Harlequin Liberty Switch

Harlequin Liberty Switch is a professional multi-use floor system which transforms between a rigid theatrical floor and a sprung performance floor at the touch of a button.

It is designed for venues who regularly put on both dance and theatrical performances and so require both a sprung and a rigid floor in the same performance or rehearsal space.

Harlequin Liberty Switch enables a Harlequin Liberty sprung floor to be transformed to a rigid (unsprung) floor quickly and easily. This is achieved by using moving carriages which engage with stop blocks on the underside of the Liberty panels to create a rigid floor and disengage to create a sprung floor.

Liberty Switch is a modular multi-use floor system comprised of a base unit with the drive and control mechanism topped with a Harlequin Liberty sprung floor.

The base units house a series of moving carriages connected by rods running on a carrier rail powered by electric actuators located at the ends of each row. Each actuator and associated controller are linked to a master control unit located off-stage.

The upper panels are standard Harlequin Liberty with the addition of UHMWPE (Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) low-friction blocks on the underside.

Operation

The Harlequin Liberty Switch floor system is controlled remotely via a hard-wired master control unit. This can be integrated with most existing stage control or building management systems. A wireless control system with remote monitoring can be specified if required. The transformation between rigid and sprung modes will typically take around 2 minutes depending upon the size of the installation.

It is possible to ‘zone’ the floor, creating sprung or rigid areas within the floor to accommodate features such as retractable seating. Zones can also be made permanently sprung or rigid if required. The Harlequin Liberty Switch base units can be designed to be removal to allow stage lifts and traps to be inserted.

  • Liberty Switch is a modular system that can be modified to meet any structural design requirements. The standard base units are 2m x 1m and are manufactured from 18mm birch plywood.
  • Minimum build height: between 100mm and 124mm depending on site conditions, excluding surface finish.
  • Power requirement: single phase 16 Amp.
  • Stage features: the system can be custom designed to allow for features such as traps, lifts and revolves as required.
  • Fixing: Liberty Switch can accommodate moving props up to maximum allowable load. If required, fixing to the floor is possible using custom designed plungers secured to the base battens.
  • Sub-floor: must be finished to SR1.
  • Floor depth: 100mm to 124mm depending on subfloor not including chosen performance surface.
Specifications
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  • Liberty Switch is a modular system that can be modified to meet any structural design requirements. The standard base units are 2m x 1m and are manufactured from 18mm birch plywood.
  • Minimum build height: between 100mm and 124mm depending on site conditions, excluding surface finish.
  • Power requirement: single phase 16 Amp.
  • Stage features: the system can be custom designed to allow for features such as traps, lifts and revolves as required.
  • Fixing: Liberty Switch can accommodate moving props up to maximum allowable load. If required, fixing to the floor is possible using custom designed plungers secured to the base battens.
  • Sub-floor: must be finished to SR1.
  • Floor depth: 100mm to 124mm depending on subfloor not including chosen performance surface.
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