Since 2010, we’ve collaborated with a wide range of creatives and makers to turn visions into realities. Establishing ourselves in the creative industry through strong collaboration with production companies and designers to construct sets and structures for stage, screen, and spaces. From major scale sets to miniature stop motion worlds to stylish commercial events and exhibitions, we’ve done it.

Our team of carpenters, scenic painters, welders, prop-makers and production have years of combined experience catering to small and large scale projects all around the UK and internationally. We treat each project as a unique endeavour, forming long lasting relationships through collaboration with some incredible art directors, production designers and companies.

We don’t want to bombard you with information we know all you need to know is what we do, what we’ve done and how we could help you. So have a browse and get in touch if you think we’re right for you.

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We have our in house team and also employ from a pool of loyal freelancers, making Take 1 the big extended family that it is. All sharing a mutual love for the arts and design. We are always looking for new skillsets and talent so get in touch if you are looking for work.

We also offer CNC cutting services and have rentable workshop space available.

We adore what we do and hope you like what we make.

“I’ve known Nic & Take 1 for & for well over twenty years now & when possible he’s become my ‘go-to’ contractor for just about all things scenic.

He & his team have always been a pleasure to work with – even on those high stress projects when time & money are tight.

Always very approachable & sensible, their experience & knowledge base is invaluable – & they’ve delivered high quality construction & finishes for me time after time – no matter how complex the set or how stupid the location.

Also being based outside London means their prices are usually more competitive & Nic’s always been happy to work with me to help to achieve budgets.

Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Chris Stephenson- Art Director
Take 1 were fantastic to work with. It’s clear from what they produce that they really love what they do and they’re really great at it. On top of that the back of the sets look as good as the front!

Maz Staruch- Art Director
I had the pleasure of working with Take1Scenic on my last project with Disney. It was so refreshing to work with a construction company who has an excitement and love for what they do, and in turn they created the most beautiful additions to the sets that we filmed in Manchester.

From prep to construction and installment it really was a joy. Their attention to detail, and the final touches that were brought to the pieces both in carpentry and scenic painting gave a real sense of belonging and realism – something that was very important to me as an Art director.

Take1Scenic offers some of the most skilled makers and creators that Manchester has to offer, and I cant wait to collaborate with them on future projects.

Amie English- Art Director

Thank you for your dedication to executing my design and your openness to trying out new things. I have only the utmost respect for the craftsmanship of makers and builders; you were fantastic.

TK Hay- Production Designer (The Beginning, Royal Exchange, 2023)

Am super impressed with the construction 3D drawings – have never seen this before with other contractors and it’s fantastic!

Joshua Grace- Production Designer (University Challange, 2023)
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