Haymarket Hotel – Stage In A Pool

A day of getting wet building a unique and exciting stage


The Proposal

When our good friends at Coloursound Experiment asked us if we could build a stage in a swimming pool, the first thought was “Why not – everything is possible!?”

Less than a week later we were donning wetsuits, snorkels, and trying to fathom out how not to keep the stage dry so the carpet would stick to it!

The Outcome

We opted to use SC90 staging decks and S9600 Leg Frames to build the structure, mainly because the leg frames could be assembled “on dry land”, and featured adjustable feet to cater for the slight (18mm) variations on the floor of the pool. The S9600 Leg Frame also allowed a “floating” decks.

The visible underwater bracing and leg frames proved popular with the client, who suggested that despite our initial plans to wrap the sides of the stage in a reflective wrap the underwater architecture really gave the impression of “hardcore scaffolding action”.

Building a stage in a pool full of water adds a new exciting dimension to “work”. In the run up to the installation we performed a number of water sample tests and theoretical calculations to determine the likelihood of any corrosion of the aluminium or galvanised steel on the leg frames.

The Outcome

Risk Assessing was considerably more involved than for a normal stage build. Specialist PPE (wetsuit boots tend not to come with steel toe caps) was acquired.


There are not many stage building jobs where splashing around in a swimming pool classes as a day’s work.



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