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Woodbridge School is a modular Cablenet tensioned wire grid system installed over the auditorium and stage of the 343 seat, £4.5 million Seckford Theatre at Woodbridge School in Suffolk.

A major reason for specifying the eight frame modular Cablenet is to provide completely safe roof access for students and working personnel - including wheelchair users - up in the grid.

Slingco’s Project Manager commented, “Offering the same training opportunities, working facilities and access to disabled as well as able bodied people is vital today. Cablenet is an absolutely ideal solution...we’re proud to have been involved in this project...”.

The eight Cablenet frames at Woodbridge are in two different sizes – 3.4 metres square and 3.4 by 2.5 metres – four of each. The 3mm diameter cables are woven at a 70mm pitch and offer 250Kgs of point loading per grid.

In terms of teaching, the Cablenet means small groups of pupils can gather around the teacher in the grid and learn which lantern focus and other parameters are needed to achieve the desired effects – rather than previously, when this would have been done by shouting to someone up a tallescope.

Because it’s a flexible theatre space, the Cablenet also enables the widest possible choice of lighting design. Without it, lighting positions would have been severely restricted to two balconies crossing the auditorium.

Slingco’s installation crew of four took two weeks to complete their element of the build.

It’s so easy to rig on it. It makes life easier and quicker and really maximises working time and efficiency.

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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Tension Wire Grid Installation: Woodbridge School

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