The BRDC Ball is a legendary event. Held in a luxury marquee erected adjacent to the Members' Clubhouse on the Saturday evening of the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix weekend, it has always attracted the crÃ¨me of the membership, including leading GP drivers and motorsport stars past and present. This year's event was particularly special, marking the launch of the new Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone and the 60th anniversary of Formula 1 racing.
Personalities from the motor racing fraternity including Nigel Mansell OBE and BRDC President, Damon Hill OBE appeared on stage to talk about their experiences to the BBC's and ex-Radio Caroline's Johnnie Walker MBE.
A.C. Special Projects Ltd were appointed to provide the Clubhouse's temporary architectural lighting installation. With limited site access time before and after the event, ACSP were keen to utilise LED lighting solutions that would minimise the set up time required without compromising the actual lighting scheme.
The mighty 12,000 / 8,000 lumens output of the new Chroma-Q Color Forceâ„¢ LED range provided ample coverage for washing the roof level canopy. In addition to delivering vivid saturates from the RGBA extended color palette, the battens also reduced the number of separate fixtures required.
For the 1st floor level, which was turned into a dynamic Casino environment for the evening, ACSP specified the new Chroma-Q Color Chargeâ„¢ battery powered, wireless DMX LED fixture to provide effects uplighting around the floor perimeter. The fixtures enabled the team to transform the room lighting in a matter of minutes and avoid running cabling across the balcony doorways.
In the garden area, ACSP used Chroma-Q Color Punchâ„¢ high output LED fixtures to uplight a number of trees and White Punchâ„¢ LED fixtures to provide â€˜daylight' illumination of various modern and vintage racing cars on display.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Formula 1 racing, ACSP specified the Chroma-Q Color Webâ„¢ LED display to provide a temporary video effects screen along the Clubhouse garden perimeter. The lightweight, modular panels were pre-assembled into ten 4m x 2m pieces transported in SpectraLiteâ„¢ multi purpose flightcases, providing quick and easy installation on site. Video control was provided by Green Hippo using a Hippotizer media server and featured scrolling congratulatory messages, moving images and abstract patterns complementing the Clubhouse lighting scheme.
In addition to the Chroma-Q LED fixtures, ACSP used Pulsar ChromaSphere LED spheres mounted along the length of a wall in front of the Color Web to provide contrasting lighting to the video content. Also, A&O Falcon Flower xenon multi-beam effect lights were positioned on the Clubhouse roof to provide awards ceremony-style effects lighting as attendees arrived at the British Grand Prix Ball.
Lighting control was provided by a Jands Vista I3 console and featured various color changing fades and chases complementing the moving content on the Color Web video screen.
Stuart Pringle, Secretary of the BRDC commented: “A.C. Special Projects did an incredible job at the BRDC Ball. The Clubhouse was visible to all at Silverstone and our guests were greeted with a celebratory message which scrolled across the circuit fencing in the most incredible colors. It has become an annual traditional that those attending try and guess what the Clubhouse will look like when they come out of the marquee after dark – it's added an exciting element to the evening as well as incredible color to our party.”
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