Some Fun at Somerset House

This summer the people of London were treated once again to an amazing Design Biennale show at Somerset House. Pirates were brought on by the wonderful and talented team at Litestructures to help pre-assemble, construct onsite and in the end, efficiently remove 9 of the exhibits at this year’s show.

4 of our Production Carpenters spent 2 weeks leading up to the build up in Wakefield at the highly impressive Production Park, working with the PP Team and Designers to pre-assemble & label up the exhibits as well as to troubleshoot any potential issues, thus trying to making the onsite build as easy as possible.

Once the exhibits were built, marked up, broken down and then loaded on the wagons, it was off to London for the build! On a lovely Sunday morning on the Embankment 4 Pirate Carpenters joined the Litestructures project management team with the support of 6 Pirate Technicians, the Pirate Van 3.5T and our very own Crew Manager for H&S induction briefing. Then the load in commenced with positivity.

Over the course of a week we helped fit up in 15 different rooms across 3 floors, being very careful at all times to protect the amazing space we were working in.

Working alongside the designers to help their vision come to fruition, our team made sure every task was performed with meticulous care and pre-planning.

Over this period we deployed a range of skilled personnel including Carpenters, Set Dressers, Set Fixers and Painters as well as having the technicians on hand with the essential PASMA, IPAF and Forklift licences.

Being apart of such illustrious shows is what we hoped for when we started Pirate Crew and we are very proud to see our crew take on all the different projects with a feeling of ownership.

Caring about the work is what Pirate Crew does best. The results are obvious in the finish and resulted in one of our pieces ‘Guatemala’ being voted Best-In-Show!

Along with the the exhibits we working on with Litestructures, we had Fixers working under the instruction of Somerset House helping to get the building ready for a seamless transition into a perfect space for each exhibit. This required building false walls, fabricating various items such as hanging brackets and lots (and lots!) of painting, all done with a smile of course!

A month later and after a fantastic season we we were back to take it all down again.

We would love to thank all the lovely people from Litestructures, Somerset House, Rigging Team and our own Pirate Team, who all worked so hard to achieve such a well received cultural event.

Special thanks to Martin Radmall and Litestructures for entrusting us with their installation, we hope this just the beginning of this great relationship.

If you missed the show look at for its return in 2020! We might see you there……..

“Pirate Crew were contracted by LS to provide skilled labour and plant operators on site.I was impressed with their professionalism and dedication to the works required in a particularly difficult venue.

The scheduling for the get in and get out were extremely challenging- PC were up for the challenge and all tasks were completed on time. I have already contracted their services for our next project and also for the future.”

Martin Radmall Senior Project Manager, Lite Structures