London 2012 Ceremonies and the BBC tasked Chris Livett and company, Livett’s Launches, with helping to plan and execute David Beckham’s River Thames sequence in Danny Boyle’s opening extravaganza.
“Our team worked on everything, from chartering the boat and installing the lighting, through to coordinating the route and overseeing the installation of the temporary pontoon where the flame was handed to Sir Stephen Redgrave,” Livett said.
Butlers Wharf pier, owned by Livett’s Launches, was used in the run up to the Opening Ceremony and on the day itself as a base for the team involved in the sequence. It was also used to moor the speed boat, chartered from Ice Marine, while the special effects team worked around the clock to install the lighting.
“Planning such a high profile event in secret wasn’t easy,” Livett said. “There were details which I couldn’t even reveal to my family. But the meticulous attention to every detail ensured that it ran smoothly and it remained a surprise to everyone who saw it, live and on TV.”