent 5 days putting together over 1,100 deck for this job and luckily the weather stayed on our side throughout. As you can see, it looked pretty spectacular once everything was done.

“That was all kinds of special. Thank you so much for pulling out all the stops, not rolling your eyes when I changed my mind / added something for the 17th time, the professionalism of what you create, having a total 'can do' attitude throughout the process and just being all round brilliant eggs (large organic and free range eggs that when you get them home they actually hatch. Those types of eggs).”

Tom Freud, Director at Atom Events

Working alongside IMG UK, we were back at Excel London in July to install an auditorium of over 200 seats for the AJ Bell London Triathlon. It’s the largest triathlon in the world and the only one in Central London, taking in some of the city’s iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Westminster, London Bridge and The O2.

“Steeldeck were great to work with on the AJ Bell London Triathlon this summer. They were quick to send through all required paperwork and drawings, making our planning in the run up to the event a smooth process. During the event weekend, the Steeldeck crew were friendly and professional and we very much look forward to working together in future years.”

Alicia Mackay, Participant Experience Manager at IMG UK  

In June we were at the Lambeth Workshop to build a 13 tier stage, which was then clad in wood by William Floyd Maclean Studio and served as a place for visitors to sit and ponder. The occasion was the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture Graduate Show, where over 700 postgraduate students presented their work, exhibiting design solutions to pressing global problems.

“Time and logistical constraints meant careful planning and clear communication was key in pulling this job off. From early discussions with Cat in the office through to working with the team on site it's always professional and an absolute pleasure to work with Steeldeck.”

William Floyd Maclean

This last minute seating job at the beautiful Kensington Town Hall involved 2 seating blocks with over 250 of our upholstered seats. We were working for Media Services, who are one of the leading event production companies in London.

"The Steeldeck team were amazing with all the last min changes, Big shout out to Richard and Eli for their hard work"

Taz Zebrowski, Project Manager at Media Services

This was our third outing to the annual Brighton Fringe Festival working for Otherplace Brighton, one of the city’s leading venue management and production companies. Labelled the ‘festival within a festival’, with 4 theatres, 2 bars, a market town and a kids area, ‘The Warren’ was the location for our build. Here we installed a tiered stage with around 280 tip-up seats for a month of comedy, theatre, cabaret, music and family shows. Now that sounds like a recipe for some fun!

"There is a level of complexity with this particular project and Steeldeck have the ability and flexibility to design the custom tiered seating and fitted stage that we need."

Joshua Carr, Technical Director at Otherplace Productions Ltd

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical is a new musical of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rock n’ roll dream. Steeldeck have been along for the ride every step of the way so far. It all started with a stage at the Territorial Army Centre in London for rehearsals and since then we’ve provided staging for the load-ins and load-outs at the Opera House in Manchester and The Coliseum in London where the show has now been transferred to and is ready for it’s world premiere on 5 June.

“Katie has done another brilliant job - all very good - she is a class act.”

Simon Marlowe, BOOH Ltd

London’s answer to Edinburgh’s fringe” says Time Out and with six weeks of top notch comedy, drama, music, food and film, we’ll surely attest to that. This is certainly not our first venture down into the depths below Waterloo station but we’re not shy of getting a little dirty as it’s always nice to see how the organizers transform this underground labyrinth into an eye-popping art extravaganza.

“At VAULT Festival, we have worked with Steeldeck for 4 years now and couldn't rate them higher. They are setting the standard in the staging industry to which everyone else is trying to catch up to.”

Andy George - Head of production at Heritage Arts Company

Anya Hindmarch presented their new 2017 collection at Lindley Hall for London Fashion Week in February and Inca Productions asked us back to build the staging for perhaps the most ambitious project we have ever worked on in this venue. The show gets bigger and bolder every time and has become one of the most anticipated of fashion week, winning awards and continuing to deliver.  We look forward to whatever may be in store when the next London Fashion week comes around.

"Duncan and the Steeldeck team work tirelessly to build literally the foundation for our shows each season. Always on hand to problem-solve, they really are an integral part of the process."

Rachel Hudson, Producer - Inca Productions

‘Oklahoma!’, written in 1943 after the United states had entered World War II, was forecasted as a guaranteed flop by New York scouts. However, it soon became an enormous box-office hit running to 2,248 performances and is now viewed as a seminal and ground-breaking work of musical theatre. In this instance it was the turn of Westminster School to have a crack at it and we were tasked with transforming their hall in Little Dean’s yard into a first class theatre, all whilst dodging students coming out of classes. We installed 250 seats on a tiered stage reaching as high as 12 ft at the back, and from what we hear, the show was a huge success.

"The seat block was put up and taken down with speed and great care. We were very pleased and would be happy to use you again.”

Paul Mcleish, Technician - Westminster School

The drama department is a very important part of any school and every parent loves the opportunity to watch their kid flourish onstage. Sometimes not all of the eager spectators get the best sightline and so our tiered seating can provide an attractive and comfortable solution ensuring everyone can see clearly. Room size or shape is no issue as we are the only company who can build at a totally bespoke row depth, tier height and row length all at the same time. You should see some of the spaces we manage to cram into!

"I received quite a number of very positive comments from parents regarding the tiered seating and the same from a number of guests too. I hope that we will be able to work together again on future productions.”

Henry Ernst, Facilities Manager Francis Holland School


About Steeldeck

Steeldeck have been providing stage hire and raked seating solutions for over 25 years. We love a challenge and work hard on every project to ensure that our staging and seating is put to its best possible use. Steeldeck is still our primary stage rental solution, but we also offer the more portable Layher and scaffold solutions, allowing us to adapt to any event. We pride ourselves on great service, and our staff will be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly from the first phone call to stage disassembly. Give us a call, or enquire online for stage hire prices and to find out how Steeldeck's stage and seating hire can work for you.

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