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34 SOLUTIONS: WINTER GARDENS PAVILION, WESTON-SUPER-MARE

October 2017

UNITED KINGDOM

PROJECT OF THE MONTH

A venue for all seasons When is a Victorian building not a Victorian building? When it’s a neo-Georgian pavilion with a makeover comprising sophisticated AV with a variety of modern-day acoustic treatments. Rob Lane reports

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ocated in Weston-super-Mare, the Winter Gardens Pavilion recently underwent a major refurbishment, including extensive audio and video installations undertaken by specialist integrator Design AV Europe, with assistance from acoustic consultancy AMS Acoustics. Often mistaken for a Victorian building, the neo-Georgian Winter Gardens Pavilion was actually completed in 1927, but the original idea for the building actually dates back to at least 1881 – perhaps explaining the assumed Victorian link. Substantial internal and external alterations were made from the 1950s to the 1970s. In 2015, North Somerset Council agreed to sell the Pavilion to Weston College for the nominal fee of £1, and the building was transferred to the college in May 2016. The redevelopment divides the building into two sections: a Law and Professional Services Academy is accessed from the Italian Gardens, the Winter Gardens Pavilion from the seafront. The Pavilion is actually an independent and commercial venue that will be available for public use. The building’s official reopening is scheduled for January 2018, although a full diary of events has already been booked in from this autumn onwards – immediately following completion.

Variety of challenges With the original 1924 design – a collaboration between landscape architect Thomas Hayton

Mawson and town surveyor Harry Brown – rooted in the social usage of the day, both audio and video presented a variety of challenges to the installation teams. The work contracted to Design AV Europe comprised four physical areas: the Winter Gardens ballroom, bar and restaurant, and reception, and the college reception. Each of these dedicated areas called for different audio and video technology and treatments. The ballroom’s size makes the use of projection technology tricky, and so a 6m x 2.5m, 2.5mm LED display has been installed instead – driven by a tvONE CORIOmaster processor. (There is also a 4mm LED display, 4m x 2.25m in portrait format, used for signage in the college reception area and driven by a BrightSign player.) The somewhat compromised design of the ballroom – sunken, with a small domed roof – proved something of an acoustic challenge, with the ballroom requiring electroacoustic tuning from AMS Acoustics. “We were very keen to assist in setting up the new system because it was clear from just seeing internet photographs that the hall would present challenges and would probably have at least one type of inherent acoustic defect,” explains Helen Goddard, principal at AMS Acoustics. Design AV Europe approached NEXO to supply the ballroom audio system. This was designed to work in any one of five audio scenarios: speech; dinners and table-seated events; live band, concert-type events; ‘DJ ballroom’ (sound only on

Installed Video „ 6m x 2.5m 2.5mm LED screen „ 4m x 2.25m portrait 4mm LED screen „ tvONE CORIOmaster videowall processor „ tvONE Task C2 PiP scaler „ Blackmagic Design multiviewer „ Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub 20 x 20 „ X-Keys XK-80 show controller „ PTZOptics PTZ HD cameras „ BrightSign XT1143 digital signage players

Audio „ NEXO ID.24i loudspeakers „ NEXO GEO M620 line arrays „ NEXO LS-18E 18in subs „ NEXO NXAMP4x1C controller/amplifers „ Audac MTX48 audio matrix „ Audac CAP224 amplifiers „ Audac: ATEO6 wall mount speakers „ Audac CS85 ceiling speakers „ Audac DW5066 wall panels „ BSS Soundweb BLU100 DSP „ BSS Soundweb BLU-BOB 2 „ Soundcraft Si Impact digital desk „ Soundcraft 32R stagebox „ Current Thinking IRMTX750 IR radiators „ Sennheiser G3 microphone systems „ Shure SM58 and MX418S microphones

Control „ Crestron CP3 system processor „ Crestron TSW control panels

Installation October 2017 Digital Edition  

AV integration in a networked world

Installation October 2017 Digital Edition  

AV integration in a networked world