Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Waagner-Biro changed more than 100 hoists within 5 months, installed a new CAT 4V control system inclusive integration of the existing equipment into the new control system.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay opened in 2002 and is one of the busiest performance centers in Asia. It’s a building located on six hectares of waterfront land, purpose-built to be the center for performing arts for Singapore including a theatre with a capacity of 2,000 and concert hall which seats about 1,600. Apart from performance space the center includes a shopping mall and apartments.
After a planning period the client decided 2013 to replace the automated fly system of the theatre with the purpose to meet the always higher requirements of modern stage design. Further exigencies were user friendliness, reliability and easy maintenance. After a longer evaluation process with four prequalified companies Waagner-Biro was awarded with the contract on May 14th, 2013 to carry out the replacement in 2014.
This was Waagner-Biro’s first contract in Singapore after the supply and installation of an automatic seating system in the Suntec City International Conference and Exhibition Center in 1997. The big challenge was to replace the upper machinery within only five months starting with the dismantling of bulky heavy weight hoists.
Waagner-Biro installed an experienced employee on site to guarantee a smooth project flow coordinating the dismantling and installation works together with own people and a local stage company. All works were done according to Singapore Standards and local regulations.
The new system has a number of distinct advantages. It is more user-friendly with sophisticated software that makes it easier to program even the most complicated performances. It is more efficient and is able to carry heavier loads. The new system is also more flexible and costs less to service and maintain. It also has a strong back-up system which tracks and analyses faults in real time so that in the event of any glitches, this can be addressed in the shortest possible time.
The work started on May 2nd, 2014 and has been realized in a record time of only 5 months. The theatre was handed over in time on the 3rd of October 2014, the official opening followed on Oct 9th, 2014.
Facts & Figures
- Business area
- Stage Systems
- Project Type
- The Esplanade