Since PRG UK opened its Design & Operations Hub in Greenford back in 2019, the facility has been a huge success! We’ve welcomed a variety of clients across all of our markets to use the state-of-the-art equipment onsite.
The hub, which is located in Greenford, showcases three pre-viz design suites, which provide industry professionals access to a range of resources to assist in creative design and technical planning. Forming an ongoing programme of investment, this new installation features industry leading lighting consoles, and dedicated platforms, running both WYSIWYG and MA3D software, with full HD monitors.
Speaking about the facility, Tiago Lima, PRG Design Services Manager commented: “The three pre-viz suites have been instrumental in providing full lighting service resources. Our new self-contained suites have allowed us to not only provide clients with state-of-the-art resources, but also apply immediate technical support, covering all aspects of production. We continue to welcome further clients from all our areas of our business to come and try out the facilities.”
Created with our customers in mind, the self-contained suites offer relaxed and informal surroundings, making them ideal for client meetings and presentations. The main pre-viz suite is equipped with two programming stations, for co-programming your lighting and video projects. Each station is equipped with audio interfaces, audio inputs, timecode, 1GIG network switches, ARTNET DMX interface and console external screens.
The other two contained suites offer one programming station, suitable for smaller scale productions. The Design and Operations hub also benefits from direct access to an onsite warehouse, full of lighting inventory making it suitable for equipment reference and product demonstrations.
Our Design & Operations Hub recently welcomed Associate Lighting Designer Sean Gleason, and Lighting Programmer Tom Davis from the hugely successful stage musical, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’. The lighting design was slightly modified from Lucy Carter’s original design for the West End production, and for the first time PRG’s Icon Stage lighting fixture was integrated into the amended lighting rig.
Speaking about using the WYSIWYG software, Sean Gleason commented: “The pre-viz suites have allowed us to track the lighting rig and visualise how the rig would look on stage and how the lighting fixtures would be programmed in the touring show. The WYSIWYG software is incredibly accurate to show exactly how the fixtures would be operated during the production and can also give us an indication of where the beams will shine on stage. It helps us create a more balanced rig when lighting the backdrop and the performers on stage and saves on production time, as we can do all this without using up valuable tech rehearsal time leading up to a show opening. PRG have been incredibly welcoming and have assisted in everything we need. The design services team have been great assisting us with additional technical expertise to fulfil all of the lighting and technical requirements.”
For more information on our Design & Operations Hub, view our digital brochure.
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