Bournemouth University - Kimmeridge House-
In recent years, The Media School at Bournemouth University has established itself as one of the best in the UK for the courses on offer – particularly for Computer Animation and Media Production. With the school playing host to the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) since 2004, Bournemouth University has received a lot of praise and attention for a department that has been held in very high regard by industry professionals. As a result of The Media School’s impressive reputation, it’s naturally imperative that their facilities continue to reflect this. The lecture theatre therefore had to be designed in order to accommodate the material produced therein.
Through recent innovations and high definition and 3D filmmaking, we’re now living in an age where AV technology has affected cinema in a big way. As such, this has required Bournemouth University to put in a conscious effort to maintain their high standards. With university funding having been recently cut throughout the country, it means that Bournemouth has decided to tackle potential problems head on. Their solution was simple – build on their reputation and attract new students with a showcase lecture theatre that would also provide current students with a cinema-like environment where they can premiere their productions.
With many of the school’s courses having around 300 students in attendance, it was decided that Kimmeridge House would be given an architectural expansion and refit that would not only provide somewhere to house large lectures, but would also become the showcase that they required – being aesthetically appealing in terms of building design and equally impressive in terms of the technology it houses.
The brief required GV to not only integrate a host of products into the 300+ seat showcase lecture theatre, but also to kit out a 100+ seat seminar room, a large flexible teaching space for seminars and workshops, a large screen projection system in the building’s foyer, a Crestron RoomView system and a Crestron lighting system to be used in the two theatres.
The smaller lecture theatre has been fitted with a trove of incredible products. Used for seminars and small lectures, the 70-seat theatre has been integrated with a large screen Panasonic PT-DZ6700 1080p HD projector, a 3m wide 16:10 high-contrast projection screen and a TeamMate Trainer Pro custom width lectern that has been fully integrated with equipment including a 1080p confidence monitor, a SMART ID422W Podium 1080p touch-screen monitor, a Crestron AV2 and TPMC-8L control system and a Sony Blu-ray Disc player. All of which making it the perfect environment for watching HD content - the high contrast screen proving to be particularly good for making the most of students’ films.
The 304-seat theatre has been equipped with an extensive audio system that will effortlessly handle immersive high definition audio tracks through 17 speakers and 2 subs and specialist acoustic absorptive panelling to cancel out ambient sound. The result is a facility that can produce room-enveloping audio that provides a prime example of what can be achieved with HD audio tracks. With the room’s large subwoofers being hidden behind the vast, perforated projection screen, the room’s aesthetics have been considered throughout.
Complimenting the suite’s astounding audio set up, the theatre has also been installed with a Sony Blu-ray Disc player, the aforementioned large projection screen, and a Christie HD10k-M, 10,000ANSI lumen 1080p HD projector which is fully upgradeable to easily offer 3D functionality should this become necessary.
With the TeamMate Tutor lectern integrated with a WolfVision VZ8Plus visualiser, a SMART Podium, a confidence monitor and controlled with a Crestron TPMC-8L 8” touchpanel, It means that the whole set up will be user-friendly and intuitive as all departments will have access to the room.
As Bournemouth University needed a showcase that would draw in potential students as well as anybody looking to hire the theatre’s facilities, it was also decided that the foyer would be used to project video content onto a large white wall – thus providing a suitably impressive introduction to the building as soon as anybody enters. To achieve this, GV Multi-media installed another Panasonic HD projector and will use the facility to display student films and anything else that staff and student require.
Upstairs in Kimmeridge House is a flexible teaching space for seminars and meetings. Here GV Multi-media has installed trolley-mounted SMARTBoards and CleverLCD Touch screens. Using the equipment with SMART Sync software and a solid wireless network with numerous floor and wall mounted mains outlets, it allows flexible positioning and layouts for individual and group study.
As for working with GV Multi-media, Bournemouth University is very happy with the level of service they have received. Working closely with Technical Projects Manager Dan Victory, AV Technician Adam Downs noted, “We get on very well with Dan. He always includes us in decisions and has led the way since the tender stage. He’s also not afraid to stay on site in order to ensure that deadlines were met.” He continued to note how GV Multi-media has worked well with third party contractors and that the company placed on-site communication of paramount importance, being able to deal with any issues without any trouble or fuss. All of which has gone into the creation of one of the finest lecture theatres in Britain.