GQ Awards – Structure Build

October 14, 2014

The Halo Live teams recent structure build at the Royal Opera House for the GQ Awards 2014 organisers Timebased Events was a huge success. Here’s some of the highlights from the build. 

After our previously successful build in 2013 at the same event, this year saw The Halo Group join teams with the GQ Awards organisers Timebased Events once again. This project is unique in many ways. Under normal circumstances, erecting a unclad skeletal frame structure indoors would be relatively straight forward however the grade I listed Royal Opera House posed significant challenges to our design and build teams. To overcome these, our in house creative department set about designing what would eventually form the mezzanine platform at the event.

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Using our modular steel  build system, we created the above formation. The main obstacle was the venue’s staircase & the fact that as the building was listed, we could not secure to any exiting points so the entire design had to be floating. Our brief was to build a platform to join the venues two parallel mezzanine balconies to form a “U” shape  around the room but to do so, we had to build over the venues stairwell. Despite our structures flexibility, there are space requirements to ensure structural integrity. Due the positioning of the stairwell, there was limited room to place the supporting square feet at the rear centre of the structure. To over come this, we engineered a solution utilising a steel RSJ beam which was positioned behind the stairwell as pictured below and in partnership with our structural engineers Michael Aubrey Partnership and consultation with Westminster council, the issues was remedied.

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Once the intricacies of this millimetre perfect adjustment had been made, it was back to business as usual. From here, we built in floor boards to create a solid platform.

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A tiered level was then created using steel decking with additional handrails at the back and front of the top level.

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To create a high end finish in line with the celebrity guest list we developed and incorporated reinforced glass and brushed steel  handrails, giving the overall aesthetic a clean crisp edge.

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The project provided a sleek, functional mezzanine balcony that enabled event organisers Timebased Events to increase the over all capacity of the event, placing additional tables on our structure. The partnership represents a great example of how The Halo Group is able to operate as specialist suppliers as well as providing full production services.

GQ Man of the Year Awards 2014

Our client was extremely happy with our delivery, thus further augmenting our relationship. We look forward to many more successful collaborations in the future.


“We are now in our second year working at the Royal Opera House with The Halo Group. I have found their team to be highly professional, consistently providing services that have helped Timebased to deliver first class events for key clients in our portfolio. We look forward to developing this further going forward”

Richard Dodgson – Creative Director, Timebased Events


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