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LAMDA - the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - is the UK’s oldest drama school, situated in Hammersmith, West London. The redevelopment of their site included a flexible 200-seat theatre, as well as a studio theatre, recording suite, teaching block, library, study and administration areas.

The installation at LAMDA comprised a Cablenet tension wire grid, 11.21m x 5.25m, which was installed over the auditorium in the main theatre to provide safe rigging access for teaching staff and students.

Due to the geometry of the building it was not possible to build the grid at floor level and then directly lift the grid in place. The installation involved simultaneous vertical and horizontal manoeuvring to locate the grid into its final position. Throughout the design and installation process the Slingco team worked closely with theatre consultants Charcoal Blue and the main contractor, Volker Fitzpatrick.

Key features

  • Eight frame, modular installation
  • 3mm diameter cables at 70mm pitch offering 250kg point loading per grid
  • Offers teaching space on the grid for small groups
  • Includes wheelchair access

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Why choose Cablenet for your tension wire grid system?

We can install Cablenet in new buildings or retro-fit to old; we can construct it in virtually any size or shape; and, using the experience we’ve gained since first introducing the system more than 20 years ago, we can design it to provide an economical solution to even the most challenging of building layouts.

  • Custom-design and manufacture for your venue
  • Any shape or size, with movable / removable sections as required
  • Load capacity to suit requirements and designed to support a number of people
  • No side-load on buildings - suspended from  hangers or supported by brackets
  • Design, manufacture, installation, inspection,  certification
  • Unparalleled expertise: four decades’ experience across four continents
  • Liaison with architects and design teams from concept to installation
  • Sympathetic blending into existing architectural features