Glaziers Hall – London Bridge, London
Glaziers Hall is one of the premier corporate and private event venues in London, boasting both the history of this unique Livery Hall as well as its incredible location next to London Bridge. Constructed in 1808, it is a Grade II listed building and the final result of the painstaking renovations is a venue that is a blend of refined tradition and contemporary design.
Technical Arts was fortunate to be included in the huge refurbishment undertaken recently and the end result is quite stunning. Modern and bright, characterful and intimate, the varying spaces provide the perfect venue for all occasions. The lighting systems and designs were carefully implemented to complement these individual styles.
Large crystal chandeliers used in the Banqueting Hall add to its grandeur as well as their ability to change colour by using a hand-held tablet, allowing the room to transform according to the company, brand or theme of the event. The Banqueting Hall also benefits from uplighting the floor to ceiling wall coverings, similarly able to change colour, creating a vast canvas for the venue to play with.
The smaller rooms running alongside the River Thames itself benefit from lighting that makes the rooms feel light, bright and airy.
The Arches required a lighting system and audio system that is sympathetic to the history, design and architecture of the unusual space. Constructed into the wall of London Bridge itself, not much could be changed to make way for a new lighting system. As such, the wooden panel along the ceiling allowed the lights to be installed in this event space unobtrusively.
“Our vision was to convert and use more riverside space and create a unique environment using the walls from 1808. But of course part of the challenge was to achieve the right balance of sound in an entirely brick, underground and very reverberant chamber.” – Samantha Enstone, Glaziers Hall Managing Director.
Technical Arts were charged with finding a suitably versatile but highly discreet audio solution to this challenge, TA chose K-array speakers which fit the brief to a T. Long wooden rafts suspended from the ceiling in each of the arched vaults act as stylish counterpoints to the stone and brick whilst also housing lighting fixtures and additional speakers.
Samantha Enstone later praised the final product, “When we held our launch event in here we hosted a long table of 40 guests, and it was stunning – I could hear the audio perfectly. You can’t see the system and you don’t know where the audio is coming from, but it still sounds great. The result in here is far better than I thought it would be.”