On Wednesday 15th July 2015, event agency Mango Pie transformed the main hall at London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to accommodate a corporate event hosted by one of London’s top-ranking firms supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals in the corporate workplace. The drinks reception for both staff and clients included a private view of the current Audrey Hepburn exhibition, a speech from the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group and live music by the Spiffing Swingers. With a growing reputation for swift and careful temporary installations in some of London’s finest venues, Metro Broadcast was chosen by Mango Pie to complete the furniture, lighting and sound installations in record time
Open to the public during the day and with guests arriving in the early evening, an event installation at the NPG must be completed in less than 45 minutes. Metro Broadcast designed and built a bespoke bar to cover the existing reception desk. The bar needed to be in position before anything else could be installed including sound, lighting, flowers and catering. The bar is precisely sized and the neat design means the team can install the central feature in just under eight minutes allowing plenty of time for setting up lighting and installing sound and AV. It also allows caterers and florists optimum time to dress the entire area before guests arrive.
Mandy Mahil, Director at Mango Pie said, “We manage lots of events at the NPG and we know the devil is in the detail when it comes to the technical design. Every second of time your supplier saves with the installation allows you to do something more creative with the space. Metro seems to have got this down to a fine art.”
Metro also temporarily installed a full PA system as well as LED up-lighting to the walls creating an elegant and ambient mood for the evening event.