Production Park is a unique support environment for the live events industry, one that unites technology, creative spaces and education.

Founded in 2015 with the express intent of being ‘Where Live Industry Lives’, Production Park is now home to more than 20 live events businesses, 7 studios and a dynamic and creative cohort of over 200 students. It is an international destination of choice for technically challenging live productions and the only place on earth where that pioneering work is continually fed back into the educational ecosystem that will sustain our unique industry into the future.

 

 

Our Story

A family run concern, Production Park's roots start in 1979 with founder Adrian Brooks, who began manufacturing aluminium scaffold towers. He soon recognised a market for a high performance modular trussing system and in 1981 launched Litestructures Astralite, the world’s first lightweight aluminium trussing system. Astralite soon became the industry standard and is still in use all around the world.

Today Litestructures lives at Production Park, the number one live events production destination in Europe and home to the UK’s only Live Events Production University Centre, Backstage Academy. Together they share their location with other long-established engineering, technology and creative specialist businesses, including LS-Live, Perry Scenic Creative, Cato Music and Brilliant Stages.

 

In recent months LS-Live has welcomed the likes of Depeche Mode, The XX, Coldplay, System of a Down and Little Mix who made use of the arena-sized on-site rehearsal facilities, while Cato Music supplied band rehearsal facilities and backline to musical giants such as Metallica and Ed Sheeran. Brilliant Stages and Perry Scenic Creative have provided high-end creative stage and set solutions for concert touring artists such as Muse, Coldplay, Take That and Robbie Williams as well as international artists such as German superstar, Helene Fischer. Litestructures’ client list includes Renault Formula 1, Virgin Racing, Red Bull/Toro Rosso, Itsu, Sony and Fiat Chrysler.

Keen to support the growing Live Events industry, Backstage Academy was founded in 2009. Created to provide the next generation of live industry professionals, Backstage Academy delivers degree level education to over 200 students in Live Events Production, Visual Design & Production and Stage Management. Their studies take place within Production Park itself, right in the heart of the action.  Backstage Academy’s connection to the wider industry ensures students learn relevant skills on the latest equipment and are taught by leading industry professionals. Work experience is also unparalleled with students getting to work at major festivals such as Glastonbury as well as international opportunities with Ibiza Rocks and Grøn Koncert, a touring series of one-day festivals in Denmark.  The industry focus of Backstage Academy means that over 90% of students have secured employment before they complete the course.

From the pre-visualisation of set designs and theatrical prop making through to sports structures, large-scale sculptures and the construction of multi-million pound concert touring stage sets, Production Park’s mission is to preserve the unique culture and approach of the live events industry by creating a community where the industry’s honest, trust-driven and relationship-led culture can thrive. The location is continuing investment for the next phase of its development which will include an Innovations Centre focused on developing technologies for this fast-evolving industry, a new University building and further units for more live events businesses to join the community.