Time-Lapse Systems: our 2017 round-up – part one

That’s (almost) it – this year nears an end and another begins. As we go into 2018, we take a look back at what has once again been an incredibly busy year for us, here at Hideaway Studios Group – Time-Lapse Systems.

To begin, we’ll take a look a developments that we helped to capture for clients, whose ventures are now fully functioning and open for business.

As we documented in last year’s round-up, we were lucky to have our services commissioned by The Postal Museum – a lottery-funded project dedicated to protecting and sharing the rich history of Britain’s first social network. We spent two days capturing in the depths of London’s underground rail networks to record major additions to their ‘Mail Rail’ attraction ahead of the museum’s opening.

Since then, the museum and the Mail Rail have opened their doors to the public and our video sequence has accompanied online efforts to publicise this important time in the history of postal heritage in the UK.

Another project that we began capturing back in 2016 involved an exciting addition to the waterfront destination of MediaCity UK in Greater Manchester.

We time-lapsed the construction of a new branch for popular bar and restaurant chain The Alchemist, whose extraordinary structure now stands in the heart of Salford Quays, along Manchester’s historic ship canal.

Our fully post-produced edit showing the exterior build in its entirety was shared by The Alchemist on their website and various social media platforms on the lead up to their grand opening back in August of this year.

Momentous milestones

As well as seeing through these exciting developments, 2017 has also been a year for other important milestones with two more of our established clients.

We have provided time-lapse for VolkerRail on a number of their key enhancement and renewal projects. Collectively, this work has been a year in the making, part of Network Rail’s ongoing North Panel Framework.

Elsewhere this year, after five incredible years, work came to an end in London on the Riverlight project – part of the iconic Nine Elms regeneration in the heart of the capital.

Early this year marked the end of over half a decade of faultless capture that we provided for St James, resulting in around 100, 000 still images in total.

Time-lapse still from the Riverlight development at Nine Elms
Above: six years of time-lapse capture from Riverlight at Nine Elms.

Our camera system tracked key stages of Riverlight’s progress, including the demolition of warehouses, followed by the construction of five new residential towers.

This involved moving the camera to other side of the River Thames so as to achieve the best possible perspective of the final stages of this construction. It now hosts residential units, a hotel, restaurants and other retail spaces.

A subsidiary of Berkeley Group, this St James project is just one of many we have undertaken for this esteemed residential developer.

Social reach

Screenshot of our Tweet featured in Place North West.
Above: our Tweet featured in Place North West’s ‘Thing of the Week’ feature.

In the last 12 months we have enjoyed seeing our clients share and make use of the images and video edits that we provide for them as part of our professional time-lapse and site monitoring services.

On social media platforms such as Twitter, for example, clients share our work as a means of showcasing their latest developments and any other significant progress that has been made on a particular project.

Equally, part of our own online presence consists of reporting on key developments for projects captured by our camera systems.

As well as by our own clients, our Tweets are also featured by external organisations delivering news about the local area. Place North West, for example, used our ‘before and after’ Tweet of New Bailey as part of their weekly round-up.

These are just two examples of how many of our clients engage with our online content to incorporate with their own promotional and reporting initiatives.

It has also been an important 12 months for Hull City Council – given the the honour of being named ‘City of Culture’ 2017.

We have had seven time-lapse camera systems in situ at one time, capturing major redevelopment work and other bespoke installations as part of the cultural transformation of the city – and our images & edits are often shared on Twitter by the various invested parties.

Throughout the course of these projects, we work closely with contractors BAM, who are responsible for the construction of Hull venue – a unique addition to the city’s landscape.

As one of our ongoing professional measures, we look to further our social reach where possible. Earlier this year we launched our Instagram account, which we populate with images from our varied portfolio.

We also engage with some of our clients using this popular platform – an important visual tool to communicate the quality and accessibility of our professional services.

As we have had so much going on in the past 12 months, we’ve had to split our yearly round-up blog into two parts. Check out the second part here.

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