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Architects: Cassion Castle with Fleet Architects
Client: Metal Arts

A stage designed for Village Green festival in Southend-on-Sea. The structure will serve as the main stage for the festival for the next 4 years and is designed to be erected and dismantled quickly without specialist tools or rigging.

The stage uses polycarbonate as a fundamental structural component; serving as the web of the long span beams and as roof and side diaphragms providing lateral stability. This approach enables the absence of any diagonal bracing and is key to achieving the strong orthogonal aesthetic.

No design guidance or British Standard is available for structural polycarbonate. In order to ratify material assumptions a full scale load test was carried out on a central beam at our premises in London.


Project engineer Tim Salmon was awarded 'Young Structural Engineer of the Year 2010' for his work on the structural design.