It is with much sadness that we have to tell you that former colleague and long standing friend of Litestructures, Andy Winter sadly passed away on the morning of 4th August 2018.
His funeral is to be held at Kettlethorpe Crematorium, Wakefield on Monday 20th August at 2.20pm and then afterwards at the New Inn, Walton.
Our deepest sympathy is with Andys wife, Hazel and their son, Chris as well as the rest of his family and friends.
5.11.1952 to 04.08.2018
Chip Ganassi Racing
Congratulations to our friends at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing who had a third podium finish in three consecutive years at 24 Heures du Mans.
This year also marks the third consecutive year that Litestructures has partnered with the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team. We provide bespoke-built garage gantries with LED lighting and integral engineer stations to the team.
Have a look at our second blog inspired by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts exhibition, ‘Superstructures’.
Adrian Brooks, Chairman of Production Park and Founder of Litestructures, and Miles Marsden, Litestructures’ Client Director discuss their own favourite Superstructures.
24 Heures du Mans
Litestructures are proud to support the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team this weekend at 24 Heures du Mans.
Now in the third year of its successful Ford GT race programme, which has seen Ford Chip Ganassi Racing win at Le Mans in 2016 and finish as runner-up in 2017, the team is ready to take on all challengers.
“It’s rewarding to see all four cars come together as one team every year at Le Mans,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsport.
“Le Mans is always the ultimate challenge but this year it has gone up a level through the sheer size of the opposition. We’re going up against the best that Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette and BMW have to offer and we can’t wait. This is why we race.”
Ford and Litestructures
2018 marks the 3rd consecutive year that Litestructures has worked with Ford Performance.
Have a read about the bespoke garages we have supplied to the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team…
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is celebrating the developments in architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s with their exhibition ‘Superstructures’.
Litestructures Founder, Adrian Brooks and Client Director, Miles Marsden have shared with us some of their views on ‘Superstructures’ with a focus on their favourite bridges. Read more here…
The first ever FIA World Endurance Championship “Super Season” gets underway this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
After completing an intensive winter programme, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team, proudly supported by Litestructures, is stronger than ever and ready for what is expected to be the most competitive GTE Pro class battle ever.
The 6 Hours of Spa gets underway on Saturday, May 5 at 13:30, so keep an eye out for Ford Performance Cars #66 & #67.
Refined Chip Ganassi Racing car
Litestructures are proud to support the Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing WEC Team throughout the 2018 season.
Take a look at their refined car for the 2018 campaign…👏👏👏
ITV Calendar News come to Production Park
Take a look at the report…
24 Heures Du Mans 2018
Rolex 24 Daytona
Litestructures are very proud to be supporting The Ford PerformanceChip Ganassi Racing Team for the 2018 season.
Congratulations to the team last weekend on winning the opening race of the season at the Rolex 24, Daytona!
Renault F1 Garage with elements supported by Litestructures
Some more images of Renault Sport Formula One Team‘s garage structures.
Litestructures are proud to support the team throughout the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Proud to support Renault F1 Team
Litestructures are proud to show continued support to the Renault Sport Formula One Team throughout the 2017 F1 season.
The team retained 7th position in the Constructors Championship after 78 laps around the most iconic circuit in Formula 1 at The Monaco Grand Prix. Despite Nico Hülkenberg dropping out of the race due to gearbox issues, Renault were still able to have a good day as Jolyon Palmer finished with a season-best eleventh position.
We now look ahead to the upcoming weekend and Litestructures would like to wish Renault all the best in the Canadian Grand Prix!
Ford GT Win
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team won the first race of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship with a victory at Silverstone over the weekend.
#67 Ford GT was first past the chequered flag in the season opener with sister car #66 Ford GT finishing in 4th position.
Litestructures are proud to continually support the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC team and we’d like to wish them further success throughout the 2017 season.
Ford GT Easter weekend
The 2017 World Endurance Championship gets underway this weekend with the season opener, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, taking place over Easter weekend.
The season will include the 85th running of the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans and ends at the Bahrain International Circuit in November.
Litestructures are once again very proud to support the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC team throughout the season.
Our friends at Renault Sport Formula One Team endured a frustrating weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix finishing in 12th and 13th positions after an eventful 56 lap race at the Shanghai International Circuit.
As proud supporters, we wish them better luck in the Bahrain GP this weekend!
Anatomy of a Ford GT Pit-Stop
Litestructures are proud to be official suppliers to the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC Team.
Check out Top Gear’s step by step article on their pit-stop process.
Litestructures are proud to support Renault Sport Formula One Team in the 2017 season!
The next race is in China on Sunday and we can’t wait!
We are proud to support the team throughout F1 season and wish them good luck for the rest of the weekend in Australia.
Liteconsole @ SXSW
The LiteConsoles travel all over the globe with world-class artists after they have been produced by Litestructures on-site at Production Park in Wakefield…
Photo credit: Thomas Jackson from Tynesight Photography
Tony Cragg Exhibition sponsored by Litestructures
Litestructures are proud to sponsor the new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: A Rare Category of Objects.
It is the biggest UK exhibition to date by leading sculptor Tony Cragg.
‘You couldn’t hope to find a more appropriate embodiment of YSP’s innovative exploratory spirit than the visionary work of Tony Cragg’ (The Daily Telegraph).
Litestructures NAIAS Lexus
Litestructures recently undertook work for George P Johnson to deliver a unique structure for luxury car brand Lexus at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit!
Read more about it here:
Litestructures Supports Renault F1 2017
Litestructures are proud to support Renault F1 in their upcoming season.
We can’t wait for lights out! #RenaultF1
Litestructures sponsors Tony Cragg Exhibition
Litestructures are proud to sponsor the UK’s biggest exhibition to date by leading sculptor Tony Cragg, which opens on 4 March at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
New sculptures, drawings and works drawn from nearly five decades of Cragg’s practice will survey and demonstrate the artist’s pioneering and continued mastery of materials.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing won the GTLM title at Rolex 24 at Daytona over the weekend!
The win gives Ford Chip Ganassi Racing its second major 24-hour race in the last eight months after claiming the 24 Hours of Le Mans last June.
“It’s a proud day for everyone at Ford,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “It’s a great way to start 2017, and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone who worked so hard to prepare for this race”.
Litestructures are proud to have been an official supplier and supporter of Ford GT in their maiden year!
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team had a very successful year including a victory at Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the 1966 win.
Relive their best moments of 2016 here…
Frank Stella 2014
In 2014, the Litestructures team were given the task of fabricating K.304, a ground-breaking sculpture designed by world famous artist Frank Stella.
Standing at 11.7 meters high and weighing 13.5 tonnes the enormous scale of this project provided the team with plenty of challenges throughout the 12 month build; but despite its colossal size, we were still able to carry out a full test-build before installation outside Frank Stella’s studio in New York.
The Litestructures installation team travelled to New York in November 2014 to carry out construction of the project alongside American crew supplied by the client.
Autosport International Show
Litestructures have spent the day at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham today!
We are pleased to have worked on this great looking stand for Ligier UKwhere they launched their new Ligier JS P3 LMP3 class prototype!
Happy New Year!
We’ve been lucky enough to deliver some great projects over the last 12 months… some of which can be seen on Production Park’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCnMVvMZ34mm9ry9g1FYoLwA/videos
Now we’re excited to see what lies ahead in 2017 and we can’t wait to get stuck in!
Happy New Year all!
4 Ford GTs at the Rolex 24
It has been announced that Ford Chip Ganassi Racing are going to field four Ford GTs at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January!
The Ford GT program earned six wins in its debut year, highlighted by an historic win at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Chip Ganassi, Ford Chip Ganassi owner, said, “Even with the success we had last season winning six races, I think we have some unfinished business in Daytona… the opportunity to compete with all four cars at the same time, in a race as prestigious as Daytona, is very special.”
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Award
Litestructures are proud to have sponsored the first-ever Hepworth Prize for Sculpture!
The winner, Helen Marten, vowed to split her £30,000 winnings between the other three nominees!
“In the light of the world’s ever lengthening political shadow, the art world has a responsibility to show how democracy should work. I’m was flattered to be on the shortlist and even more so if my fellow nominees would share the Prize with me.”
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Award
Last night, Production Park attended the The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Awards Dinner at The Hepworth, Wakefield
Helen Marten won the inaugural prize, scooping the £30,000 prize as a result.
Litestructures are the proud headline sponsors of the UK’s newest art prize!
Read more on the BBC website, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38014384
The Hepworth Party
We had a great time at the opening of the most ambitious project that The Hepworth Wakefield has undertaken since its opening – The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture!
‘What a rich, varied and contrary exhibition this is. The show celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Hepworth Wakefield, one of our best regional museums.’ (The Guardian)
The Hepworth Party
Litestructures are headline sponsors of the UK’s newest art prize – The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture!
Everyone is invited to see The Hepworth Wakefield’s largest ever exhibition at the opening party tomorrow evening!!
No need to RSVP, just turn up…
We built and installed ‘Forecast’ by Barber & Osgerby for the inaugural London Design Biennale.
News: London Design Biennale
Litestructures built and installed ‘Forecast with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’ for the inaugural London Design Biennale.
‘It was curated by London’s V&A Museum and built by Litestructures…’
Take a look at the article by Dezeen below:
London Design Biennale
We built Barber and Osgerby’s installation, ‘Forecast’, which references Britain’s nautical past and its future use of renewable energy.
We are proud to be involved!
London Design Biennale
Litestructures are proud to be supporting designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby with their installation for the upcoming London Design Biennale!
The festival opens in September at Somerset House and showcases newly commissioned work by world-leading museums and design organisations.
There will be over 30 nations participating from across 6 continents, exploring the theme: Utopia by Design.
Keep an eye out for the UK’s installation ‘Forecast’!
The Hepworth, Wakefield has announced four shortlisted artists for their inaugural award, The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture!
– Phyllida Barlow
– Steven Claydon
– Helen Marten
– David Medalla
The new biennial award, will recognise a UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture is an integral part of the gallery’s 5th anniversary celebrations and named in honour of Barbara Hepworth.
Litestructures are very proud to sponsor such a prestigious award!
Fords return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the weekend resulted in a historic GTE-Pro class victory!!
“This is an historic moment for the Ford Motor Company,” Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, said in a statement. “We dared to dream that we could return to Le Mans, 50 years after the incredible 1966 win, and take on the toughest competition in the world. The pride we all felt when the Ford GT crossed the line at Le Mans is indescribable.”
Litestructures have been an official supplier to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC Team throughout the series and are proud of the team’s great achievement!
Fifty years after Ford’s legendary 1-2-3 finish in 1966, Ford is returning to Le Mans!!
Ford’s 1966 Le Mans winner, Chris Amon, reminisced about that historic race…
“There’s no question that winning Le Mans with Ford was a very special moment in my career” (pictures below)
In all, 12 drivers from around the world will race for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the big race which is held this weekend (18th-19th June).
Not Vital’s wonderful sculptures
Swiss artist #NotVital’s exhibition is now OPEN at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Litestructures are proud headline sponsors.
The exhibition opened today following the installation of Not Vital’s wonderful sculptures.
Get down to YSP to see the sculptures on display!
The installation of #NotVital‘s major exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is well underway and Litestructures are proud headline sponsors!
Vital’s 8-metre tall stainless steel Big Tongue (2008) can be seen outside the Bothy Gallery.
The exhibition officially opens on 21 May – put the date in your diaries!#YSP
We love our motor sports at Litestructures!
Recently we have worked with Ford, but other past clients include: Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Virgin Racing, Haas Racing, Renault, Lotus F1 plus others!
It’s worth taking 3 minutes out of your day to watch these Top 5 highlights from last season…
Litestructures are proud to sponsor the first major UK exhibition by internationally renowned sculptor Not Vital.
The exhibition will take place from the 21st May to 2nd January at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
With studios in the tiny Swiss village of Sent and Beijing, China, as well as homes in Rio de Janeiro and Niger, the exhibition reflects Vital’s nomadic and diverse practice, including paintings and works on paper, indoor pieces made from plaster, silver, gold, marble, glass and coal, and outdoor sculptures in stainless steel and bronze.
Ford Chip Ganassi Gantry
We designed and manufactured a bespoke gantry with lighting and an integral engineer’s station for #FordWEC Team!
The Ford Chip Ganassi Team made its race debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship on Sunday. Their two cars, #67 Ford GT and #66 Ford GT, finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Take a look at our work in Ford’s pit garage at Silverstone.
We are the proud headline sponsors of Not Vital’s upcoming exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The exhibition starts on the 21st May and runs through till the 2nd January 2017!
The Monster Energy Grandstand designed, engineered and manufactured by Litestructures is currently back on site for maintenance!
Last year, Litestructures were approached with a brief to produce a completely unique automated grandstand structure to be used by Monster Energy in motocross events around Europe.
Due to the design parameters specified by our client, we were tasked with ensuring a rapid build procedure. To meet this specification, we designed a complex hydraulically operated grandstand structure that is deployed at the push of 5 simple buttons. It has a capacity of 180 people, being the only purpose built grandstand on the MXGP circuit!
Litestructures has been trusted time and time again as a supplier to leading Formula 1 teams.
Our consistent approach in providing top quality structures has allowed us to be a preferred supplier to many prestigious sporting brands. We can be relied upon to support and enhance any event whether it’s Sport, Art or Brand.
One example of the work we do with Formula One teams can be seen in the pictures below. In the past, we have provided several key elements for Red Bull, including stands, garage structures and the all-important telemetry pod.
Virgin Racing Hospitality Structure
Litestructures were approached by former Formula One racing team, Virgin Racing, to design and manufacture a hospitality structure in 2010.
The structure, known in the paddock as a ‘motorhome’, had to be portable to allow transportation between events, but equally had to be unique and have outstanding visual impact.
Designed to host press conferences, receptions, and to provide a private retreat for VIP guests, the motorhome featured two floors and accommodated between 60-100 guests.
This is just one example of the outstanding structures we can create at Litestructures!
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
You’ve read about how we built the epic circular LED lighting system for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ huge stand at the Detroit NAIAS, and seen the pictures. Now watch the video…
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
We helped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles create their biggest and most ambitious stand to date at the North American International Auto Show last week.
We made a series of huge circular LED channels which represent gears, that were suspended above the Fiat, Chrysler and Alpha Romeo stands.
Each circle in the series interacts with the other to create a spectacular ever changing display of light.
New offices at Production Park
Here is a sneaky peak at our new project and design offices on Production Park
Autosport International Show
We are looking forward to attending Autosport International show this week at Birmingham NEC.
Hope to see some of you there….
Sponsors of Not Vital
Litestructures are proud sponsors of world renowned sculptor Not Vital’s first UK exhibition which starts in May this year at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield.
In this video he talks about his influences and some of the most memorable moments in his career so far…….
Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Not Vital
Litestructures are really proud to be primary sponsors of this exciting exhibition…
Production Park phase 1 Launch & Xmas Party
Had a brilliant time at the Production Park Christmas Party and Phase 1 launch last night!
Alex Chinneck ‘Bullet from a shooting star’
Take a look at this incredible drone footage of Alex Chinneck’s ‘Bullet From a Shooting Star’
Alex Chinneck ‘Bullet from a shooting star’
Artists, photographers and designers continue to be inspired by Alex Chinneck’s Bullet from a Shooting Star.
We made this 35 meter sculpture for him back in September where it was displayed as part of the London Design Festival.
Take a fresh look at it through the eyes of these different photographers…
SnoozeBox Portable hotel
Congratulations to Snoozebox Portable Hotel who have been voted one of Britain’s coolest brands.
We’re not surprised they made the list as they are such a brilliant idea. Their pods and hotel rooms are completely portable so they can be transported to events and festivals whenever they are needed.
Litestructures have stayed in one and can confirm that they are very comfy.
(We’ve also worked with Snoozebox before too, so we’re hoping that makes us a little bit cool as well.)
Litestructures are proud sponsors of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Not Vital exhibition in 2016.
Not Vital is an internationally renowned sculptor and this will be his first major exhibition in the UK.
We chose to support this exhibition because we admire Not’s imaginative use of materials and beautiful outdoor structures.
We are very much looking forward to seeing them set against the wonderful backdrop of the park.
The much anticipated Halo 5, Guardians launches this month on October the 27th. People started pre-ordering the game in December last year.
In 2012 we made a huge Halo UFO to fly over London on bonfire night for the launch of Halo 4.
Check out video footage below….
Supporting The Hepworth Gallery
Litestructures are proud supporters of The Hepworth Wakefield ‘The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture’, which will be announced in 2016.
This is a really exciting project to be involved with as it has been billed as sculpture’s answer to the ‘Turner Prize’
The bi-annual award recognises a UK artist who has made a significant contribution to contemporary sculpture.
The winner will be announced in October 2016 with the shortlist being displayed at The Hepworth for the public to come and see.
We will keep you up-dated on who the shortlisted artists are when they have been chosen by the judging panel.
In the meantime, here are some articles about the prize if you want to know more…..
YSP & The Hepworth Gallery
Creating sculptures and art installations is incredibly rewarding for us so we are big supporters of The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Gallery, both of which are world class art museums right on our doorstep.
Today we attended the preview of Bill Viola’s new exhibition at YSP which was incredibly impressive.
We will be supporting both museums throughout 2016, details of which will follow in due course.
Litestructures would like to congratulate Jona Hoad Design for coming third in the Best Decorative Lighting Installation category in the darc Awards last week.
We fabricated this spectacular chandelier for Jona Hoad earlier this year and it now takes centre stage on board P&O Cruises most luxurious Cruise Liner to date, The Britannia.
Very well deserved guys.
Beltane & Pop
Situated on the Thames is the Beltane&Pop Crystal Cabin, fabricated by Litestructures earlier this year.
This vibrant structure is embellished with thousands of filaments and facets to create an ever-changing pattern of colour and light.
The Cabin has seating on the top deck where you can enjoy Beltane and Pop’s Slush and Ice Pops overlooking the Thames, before taking a slide back down to the embankment.
The Salted Caramel Truffle Ice Pop is our favourite…..
Monster Energy Grandstand
We are really proud of this Grandstand that we designed and built for Monster Energy.
The Grandstand seats 250 people and fits onto the back of an arctic truck so it can easily be transported to events all over Europe.
This video shows how the grandstand unfolds in just five simple steps.
Blink and you’ll miss it!
Bullet from a Shooting Star
We did it!
Alex Chinneck’s ‘Bullet from a Shooting Star’ is now installed at Greenwich for the London Design Festival, without the support of cranes.
This has been one of our most rewarding and challenging projects to date.
If you are at the festival make sure you come and see this gravity defying installation, the festival opens this weekend.
Alex Chinneck’s gravity defying installation ‘Bullet from a shooting star’ has been grabbing the headlines.
This article includes some great shots of the sculpture being made.
London Design Festival
‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ comprises 450 pieces of steel and 900 engineered connection points, all constructed from a combined length of 1186 metres of steel weighing 15 tons.
At 35 metres tall, this is a really exciting and challenging project for us.
We have been holding our breath throughout testing but it’s looking really exceptional. We can’t wait to see the finished piece in situ next week….
We are now part of Production Park.
Production Park is 300,000 sq ft of Live events Heaven.
Take a look at a Map of the entire site and check out the Production Park website to find out how you can join……
Production Manager – Andrew Field
Due to the shortage of skilled workers that is affecting the industry, employing apprentices is the best way to keep a fully functioning, skilled workforce conversant with the Litestructures methodology of production. Investing in apprentice schemes increased Litestructures’ competitiveness, as learning at an early stage in their career reduces our manufacturing costs and having a new team of apprentices each year keeps our workforce fresh. They can progress into highly skilled, motivated workers that can carry out the range of work that we undertake.
Apprentice – Tyler Pickard
Since starting at Litestructures, I have been able to work on packing Liteconsole, stores, Nissan unit take-down and the Monster grandstand project, enabling me to learn new skills including using the saw and other machinery in the workshop. I really enjoy the hands on nature of the work, and working whilst learning is the best thing about doing an apprenticeship.
Apprentice – Alex Durham
My apprenticeship at Litestructures gave me the chance to work on Liteconsole prep, the Monster grandstand project and as a stores assistant. I have gained numerous skills, such as how to use the drill, brief stores skills, how to pack and prepare for the Liteconsole team and I have developed my communication skills. The atmosphere is great, with interesting work and helpful colleagues who share new ideas with me.
Apprentice – Josh Tordoff
While I’ve been at Litestructures, I have worked on a Nissan hospitality suite, the Mercedes F1 garage and pit lane equipment and a project for the New Britannia cruise liner. Here, I have learnt a long list of skills including welding, fabricating and team skills. I really enjoy travelling to different sites to complete projects and being part of a great team, and learning a trade while on the job.
Monster Energy Grandstand
Litestructures was approached with a brief to design, engineer and manufacture an automated grandstand structure to be used by Monster Energy in motocross events around Europe.
Everyone at Litestructures would like to congratulate Nissan on their huge success last weekend at the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Take a look at this video tour of the hospitality suite we built for them complete with a giant red tube slide.
Jona Hoad , Starburst
The Queen christened P&O’s Britannia Cruise ship today. The focal point of the ship is Jona Hoad’s stunning Starburst light sculpture fabricated here at Litestructures.
We are all really proud of the finished design.
Photos courtesy of P&O
Jona Hoad , Starburst
The Litestructures team are installing the ground breaking Starburst Chandelier, designed by artist Jona Hoad for P&O’s newest cruise ship, Britania. The whole team have been blown away by the scale and luxury of this incredible ship. Litestructures have been working on the fabrication and installation of this amazing light sculpture for the past 12 months.
Litestructures have been busy with the install over the past few weeks in preparation for the ship’s sea trail, which took place last weekend.
Litestructures have just finished working on the latest Snoozebox hotel. These pictures show the portable hotel at the Snoozebox launch last week. These hotels can be transported to events almost anywhere in the world as they fold neatly onto the back of a trailer.
Snoozebox is a unique and innovative portable hotel providing luxury ‘on-site’ accommodation at major events and festivals across the UK and Europe. Offering flexible configurations and room availability, Snoozebox can be fully operational and ready to welcome guests within days of arriving at almost any event or location around the world.
Each Snoozebox room has an en-suite wet room with shower, basin and toilet, serviced daily with quality towels and toiletries. Comfortable beds, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a personal safe guarantees guests a relaxed and enjoyable stay, whatever the weather!
And, Snoozebox is truly adaptable, totally self-contained and can be operated independent of mains services.
Ben Brooks has just returned from a very snowy trip to New York, where he took this stunning photograph of Frank Stella’s K.304 sculpture set against the record snow they are experiencing there.
The sculpture weighs 13.5 tonnes and took Litestructures’ Alex White and his team 10 days to install.
K.304 (full size) 2013 by Frank Stella. Manufactured and installed by Litestructures at Frank’s studio in New York.
Enjoy! Frank Stella’s K.304 sculpture is 11.7 meters high and took 12 months to manufacture.
Another small section of K.304 (full size) This picture begins to give you an understanding of the huge scale of this amazing piece of art by world renowned artist Frank Stella.
Litestructures have just completed an incredible project in New York. Here is a picture of a very small section of the piece.
Keep posted for photos of the full structure. Its scale and design will blow you away…
Nissan Halo, Structural Awards
The Litestructures team are really looking forward to attending the Institution of Structural Engineers, Structural Awards in London this evening. Litestructures and our friends at Brilliant Stages were the principle contractors on the Nissan Halo Project, which has been nominated for an award tonight.
The Halo involves a huge oval structure cantilevering over an amphitheatre-like space as the key design element for the new global Nissan Motor Show booth design. The 30m long cantilever is the longest ever achieved to date using parts based on standard lightweight aluminium truss products. The structure comprises three long-span oval rings floating over the booth and is inspired by the slipstream effect visible around the Nissan GTR during wind tunnel testing. There are no strings attached to support the rings; they simply cantilever away from the stage and are supported by the stage itself acting as a counter-balance and by the lever generated on the ground. The entire structure can be assembled in a continuous 29 hour shift.
This cantilever is an impressive piece of lightweight structural engineering using standard aluminium components that can be assembled by hand in a short period. It is a celebration of the engineer’s art seen by thousands of visitors to the Nissan Motor Show, and demonstrates what can be done with ingenuity and innovative thinking.
Unity Works, Wakefield
Litestructures is proud to support Unity Works Wakefield.
The purpose of Unity Works is to be the creative heart of Wakefield enabling innovation and creativity to thrive.
Unity Works is for individuals, organisations and communities wishing to inspire and be inspired.
We engage young and emerging enterprises based in our space, by encouraging them to think creatively, helping them to grow and prosper.
Unity Works is the venue to excite people; by staging music, concerts, conferences and events that have a national and international reach.
The London Design Festival
Litestructures is proud to have worked on the Zaha Hadid Crest project at #LDF14. Come and see it at the V&A all next week.
The London Design Festival
The Litestructures team are at the Victoria and Albert museum today working on the Zaha Hadid project for London Design Festival.
We can’t wait to see the finished structure this weekend.
The London Design Festival
Litestructures is very much looking forward to the unveiling of this beautiful structure at London Design Festival this weekend.
Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and commissioned by Meliã Hotels International, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre
of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed as a permanent feature within the ME Hotel in Dubai, also designed by Zaha Hadid, which opens in 2016. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure inherent within the hotel’s design.
Engineered with Buro Happold and manufactured by Litestructures, the shell-like structure was pre-stressed in order to be realised as thin as possible, assembled as a flat plate of aluminium which is then bent into shape in situ.
“We envisioned creating a piece that would emerge from the pool which is the centrepiece of the space, both visually and in terms of social interaction,” explains Hadid. “Crest is intended to offer an exciting new perspective with which visitors experience the courtyard. It will multiply the movements of the water and the historic backdrop within which it is sited. It will capture the attention of visitors as they enter the space and draw them towards exploring the new quality of space created within.”
Hadid’s intention for Crest is that it should complete the pool as though it was always intended to be a part of the space. The title comes from the crest rising above the waves in the pool, creating a new peak and visual focal point within the courtyard which is simultaneously in dialogue with the historic architectural environment as well as actively reflecting the movements within it, via the metallic surface which reflects the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside.
Dark Arches Holdings acquires Brilliant Stages and Litestructures Projects
Dark Arches Holdings, owner of LS-Live, Perry Scenic Creative and founding investor in Backstage Academy, has acquired Brilliant Stages and Litestructures Projects from Prolyte Group.
This move will allow both entities to focus on their core activities in order to better service the marketplace. For Prolyte this means dedicated concentration on the manufacturing and sale of truss, staging and complementary products like the ProLyft hoists.
Dark Arches Holdings meanwhile remains an independent family-owned group and has identified synergistic opportunities in the three project businesses of Brilliant Stages, Litestructures Projects and Perry Scenic Creative alongside its studio and equipment services business, LS-Live, and the Backstage Academy training model in Wakefield.
As Lambert Bouwmeester, CEO Prolyte Group states: “As a result of this latest phase in the streamlining of Prolyte Group, Prolyte now consists of several sales offices actively operating on the European and Asian continent.”
“Without the diversion of project related work, sometimes performed in competition with our core customers, we can concentrate on doing this as effectively and efficiently as possible – providing the benefit of our efforts to our network of buyers and users.”
Continuing, Adrian Brooks, Chairman of Dark Arches Holdings, Founder of Litestructures and a former shareholder of the Prolyte Group explains: “It has become clear that dedicated project business was something that didn’t really fit in with the Prolyte strategy.
“Litestructures Projects and Brilliant Stages remained islands within Prolyte, their core business focus profoundly different from standard sales and requiring not only a different team but also a different production set-up.
“Meanwhile with LS-Live and Perry Scenic Creative in our business portfolio, we see a clear opportunity to create a strong solution for all project requirements.
“This will in turn allow Prolyte to focus on their core standard product business, and indeed they will remain our main supplier for trussing and staging products.”
Completing the company transfer, Adrian Brooks has stepped down as shareholder of the Prolyte Group.
Prolyte Sales UK will continue as Prolyte Sales Ltd., moving to new premises within a short timeframe and conducting the supply of Prolyte Standard products in the UK.
Trusting to have informed you sufficiently and always open to discuss any questions you may have,
Dark Arches Holdings