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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.99

Order in the court!

APi pic1The historic Guildhall in Tavistock, Devon, has undergone a complete refurbishment to allow visitors to have a more interactive and memorable experience when visiting the museum, council chamber and meeting place. As part of the project APi Sound & Visual were appointed to install a new AV system into the Guildhall’s courtroom.

The design of the courtroom was not conducive to easily installing an AV system without it being obtrusive when not in use. A system design that gave flexibility but ease-of-use was paramount to the success of the project. To achieve the client’s vision, APi had to carefully design and install custom brackets that would securely fasten the winch-down projection screen to the historic structure (right). They then built pelmets to hide the winch and safety mechanisms that the screen needed in order to operate.

APi pic2A laser projector was chosen due to its instant ‘on time’ and high brightness output. It was mounted unobtrusively at the back of the room.

To ensure the quality of audio matched that of the visual system, ultra-slim line array speakers were fitted throughout the room to minimise the impact on the space but give even sound coverage during use.

Finally, the entire system can be controlled using the touchscreen-based control system created by APi’s engineers (left). That makes switching between video and audio inputs simple and intuitive, with the layout of the control system customised to the particular client.

The result is a bespoke installation that respects the building and its heritage, letting technology and history come together without the new equipment dominating the impressive space it is housed in.

For further information visit apicommunications.co.uk