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Big Bangs Experienced at Explosive Event12 April 2011
AV Unit needed to act quickly at this year's One Nucleus's Bench‐to‐Boardroom exhibition at Newmarket Racecourse. Brighton University’s Professor Hal Sosabowski entertained crowds a little too well at the annual life science and healthcare event - aimed at research and operational staff working within life science and technology companies – with his live exploding show Elemental Spectacular.
The crowds gathered, all eager to see the various explosions and chemical reactions at the skilled hands of Professor Hal.
This rush of sheer numbers attending the stand was so vast that visibility became an issue for people arriving later, standing at the back, who were unable to get a detailed view into the Professor's "porta‐lab". AV Unit, the Ipswich‐based audio‐visual producers for the event, had to be quick on their feet and within minutes had rigged up a large plasma screen with a live video feed to allow all delegates an up‐close and personal experience ‐ without singeing their eyebrows!
Event organiser One Nucleus was thrilled with the turn‐out, and the quick response from AV Unit, one of the region's leading audio‐visual production companies.
New Stansted Express Arrives On Time01 April 2011
Bang on time it had to be and bang on time it was!
For its inaugural journey, the new Stansted Express train had to leave Liverpool Street Station precisely on time and it did, thanks to the great team work and slick performance of Eventuoso, the Ipswich-based full service Events Management Company and Jacob Bailey, London based lead marketing and Creative Agency for train operator Stansted Express.
Eventuoso and Jacob Bailey worked together to come up with the creative concept and organise the launch, with just 15 minutes to put on a red-carpet event fit for the occasion. At such a busy station as Liverpool Street, the new state-of-the art class 379 Electrostar train – for the special naming ceremony and inaugural journey to Stansted Airport – had to be allocated platform space within the constraints of a 15 minute slot in the normal operation of the station to avoid any disruption to scheduled trains.
So, once the previous train had pulled out of the platform, the teams sprung into action. Down went the red carpet, up went the bunting and the plaque was placed on the side of the train ready for the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, to unveil it.
Health and safety requirements were prioritised – for example, Eventuoso staff had to make sure that the bunting did not go above a certain level. They, along with Jacob Bailey, also worked closely with station staff to minimise the tannoy use during the ceremony.
Organisers also created a theme for the first journey to Stansted. Staff were dressed as City folk, complete with classic bowler hats to welcome the 100 or so guests to Liverpool Street and then metamorphosed into airline (trainline) staff for the journey.
After Mr Hammond's speech, in which he stated the upgraded Stansted Express service would provide more comfortable journeys and a 20 per cent increase in capacity, the guests were able to board the train.
With the event following a holiday theme, at the end of their journey, guests were met at Stansted by a steel band and tropical refreshments.
Eventuoso managing director Adam Clark described the event as “challenging owing to the various restraints on time, budget and access”.
He added: “However, the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all, with a good media turnout and excellent feedback from Stansted Express for a job well done.”