Set Design and Build : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

By: Showquip  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Lighting, Truss, Lighting Grids

Whitebait Studio

Whitebait-TV is a modern, purpose-built 2036m/sq world class television production and post production facility – a one-stop shop from script to screen.

The spacious and client-focused Whitebait-TV facility opened in early 2009 and is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It features two television studios, including one of the largest in the country at 594m/sq.

ShowQuip engineers were faced with a very large empty building which required state-of-the-art set and lighting rigging requirements. The first phase of the project was to fabricate and install purpose steel beams to carry four large motorised truss lighting grids on special movable trolleys allowing the space to be configured quickly.

Sixteen specially imported Stagemaker motorised hoists on a 400 box truss take care of all the cameras, lights and set. The grid positioning is made easier via a motor controller housed in the control room.

The Trusts Arena, Waitakere

The Trusts Arena, part of the Waitakere Trusts Stadium Complex, is a multi-purpose event and entertainment facility which hosts a broad range of events including conventions, trade shows, music concerts and local, national and international sporting events.

In conjunction with The Arena Management and other interested parties ShowQuip researched and designed a Mother Grid system of trusses to allow riggers to work safely to install production rigging typically required for the various staged productions that this venue wishes to attract.

The Mother Grid comprises 3 parallel runs of structural aluminium alloy box truss supported from 3 of the main roof trusses and aligned to allow Line Array PA systems to be rigged and a range of lighting and scenic truss combinations above the stage.

The truss for the Mother Grid was fabricated by ShowQuip in Christchurch to exacting international standards under license to Total Fabrications [UK based manufacturer] based on the loading specification for their Extra Heavy Duty truss design.

The project also involved liaison with the building structural engineers throughout the project, load testing of the roof trusses to verify the increased load carrying capacity required for production rigging, design of connections to the roof trusses and installation and commissioning of the completed project. This was finalised in September 2009.

Les Mills Fitness Centre, Christchurch

ShowQuip were commissioned to supply and install custom lighting truss modules in what is one of New Zealand’s best fitness centres.

Lifeguard Observation Tower

From time to time we get requests that allow us to help local bodies and clubs and an application which can save lives was a no-brainer.

The Christchurch North Beach Surf Club lifesavers now have a purpose-built portable observation tower that gives the lifeguards a higher advantage point to keep an eye on swimmers. Local club members came up with a basic draft and the ShowQuip engineers took the plan and made it happen.

The lightweight alloy tower is portable, easy to pack away and store to thwart vandalism.

Keywords: Lighting, Lighting Grids, Lighting Truss, Truss

Other products and services from Showquip


Rigging : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

Truss, motors and rigging go hand in hand and, over the years, ShowQuip has built up a variety of products fabricated in-house to service this need. The traditional round style with single clip has been superseded with a small long deep style with two stainless steel dog-clip attachments. It dispenses with the traditional span set and makes for a cleaner more secure interface.


Staging : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

The ShowQuip deck is manufactured from a custom alloy extrusion that is lightweight for handling, and of high strength alloy specification welded together to form a light but very strong structural solution. Trans-Tex is a wood-based laminated panel made from strong, dense, premium quality Birch veneers overlaid with a hard-wearing phenol film overlay on both sides.


Trussing : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

ShowQuip produces an extensive range of custom and off-the-shelf modular trusses locally, the only active truss manufacturer in New Zealand. The scope of this equipment is typically underestimated as a basis to create large and impressive temporary structures quickly and safely. A truss as used in the entertainment sector is a modular, spatial lattice structure, predominantly made of welded aluminium tubes. Range of section sizes and profiles.


Services : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

The services offered by ShowQuip continue to extend to meet the needs of our growing client base – essentially from initial concepts and design through to fabrication, installation and commissioning; backed up with maintenance options. We have commissioned and are about to launch a new service within ShowQuip for the management of your ShowQuip assets.


Products : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

Under the Health and Safety Standards Act of 1990, the responsibilities and risks associated with staging and rigging in New Zealand are best managed by specialists in the entertainment field. Our company designs and builds to specification and offers fast quotations, drawings and quick turnaround build times. Custom lengths, boxed corners and curved sections can easily be produced to suit specific requirements.


Hoists : ShowQuip, Christchurch, New Zealand

Traditional entertainment hoists available have been governed by a 5:1 safety specification but with more and more dynamic loading required in the air, the European rigging industry looked at increasing the safety factor to 10:1. ShowQuip is very active in large installation projects of trussing and rigging and have been ready to meet the fast–changing demands on hosting equipment and the guidelines required for safety.