Cardiff University - Queen's and Main Buildings-
Cardiff University - Phase 6: Queen's and Main Buildings
GV Multimedia’s Exeter team worked alongside Harmonia Consulting to supply and install an AV system based on Harmonia’s system design. The project saw GV continue to work at Cardiff University over the course of summer 2016 as part of Cardiff’s £41m lecture theatre refurbishment programme.
As part of their seven-year programme to update their lecture facilities, GV Multimedia’s work at Queen’s and Main Buildings formed part of Phase 6 of this huge project. Harmonia worked closely with the University to set thorough guidelines for lecture theatre acoustics and technology. Harmonia’s design was based around this document, ensuring that all considerations were in line from the outset.
While the design of the system was provided by Harmonia, Audio Visual system integration for the lecture theatre was shared between GV Multimedia and another AV provider.
Working in some of the University’s oldest buildings presented its share of challenges for the team. Working with main contractors Knox & Wells and Bect, the project required GV to make quick decisions as the aging buildings provided many surprises in terms of their structure. The GV team is immensely proud to have been able to deliver this complex solution despite the many challenges faced.
The highlight of the new system is the acoustic design of the spaces. Providing a further challenge in terms of integrating the AV, it meant that GV’s engineering team had to consider the acoustic qualities throughout the project. Despite the challenges in place, Cardiff University were absolutely committed to providing the ultimate student experience. As such, GV Multimedia knew the importance of delivering when faced with each and every challenge.
The attention to detail in Harmonia’s design was second-to-none. They worked closely with the University, producing 3D computer models of acoustic surfaces and speakers in each space to accurately predict clarity. Auralisation simulations were also carried out to assess the audio system within the spaces. This process took place prior to work being carried out and also saw a microphone shoot-out take place in which academics and technicians assessed the variety of different products available, making their selection of high-end solutions based on the results.
Other AV provided to the theatres was in place to minimise downtime should any technical issue arise. Using remote support solutions, the AV in each room is centrally monitored by Cardiff University’s AV Support team – allowing fast resolution to any technological difficulties. This facility is also used to monitor room usage statistics. As a further contingency in the event of a significant system failure, a portable fully-integrated AV rack was also provided.
The result is a series of suites that are impressive in terms of AV performance as well as being incredibly eye-catching. Taking into considerations the limitations of the spaces, Harmonia and GV have developed the spaces to deliver the desired levels of audio, while Harmonia’s considered colour scheme has provided a unique aesthetic – which is all the more impressive considering the contrast of these modern, technologically brilliant lecture theatres being situated in some of the University’s oldest buildings.
GV Multimedia was selected for the project on as they would ensure Harmonia’s maximum quality philosophy was adhered to throughout. The GV team were pleased to be part of such a challenging project for one of their most valued customers. GV has worked with Cardiff University for many, many years and this project marks the latest collaboration to make the University one of the most technologically sound in the country.