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Stage Electrics Appointed in the Development of Leeds Beckett’s Creative Arts Building

Stage Electrics have been appointed to supply Film & TV Studio lighting hoists, production lighting, sound, video and comms infrastructure and motorised grid systems at Leeds Beckett’s new state of the art building that will become home to their School of Film and Music & Performing Arts department.

The scope of the contract covers five Film & TV Studios, three Performing Arts Studios, Music Studios, and Mixing & Screening rooms, a 180-seat theatre, an 80-seat studio theatre and a 230-seat cinema for film screenings.

Engaged by SES Engineering Services, on behalf of the Main Contractor, George Downing Construction Ltd, Stage Electrics are set to begin on site in June 2019.

“The term ‘state of the art’ gets thrown around a lot, but this project is a true reflection of a state-of-the-art development, commented Matthew Addison, Senior Technical Project Manager at Stage Electrics. 

“The Leeds Beckett Creative Arts Building is a professional standard of specification that students will benefit from for years to come.

“We are excited to begin this project knowing that, along with drawing on Leeds Beckett’s strong heritage for diverse learning skills and opportunities, we’re playing our part in providing a new city landmark.”

Scheduled to open in 2020, this outstanding new facility will provide a creative focus for the school’s undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and research programmes whilst acting as a hub for the cultural partnerships across the city.

Matthew Addison, who joined the Stage Electrics team two years ago, has been assigned as project manager for this development. Ian Dunne, Stage Electrics’ Regional Commercial Manager commented:  “Matthew’s extensive experience of managing the technical fit-out of both Television Studios and large-scale theatrical venues makes him the perfect member of our team to manage this complex project.” 

Previously having worked as a Broadcast Project Manager at Siemens IT Solutions & Services and having undertaken formal broadcast engineering training at BBC Wood Norton, Matthew now holds the position of Senior Technical Project Manager within Stage Electrics’ projects department managing a range of projects both nationally and internationally.


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