Innovative installation methods help make time-lapse videos possible

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Capturing from an old communication tower at RAF Brampton

WHETHER installing from a cage suspended over London, a 35ft cherry picker or the top a 400-year-old warship, Hideaway Studios Group continues to push the time-lapse and site monitoring boundaries.

Due to the unique nature of every project we capture and the vast sectors that we cover, we sometimes need to think outside the box when it comes to installing our bespoke time-lapse camera systems.

For our clients Mick George Ltd, we are currently capturing demolition work at RAF Brampton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. To document the process we have installed two camera systems at the top of an old communication tower, as seen in the picture to the left.

However, in the absence of any built-in access to the fixing position, we utilised a specialist cherry picker – that could only be operated in safe weather conditions – to reach a height of 35ft, allowing us to achieve the optimum position to capture from.

On other occasions even cherry picker access has not been possible, as was the case at Moorgate Station; the conditions on the Crossrail site made it impossible to access the desired mounting point from any on-ground location.

This meant our team had to complete the install from inside a cage, suspended from a crane over the construction site.

Due to the nature of the sites we work on and the installations we undertake, we always ensure our team have completed the most up-to-date training courses and are fully accredited by many leading, national bodies.

We hold accreditations from CHAS, CSCS and many others, and all our engineers are full harness trained and experienced with working at height.

Not only is the safety of our team paramount on all projects, but also the sensitive nature of the environments we work in, ensuring not to compromise important buildings and monuments.

Again due to the lack of traditional fixing positions, we captured Bayford Group’s Blackburn Wing development at Bowcliffe Hall from a tree.

In the heart of ancient woodland, we used an innovative system of ropes and pulleys to position the camera system and secure it with specialist brackets so as to not harm the host tree in any way.

Installing a camera system over Moorgate Station
Installing a camera system over Moorgate Station

More recently we captured the final preservation work inside the Mary Rose Museum, home to King Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Members of our team were granted privileged access to the prestigious warship, using a specialist rig to carefully mount the camera system securely into place without causing any damage to the vessel.

Other challenging installations we have completed in some unique locations include:
• In the bell tower of St Clement Danes, Strand.
• Capturing the new Scottish Power HQ in Glasgow by fixing to the tower of a crane on-site.
• The main auditorium in the Royal Albert Hall.

All of our work on site – including installations, de-rigs of camera systems and relevant video work – is completed by our highly qualified engineers who combine their years of experience with the relevant skills and specialisms to complete all jobs safely and successfully.

We believe no other time-lapse company can match our expertise, dedication and innovativeness when it comes to challenging installs at sensitive locations and projects.

Creating a time-lapse video from inside the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
Creating a time-lapse video from inside the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
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