Pearce Hire provides full technical production services for outdoor events around the UK, regularly supplying over 2,000 events per year on Greenfield sites, at festivals, for tours, exhibitions, architectural installations, sporting and entertainment productions. And so the demand for easy-to-construct, versatile staging structures are something Pearce Hire are frequently asked to specify.
To address this growing demand, Pearce Hire’s latest addition to their extensive hire stock has been a Prolyte Arc Roof staging system, supplied by Stage Electrics.
Stage Electrics are the premier UK stockist of Prolyte products, distributing Prolyte for over 15 years. With an in-depth understanding of the product, Pearce Hire had no hesitation in approaching Stage Electrics to deliver on this investment.
“Our relationship with Pearce Hire goes back at least 10 years and we were delighted to be working with them again to fulfil their requirements, and to provide an after-sales service which included training for the Pearce Hire team. It was a speedy turnaround of ten days from point of order to delivery, including the training day, but we were happy to meet this expectation,” explains James Cookson, Stage Electrics.
“We’ve got a significant amount of Prolyte kit already – trusses, towers, rigging towers and accessories. So we were already familiar with the quality of Prolyte products and ease of handling,” continues Jim Brown, General Manager, Pearce Hire. “We were particularly attracted to the Arc Roof system because of its well-considered assembly process which is critical to the challenging set-up times our client projects often involve,” he explains.
The Prolyte Arc Roof System is a fixed construction, based on three inward-curving trusses which are mounted to side masts. It offers different configurations with optional side sheets and is an effective, small/medium sized roof system, incorporating non-climbing towers, an arched truss roof, ground ring for reduced ballast requirements and PA/branding wings – all of which are appealing features for many users. As Jim continues. “It is perfect for a broad range of installations, and with the diversity of our clients and their production requirements for a stage roof of this nature, an investment in this type of structure makes a lot of sense. In fact, I would go as far as saying it was an easy decision to make. It is ideal for live production, product launches, awards ceremonies and more besides. Prolyte’s innovative design allows a significant loading capacity on the 8m x 6m Arc Roof structure which we have invested in – providing just under 2 tonnes of UDL (Uniform Distributed Load). We were also attracted by the updated system which incorporates box corners to enable PA wings to be added more easily than before.”
Pearce Hire encourages a consultative partnership with their clients, and this is the same with their suppliers. “We chose to work with Stage Electrics on this purchase, and the product training mainly because they took on board our short delivery time and they were prepared to work with us to guarantee delivery and provide training for our team within the timescales we had. The sales process, the delivery and the subsequent training day provided by Stage Electrics, supported by Paul Hadfield from Prolyte was seamless and went without a hitch. We were delighted.”
Paul Hadfield, Distribution Manager for Prolyte Products was pleased to help. “Prolyte take pride in our association with Pearce Hire – who have been a loyal customer over many years with a notable inventory of Prolyte and LiteDeck staging products. We are very happy to now include an Arc Roof System within their range and look forward to a continuing relationship with them. I was impressed with the knowledge demonstrated by all the Pearce Hire team and the facilities at Pearce Hire HQ were perfect for training the whole team on this latest addition to their stock.”
Jim adds, “Following a thorough and informative training day delivered by Paul at Prolyte, our team are fully conversant with the structure. Installing the stage system is very smooth and the training gave hands on experience to all our crew before the structure left the warehouse for the first time. It also generated plenty of ideas from the team on what other events the structure could serve. Our new Arc Roof system promises to be in high-demand!”
Since its delivery, the Arc Roof has already been active for a recent festival, and an urban running event. As the Autumn and Christmas season gets underway, it has also been specified for several Christmas Light ‘switch ons’ and outdoor Winter festivals in the coming weeks.