“All the world’s a stage” with Hoist UK

Hoist UK have provided the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Scenic Workshops in Stratford upon Avon, with a system of lightweight aluminium cranes and monorail track.

The systems provided are used in a fabrication facility, which constructs unique set pieces for forthcoming productions in their own theatre venues and performance spaces in and around the city.

Hoist UK provided two 500kg rigid aluminium manual crane systems each with a span of 4.2m and longitudinal runs of 10m and 17m respectively, with a 20m aluminium monorail system to enable fabricated pieces to be manipulated in the workspace.

Alan Bartlett, Head of Construction & Technical Design at the Scenic workshops said: “The system provided by Hoist UK is excellent as it enables us to position and move large and irregular shaped items easily and quickly, and we have already used it for the construction of custom set pieces for David Tennant’s performances in Hamlet (as shown), as well as many other RSC productions”

The hoists provided on the system were the VHR series hand chain hoist from Verlinde, which are a heavy duty hoist and the benefit of an overload protection device, which is a very unique feature of this manual hoist.

The cranes were suspended from the clients existing roof steelwork using standard articulated suspension brackets with a clipped connection, so there was the minimum of disruption to the facility during the installation and testing of the system.

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