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Time-Lapse Systems have provided custom ultra-high-definition time-lapse and site monitoring solutions for multiple and varied local authority projects since 2007.


As local authorities are responsible for all the public services and facilities in their area, the breadth of work we have covered for them is vast. Some examples of public works projects we have captured are urban regeneration, highways, parks and recreational facilities, public education facilities (secondary schools, primary schools, universities and further education colleges), health care institutions (hospitals, community health care facilities and tri-service community stations) and transport hubs.

Cornhill, Ipswich


An important part of local authorities’ work is to improve and develop local leisure and sports facilities for residents. We have been privileged to report a wide range of such projects. Our camera systems documented the build of Bonus Arena in Hull – a regenerative development providing space for entertainment, conference, exhibition and banqueting. Whilst for Kirklees Council we provided long-term and short-term rapid interval internal capture of the construction of Huddersfield Leisure Centre by BAM. Using our in-situ video footage, our experienced in-house editing team also created a video providing an immersive walkthrough of the completed attraction. As the Pyramids Centre in Southsea, Portsmouth – a city leisure centre – is being given a £2.5m makeover including a state-of-the-art gym and trampoline and soft play park, our time-lapse systems are recording the full redevelopment work.


Town centre regeneration has been a huge focus for the government and local authorities in recent years, especially with the recent introduction of Town Deals. This process of developing and investing in underused or rundown town centres can be communicated effectively to the public and government through embedded viewers and time-lapse progress videos. Time-Lapse Systems were heavily involved in documenting the regeneration of Hull when it received City of Culture status. Commissioned by Hull City Council and Eurovia, five of our camera systems were installed across the city to capture public realm developments during the city’s title year. We captured whilst the Hull Venue (also named Bonus Arena) emerged, streets and town squares were renovated, infrastructural changes were completed, and sculptures installed. Throughout the numerous transformations, we provided periodic edits to help the local authority to share progress across various platforms. Ipswich Town Council has also employed our services. During the Cornhill regeneration scheme, our camera system had a bird’s eye view of the impressive redevelopment of the large town square.


Outdoor green spaces have taken on a newfound importance. Local authorities are involved in improving local parks and landscaping works to improve the outdoor provision for local communities. Through Milton Keynes Development Partnership, Milton Keynes Council has worked alongside the developer Crest Nicholson at Campbell Wharf, to build a new marina, improve outdoor space and pathways. Time-Lapse Systems has been documenting this development, helping to publicise the transformation of the area. As Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool City Council are working together to fully reinstate Springfield Park, our camera system is installed to capture as the land is redeveloped into an attractive and functional outdoor space for hospital patients and local residents. Whilst on a smaller scale, for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, we are documenting the work on a new play area and a multi-use games area at Brough Park, Leek.

Thurrock Council


Elsewhere in the UK’s public realm, we have time-lapsed construction of civic and public buildings for local councils including the following:

  • Dacorum Borough Council – construction of The Forum – a state-of-the-art, purpose-built civic hub housing Hemel Hempstead’s new council, library and voluntary services.
  • Thurrock Council – civic centre development as part of plans to regenerate Grays town centre.  A new modern, energy efficient Civic Centre with facilities for the local community including public café, a register office with ceremonial gardens, meeting rooms for community and council use.
  • Newham Borough Council – new civic centre and library
Thurrock Civic Centre


We are highly experienced in capturing developments in museums and art installations. Our clients have included the Postal Museum and the Mary Rose Museum.
For Hull City Council our time-lapse work has documented artistic additions to the city, such as the installations of the ceramic Weeping Window poppies at Hull Maritime Museum, a 28-tonne wind turbine in Queen Victoria Square, and Solar Gate a £310,000 bespoke timepiece sculpture, in Queen’s Gardens.

The construction of Hull Venue coming along nicely in the sunny weather.
Our Town Hall Manchester


Local councils are responsible for preserving historical buildings that remain in the public domain. Our camera systems have been installed across the country to capture such renovation work.  Manchester City Council has installed external and internal camera systems to document developments at the “Our Town Hall” project. The council is restoring and renovating the Grade I-listed Town Hall and Albert Square, to preserve them for future generations. The council is capturing these developments not only to document the work undertaken but to translate to the local community the restoration at this significant architectural landmark.
Time-Lapse Systems were also involved in capture for Stoke-on-Trent City Council to record the demolition of the former Enson works in Normacot, Stoke-on-Trent. The former works had four Grade II listed bottle ovens, which were to be retained and preserved during the demolition.

Our Town Hall, Manchester

Energy for Waste.

Time-Lapse Systems can provide services in the most challenging of settings. We were tasked with recording the development of Lincolnshire’s Energy from Waste Facility, on behalf of FCC Environment and Lincolnshire County Council for 21 months. Our camera system captured progress providing a HD ‘live’ record of the project. Once work was complete our in-house editors produced a finished fully post-produced edit of the entire build so the project could be showcased further. Our relationship with Lincolnshire County Council continued as we also provided time-lapse services for the construction of the Lincoln Recycling Centre.

Highways and Roads.

Government bodies such as Highways England and local authorities regularly use time-lapse to capture their work improving roads and motorways. This allows the public to be engaged by tracking and publicising projects. Our camera systems have captured for Portsmouth City Council civil engineering works. At the Northern Road Bridge replacement, we provided round-the-clock, remotely managed capture of the installation of new road bridge in Cosham. Whilst we also documented the construction of a new park and ride facility in Tipner. In the North East, two camera systems were installed to time-lapse the complex transformation of the A19/A1058 Coast Road into a triple-decker junction. We’ve also covered the redevelopment of the M3 Black Dam roundabout in Basingstoke, A2500 Lower Road changes and the challenging M56 Thorley Lane Bridge Replacement project. Such projects tend to culminate with our in-house editors creating time-lapse videos to showcase such transformations.

Transport Hubs.

As councils improve their public transport links and facilities, our capture has been used to promote developments. As Hanley City Centre Bus Station construction took place, one of our dual-site monitoring and time-lapse cameras captured the new bus station being built by Vinci Construction for Stoke-on-Trent City Council. We have also captured on behalf of Kier and Gloucester City Council, the construction of Gloucester’s £7.5m state-of-the-art transport hub, with the final video edit used across the media for publicity. As Hull Paragon Interchange – a transport interchange providing rail, bus, and coach services was constructed, our camera system reported on the work. We have also captured the construction of city-centre multi-storey car parks such as the Crown in Ipswich and the Broadmarsh in Nottingham. As our industry-leading control capabilities allow us to closely monitor progress on site – including rapidly capturing during key construction milestones, we are widely used by local authorities to document transport hub and infrastructure projects.

Joy Gardner House

Housing time-lapse.

We are busy documenting as local councils are building a new generation of council homes and new communities.
In South Tottenham, London our time-lapse system is documenting as Joy Gardner House is developed to create council homes at council rents for Haringey Council.
Our camera systems have been capturing as Swindon Borough Council has joined forces with Barratt Homes to create Wichelstowe, an ambitious flagship development with over 3000 new homes, schools, open spaces, shops and pubs.

Joy Gardner house
Hythe Hospital

reporting on hospital builds.

Time-Lapse Systems have worked right across the country, reporting extensively on hospital and healthcare projects. Our NHS and healthcare construction work has involved us in a broad range of diverse hospital-related projects. We have extensive experience covering everything from large-scale new build projects, through to builds and demolition work on ‘live’ hospital sites.

Hythe Hospital
University of Winchester

capturing education construction.

We have provided education construction time-lapse and site monitoring services for a wide array of education settings for numerous local authorities. Our camera systems have captured for universities, further education facilities, higher education, primary schools and nursery settings. Working for local authorities including Kent, Cambridgeshire, and Hampshire County Councils we have captured a range of builds from traditional new builds, modular blocks, extensions and refurbishments. High profile construction companies use our expertise and services to ensure high-quality reporting of their varied education build projects.

University of Winchester

WHY USE TIME-LAPSE SYSTEMS for your local authority project?

From urban regeneration to education setting builds to highway construction, Time-Lapse Systems is trusted to capture the diverse breadth of work undertaken by local authorities across the UK.

We are privileged to build and install bespoke camera systems for varied local authorities projects. Our equipment and software are developed in-house so all our government and local authority clients are assured we have full control over our systems. To ensure we remain one of the world’s leading time-lapse specialists, we also continue to customise and develop our systems to provide the best possible services. Unlike many providers, we do not use inferior ‘off the shelf’ or third-party software or hardware.

Our team offers the highest quality work in drone footage, media production, software development, engineering, and post-production.

We are trusted by the government and local authorities to operate to the highest standards of health, safety and security. We have membership of four SIPPS accreditation bodies and all engineers have IPAF, PASMA, and CSCS training and qualifications. As a standard, we use the highest security protocols on all our projects.

Our large portfolio of local authorities clients is a testament to our dedication and reputation for the highest quality work, so please get in touch to find out more.

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