Anderson Foundation, Renaissance Hotel, London
DesignScene production designed and managed the first full scale live event staged at the new flagship St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, for the Anderson Foundation's annual charity fundraiser in aid of The National Autistic Society.
It is the second year that DesignScene has produced the high profile event, which was project managed by Ben Turner and designed by DS's creative director, Attila Keskin.
Attended by about 250 people, the action took place in the Hotel's main event space off the reception areas. DS's brief encompassed the specification and supply of lighting, sound and AV equipment plus all other technical infrastructure. Challenges included limited power and no flying facilities, so all technical elements had to be ground supported.
The glass roof added another dimension, effectively making it a daylight venue for early evening, so the design and visual aesthetics had to blend/contrast and seamlessly morph from light to dark.
A stage was installed, finished with a pale grey carpet and mirror edging, with a Perspex lectern provided for speeches. Upstage, three 20 ft high by 10 ft wide graphics panels were positioned to prominently display the event and National Autistic Society logos.
The evening was presented by Sky Sports' Matt Lorenzo. A silent auction ran throughout, together with a traditional live auction adjudicated by Johnny Gould, plus speeches and presentations by the National Autistic Society and others. After dinner, the band - The All Stars - was introduced, and played a set accompanied by legendary soul singer Mica Paris, which went down a storm, The All Stars then played out the remainder of the evening.
Mark Anderson of the Anderson Foundation, “DesignScene has worked on our last two summer events and played a crucial role in their success. Their attention to detail, professionalism and ability to provide a first class production within budget are major assets, and we look forward to working with their team again on our next event.”