Hewden walks the dinosaurs

By Richard High15 September 2009

UK rental company Hewden is taking “a walk on the wild side” by providing access equipment to suppor

UK rental company Hewden is taking “a walk on the wild side” by providing access equipment to support the UK leg of the Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular world tour.

UK rental company Hewden is taking "a walk on the wild side" by providing access equipment to support the UK leg of the Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular world tour.

Touring the UK for nine weeks and stopping at 10 locations across the country it was important to find an access equipment supplier that could support the two day breakdown and set up for each show, according to Mikey Hamilton, head of creatures.

"Creating a show like Walking With Dinosaurs requires careful planning and preparation. Not only do we have to set up the 15 life-sized dinosaurs, some of which can weigh up to 2.2 tonnes, but we also have to make sure that the sound and lighting are operating correctly at each venue.

"We only have a limited amount of time to prepare for each event, so we have to be confident that our suppliers deliver the right equipment, in perfect working order, every time. Quite simply, without Hewden on hand to take care of our access requirements, we wouldn't be able to set up the show."

Hewden has provided a scissor lift for use by the electricians, lighting, sound and automation engineers, riggers and carpenters during preparation. Fully guarded and with ample floor space, the scissor lift enables the crew to transport tools and equipment and work at height safely.

The machine also allows the technicians to access the 24-ft (7.32 m) tall stegosaurus to replace the double row of plates that rise from the dinosaur's back, which are removed during transportation for safety.

In addition, Hewden has supplied a mobile access platform to assist the technicians as they carry out any vital repair work. For example, when fully extended, this machine can reach the neck of the brachiosaurus, an impressive 35 ft (10.67 m) above the ground.

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