Sensory Audio Visual worked with main building contractor to deliver the audio visual and interactive systems to this new build school.

Designed for maximum ease of use, each of the school’s eleven classrooms is equipped with a massive 65” interactive display. The displays are mounted on an electric riser so that the screen can be lowered to just a few inches from the floor for the children’s ease of use and at the mere touch of a button can be raised up to a comfortable height for the teacher to use.

Two classrooms have their screens mounted on mobile trolleys, the screen can still be lowered and raised and, in fact, can even be tilted from vertical to horizontal so it becomes a very powerful interactive video table that several pupils can work on together to support active learning. The school’s Food/DT classroom also benefits from a camera that zooms in on the preparation table to cast the image on to the interactive display improving the learning experience for the whole class.

The school’s main hall employs a high brightness projector, large 3 metre electric projection screen and powerful audio system. The system sources include a blu-ray player and convenient laptop inputs. The main control and amplification equipment is housed in a mobile trolley, which is kept out of harm’s way in a cupboard until it is required for a Production or Show. Connected on an extending umbilical cable the trolley can be wheeled out to the desired location providing easy access to the multiple microphone inputs, audio mixing desk and lighting control console which operates six fully controllable (red/green/blue) colour mixing LED stage lights, the console offers individual control of the lights and can also be programmed to run impressive lighting shows.

The city centre venue is separated into four naturally defined music zones, a ground floor restaurant, a private dining room, first floor bar with facilities for live entertainment and basement hall and toilets. Music in each zone is independently controlled thanks to conveniently positioned wall mounted volume and source controls. On the ground floor eighteen high performance loudspeakers hang from the ceiling to ensure even coverage at low volume but due to the restrictions of the Grade II listed building a custom made rig was installed to suspend the loudspeakers (and light fitting) from the ceiling, all complimented by two 12” subwoofers to add real warmth and depth to the sound.

The first floor boasts a stage for live music performances so a foreground music setup was required to achieve a high quality sound. Two high powered loudspeakers dominate the stage set supported by an 18” bass and four strategically placed loudspeakers to fill the rest of the room and create just the right atmosphere. In all the system delivers approximately 10,000 watts of music power.

The music is sourced from from a media player loaded with tunes from pre-agreed and carefully selected music genres to suit the venue’s theme and each of the music zones within the building. Playback is managed and updated remotely via a Managed Music Library System so there’s no burden on staff and, importantly, the music is appropriate to the desired ambiance.