Projects in
Audio Visual

Collaborative AV design

Cardiff University ENGIN

The School of Engineering is housed inside the Grade II
listed Queen’s Buildings, .. read more

Clinical skills

University of Galway, School or Nursing & Health Sciences

The project involved the refurbishment of a number of
teaching spaces and simula .. read more

Clinical AV consultancy

National University of Ireland Medical School

The School of Medicine is one of three schools within the College of Medicine, Nursi .. read more

AV design for University

Cardiff University Wider Be

The Wider Be (Well Informed Design Education and Research in the Built Environment) .. read more

New digital arts building

Manchester Metropolitan University SODA Building

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a £35m investment into work space, networks, t .. read more

Cardiff AV design and consultancy

Cardiff University Physical Learning Spaces

This project involved the complete refurbishment of the physical learning spaces in .. read more

Clinical Skills Centre

Edge Hill University Medical School

The new Medical School The new Medical School is one of only three new free-stan .. read more

University of Greenwich Dreadnought building

University of Greenwich Dreadnought Building

Dreadnought building at University of Greenwich is a central
hub for students on the .. read more

Edge Hill University Catalyst Building

Edge Hill University Catalyst Building

An innovative £26m building at the heart of Edge Hill
University’s campus, the Ca .. read more

Gojumpin Trampoline Parks

Jump In has been set up by a mumpreneur and two dadpreneurs who themselves are fun lo .. read more

Cardiff University Wider Be

The Wider Be (Well Informed Design Education and Research in the Built Environment) was a phased redevelopment of the School of Architecture in the Bute Building at Cardiff University’s main campus.

Bute is a Grade II listed building designed by the esteemed Welsh architectural practice of Percy Thomas and Ivor Jones and completed in 1916. It is a key building within the Cathays Park Conservation area, designed in the classical style, and in keeping with many of the other Edwardian buildings within Cardiff Civic Centre.

The building includes a dedicated zone for craft and digital fabrication, studios relocated together to improve the studio environment and culture, along with the addition of a Hybrid Studio: a space where academia, communities and industries can work together.

There is a new auditorium for hosting symposia and conferences and a Living Lab which will enhance the impact of interdisciplinary research. It has high-end AV equipment and an observation room, and will be used for studies, presentations and workshops with external collaborators.

Drama by Design were engaged by the University to carry out the detailed design, co-ordination, project management, testing and commissioning of all the AV systems.

The building incorporates a range of spaces including seminar rooms, meeting rooms, group study rooms, Living Lab, Hybrid Studios, Media Lab, smart Lecture Theatre and an auditorium/exhibition space.

All systems were designed with remote learning in mind, so all are equipped with two cameras – one focussed on the lecturer and one on the audience, plus microphones and audio systems for fully unified communication.

The smart Lecture Theatre has a similar camera set-up, but with automatic tracking cameras that focus on the person talking. There are ten tables in the room, each with a large format display and local control/connection and then a main lectern display for presentation. All displays can be connected to wirelessly or via cable and are linked AVoIP using a Mersive Solstice system. This enables the room to be grouped quickly in any configuration using an easy graphic user interface, with common setups accessible from the lectern touch panel.

The auditorium/exhibition space at the heart of the building features pendant speakers to provide audio coverage over the whole space. There is a moveable lectern, a large projection scren and high power laser projector for presentations and lectures with a separate voice reinforcement system. The system can be configured to show films with Dolby 7.1 surround sound using the main speakers for left/right/centre and sub and the pendant speakers for the surround sound.