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Feature lighting for Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace

Feature lighting for Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace
Feature lighting for Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace

Feature lighting for Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, London

Unibox partnered with Onefine_Day, Commission Studios and 93Ft to bring the aesthetic of the iconic 1970s American roller rink, Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, to life at their new 34,000sq ft west London entertainment destination. 

The Grade II-listed former power station is now home to a new roller-skating rink, live music venue, diner and pro skate shop.

“Flipper’s is a hub, a home, for creative expression. Our community is vibrant, dynamic, exciting, warm and free-spirited, and we will be the home to London’s roller skating set!’ I was born into the roller skating culture, so I am honoured to now provide a safe home for an experience with like-minded people I loved, respected, and learned from.” Liberty Ross – Founder

Source: Flipper’s instagram
Source: Flipper’s instagram

Our brief was to engineer and manufacture LED lighting elements of the Flipper’s brand.  This included a huge 6-metre diameter ceiling installation.

Large sign for the dining area

The large, illuminated sign suspended over the dining area is 6 metres in diameter and is the venue’s focal point.  Unibox carried out a survey to assess how the enormous sign could be engineered in separate sections to fit through the standard size doorway, which was the only access point available.  The sign then had to be assembled on-site to ‘plug and play’ around the seating in the dining area that was already in place.  The end result matches the concept render and is a striking lighting installation that celebrates the iconic 1970s American roller rink brand.

Finished result
Feature lighting for Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace
Concept render

Additional signage was created for the Skate Hire, Lizard Lounge, and ProShop areas.

Photography by John Carey

Skate Hire

The floating signs, featuring internally illuminated lettering in bright white LED, had to be specially engineered so that they could be suspended from the ceiling.

Lizard Lounge

Unibox produced a neon LED light for Flipper’s VIP area, Lizard Lounge. This had to be suspended from a truss bracket.

Everything that Unibox produced was configured to be connected to the building’s existing Dali controls.

The Box Office Header Panel Signage

Unibox manufactured a curved internally illuminated lightbox featuring the Flipper’s ‘The State of Being Free – LIBERTY’ slogan.  The brief included the requirement for the lightbox to match the mesh framework and for it all to be suspended, with precise fixing points.  As there was limited access to the Grade II building, we produced the lightbox in modular pieces, so that it could be assembled on-site and lifted into place in one piece.

Feature lighting for Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace

ProShop Ceiling Lighting Grid

The Unibox team engineered and manufactured the ceiling lighting grid for the venue’s skate shop, which is located where there is no natural light on the ground floor of the building.  The team ensured that it met with the client’s specific colour temperature requirements.

Our excellent partnership with Unibox delivered a sensational LED manifestation of Flipper’s iconic 1970s visual language. The Unibox team worked extremely hard behind the scenes, handling the challenging logistics of design engineering and manufacturing the LED lighting features in separate sections as access to the building was restricted, and installed them alongside multiple fit out teams. The end result is second to none.

Kevin Gill, Director