Martin Rossmann, Project Manager, Waagner-Biro Stage Systems
We are currently at The Royal Swedish Opera situated in the city center of Stockholm. That was just one of the projects we were working at here in Stockholm. Just a walk away from each other we find the Stadsteatern Kulturhuset as well The Royal Dramatic Theatre.
Jonas Collsiöö, Technical Director, Royal Swedish Opera
The Opera as an institution was established at the end of the 17th century. We are actually celebrating 250 years in 2023. We had a very long procurement process during 2016 and 2017, ended up with a company who we started to work with 2017 and 2018.
Dina Östergren, Technical Director, Stadsteatern Kulturhuset
The stage machinery here at Stadsteatern was installed at the beginning of the 90s. When we stopped before the renovation, we had four different [control] systems, so it was quite apparent that we needed to do a change for this.
Fredrik Österholm, Technical Director, Royal Dramatic Theatre
I think every theatre thinks about renewing all equipment whenever it’s possible at least the technicians think so but the reason for this one was based on safety aspects, mostly. The structure of the building couldn’t really manage the modern machinery we had. The other reason was that the actual machinery needed to be updated in accordance to modern safety regulations.
What happened was that the first contract we had that company did a very fine job with taking out the machinery and the steel construction. Everything was gone.
Anders Brodén, Head of Stage, Stadsteatern Kulturhuset
This was more or less just a hole because they took out 220 tons of steel and then left it.
The company we worked with went into a bankruptcy. Saying it now it was both a disaster but also of course an opportunity for us.
We started a procurement process and luckily, we ended up with Waagner-Biro Stage Systems as the main supplier for the rest of the project.