Star Events has been an integral part of the live performance process in Hyde Park from as far back as 1999. AEG Live famously rethought the space ahead of the first British Summer Time festival in 2013, approaching Star both for ideas about a new orientation and to work with designer Es Devlin to deliver her considerable ambition, life-size ‘great oaks’ on the principal Great Oak Stage.
Combined with 900sqm of 9mm LED screen, it put 50 tonnes across the front edge of a 25m by 20m VerTech platform, the strongest roof in the business, which accommodates a further 30 tons of British Summer Time production, with scope for even more.
Star’s engineering, technical expertise and ability to embrace ambitious thinking made this creative vision possible.
The weight and wind loads on Devlin’s three trees are dealt with by their trunks, Star proposing a structural core and main branches made of various sizes and grades of truss. The company also had to address the want to wrap the extended, angled stage wings with the floor-to-roof screen, not least to feed the VIP area stage left.
There, Star Events developed its VISTA grandstand system far beyond the typical Hyde Park hospitality finish, providing a quickly acclaimed facility with covered seating for 800, six private suites, modelled on facilities at The O2, and a decked roof terrace.