Maestra Scenic launched in London
Monday, 29 July 2019
maestra-scenic-london-launch-justin-hammond-l-and-mark-davies-rMaestra Group director Justin Hammond (left) with Maestra Scenic head of production Mark Davies
UK - Technical production company Maestra Group has launched a scenic division. Based at Maestra’s London HQ, Maestra Scenic will offer services including CNC, carpentry and joinery, fabrication and engineering, painting and finishing as well as integration of other technical detailing - such as lighting, video or audio - into scenic fabrication projects.
The new division will employ a team of 20 full-time staff, who will be led by director of production Mark Davies, former director of technical operations at the National Theatre and sales director at Stage One Creative Services.
Davies comments: “The goals for good scenic companies are about meeting and then exceeding client expectations in all aspects - quality and build, finishing, being on-budget and ease of installation. It is essential to have the right people and processes all working harmoniously and with a full understanding of each project’s individual requirements. At Maestra, we strive to achieve this every time.”
Joining Maestra Scenic as head of its construction department is Paul Evans, former NT head of construction. Another key appointment is Jon Chute as head of production. Chute was previously an account director for Stage One Creative Services and a senior production manager for Imagination.
Meanwhile, the Maestra Scenic facility is made up of a 9,000sq.ft fabrication area which will include CNC equipment for carpentry and metalwork, and a mezzanine area that will be utilised for CNC poly carving and other 3D modelling. An external spray booth will deal with all finishing, and another 6,000sq.ft of warehouse is allocated for assembly, quality control, packing and dispatch. In addition to the workshop, there is 32,000sq.ft of external space which will be used for test builds and loading.
Justin Hammond, Maestra Group director, comments: “We are very excited to be working with Mark, Paul, Jon and the rest of the Maestra Scenic team, and we have amassed an amazing array of skills and experts with a huge aggregate knowledge base which is already very busy with interesting and challenging projects. Maestra Scenic brings an additional synergy to our brand and more creative and technical capacity that is good for all our clients.”
(Jim Evans)

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