The building’s façade was spectacularly lit with lighting and custom projection of the Stars & Stripes theme, whilst the skyline was pierced by two authentic Second World War searchlights. Inside, art deco silk flames in each of the alcoves hid an assortment of lights washing the room in red, white and blue, with an array of ever-changing star spangled banners projected onto the ceiling, setting the theme for the other zones.
Working closely with the venue, which had never hosted such an event, an elaborate system of vertical trusses was installed into the marbled Crush Hall, which formed the main area of the party. This included the manufacture of custom ‘camouflage’ webbing slings to secure the towers to the building’s listed Marble pillars. The grand room was filled with a montage of gobo' with colour and movement. Beveridge Hall was themed on a forties dance hall, where the subtle selection of lighting included the forties ‘must have’ of a giant mirror ball. The Chancellors Hall housed the VIP area. This tremendous room was adorned with authentic art deco bronze and glass wall-mounted gas lights. These had been converted to sodium lighting in the nineties, so Utopium Lighting produced a custom light fitting to sit inside the originals, giving the effect of several small flames flickering within. High End Studio Spots provided the ‘Pearl Harbour’ branding, while immaculate chrome floor cans were deployed on the ornate stone columns as up-lighting.