G8 Summit 2013, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

​Production Company: CTN Communications

Technical Manager: Ben Van Grutten

Production Manager: Haydn Taylor

Scenic Construction: Blackfriars Scenery
Lighting Designer: John Pope
Sound Designer: Richard Sinclair

 

Early in 2013 I was approached by Rosie Machado from CTN Communications to design their pitch to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to mount the G8 Summit later that year.

After a lengthy pitch process we won the job in April. Staging a high profile, globally significant event in 12 weeks is a challenge by anyone’s standards, but staging it in a very remote location with limited mobile and internet infrastructure when expecting 600 press and media is an extraordinary one.

 

As 3D designer on the job my brief, working alongside the FOC Appointed Creative Director and representatives from 10 Downing Street, was to design an intimate summit room, leaders lounge and dining room within the existing golf course club house. I also had responsibilities for designing, updating and distributing the masters plans for the site including 30 bilateral meetings, 10 press conferences, 60 media stand-ups, leaders arrivals and group shots as well as a re-styling of all the leaders accommodation. 

The Summit, hosted by the Prime Minister, was delivered successfully by over 250 crew.  The venue was transformed after 12 days set up of 42 rooms.  300 G8 country delegates and 600 press and media were welcomed for the 2 day Summit.  50 events were captured by the host broadcast team and 108 TV stations used the host broadcast material, ensuring worldwide coverage.  

“The team that CTN put together really delivered on every level. Your team should feel incredibly proud. They showed immense personal dedication to making the Summit a success.” 

 

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister

G8 Summit room ceiling construction

G8 Summit room ceiling construction

G8 Summit room ceiling under construction

G8 Summit room ceiling under construction

G8 Starting to build the summit room walls

G8 Starting to build the summit room walls

G8 Summit room

G8 Summit room

G8 Leaders around the summit table

G8 Leaders around the summit table

G8 Summit Room

G8 Summit Room

G8 Summit room

G8 Summit room

G8 Summit Table

G8 Summit Table

G8 Summit desk

G8 Summit desk

G8 Technical Director has delusions of grandeur

G8 Technical Director has delusions of grandeur

G8 Important discussions under the summit table

G8 Important discussions under the summit table

G8 Leaders Lounge

G8 Leaders Lounge

G8 Andy Warhol Portrait

G8 Andy Warhol Portrait

G8 Leaders Lounge

G8 Leaders Lounge

G8 Leaders Dining Table

G8 Leaders Dining Table

G8 Leaders Dining Room

G8 Leaders Dining Room

G8 Press Conference Set

G8 Press Conference Set

G8 Leaders Group Shot

G8 Leaders Group Shot

G8 Press stand-up area

G8 Press stand-up area

G8 Capturing the Leaders Arrivals

G8 Capturing the Leaders Arrivals

G8 UK Leaders lodge entrance

G8 UK Leaders lodge entrance