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The 240 seat Samuel Pepys Theatre at St Paul's School in London is a key part of the school’s drama centre. Designed to teach technical as well as performing elements of theatre, the addition of a Cablenet Tension Wire Grid opens up new possibilities for learning while at the same time ensures complete safety for students and staff alike.

Arranged in a ‘U’ shape, 10 metres above the stage, the grid allows worry-free, walk-on access to the overstage. With handrails fitted to the three open sides and a load allowance of 450kg, it enables in situ teaching of lighting and rigging without major health and safety concerns.

Virtually invisible from ground level, the Cablenet ‘virtual floor’ casts no shadow from stage lighting above it and is acoustically transparent.

Students’ well-being is of paramount importance...the Cablenet delivers complete safety alongside unique teaching possibilities.

Key features

  • 450kg maximum distributed load means up to four people can stand on the grid at any time in complete safety
  • The installation comprises three grids - two measuring 3 x 10.9m and one 4.3 x 5m, along with safety handrails to all open sides.

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Tension Wire Grid Installation: Samuel Pepys Theatre

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