ACSP supplies Leeds Academy venue

Monday, 14 May 2012
ACSP supplies Leeds Academy venueThe Moyes Centre is a £3.35m new build
UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) have recently completed the design, supply and installation of a sound, AV and lighting system at the new Moyes Centre @ DYCA (the David Young Community Academy) in Leeds.

The first Academy of its kind to open in Leeds, DYCA has pioneered the development of new, innovative and engaging methods of teaching and learning. The Moyes Centre is a £3.35m new build created as part of the Government's (DCSF) £200m investment in creative co-location projects.

The programme is an initiative that has re-located various key community services to work as a cohesive team in one central location, addressing and improving local circumstances from within the heart of the community.

The project was managed for ACSP by Lance Bromhead, who co-ordinated closely with DYCA's operations manager, Graham Thornton.

ACSP's brief was to provide technology that would help the centre operate as a multi-functional venue for anything from talks, meetings and presentations to specialist events. The auditorium has a flexible seating arrangement, meaning that the venue can be configured in several ways according to the needs of the event.

ACSP were required to work to an expedient budget and provide the very best and most reliable technology within that parameter. Another stipulation was that the systems had to be straightforward enough to be set up and operated by the centre's staff.

The sound system comprises four Wharfedale speakers and an Allen & Heath ZED24 mixer, QSC amplification, a dbx Drive Rack for system processing, and Trantec mics, including a selection of hand-helds and lapels.

For the AV element of the project, ACSP provided a 6m wide, white electric roll-down screen, which is fed by a Sanyo XM100 projector. A rack-mounted Denon DVD player was also supplied.

For lighting, a 10m long internally wired bar was fitted into the ceiling; rigged onto this were four ETC Source Four fixtures, and ten Studio Beam Tour LED wash lights. This was a cost-effective, power-saving solution, which lights the whole floor area.

For control of the lighting, ACSP specified a Jands Vista M1 with 128-channel dongle and Dell laptop running the next generation Vista v2 software, plus Zero 88 Chilli dimmers.

Bromhead comments on the success of the project, "This was a very rewarding project to be part of. ACSP take pride in their involvement with community initiatives such as DYCA. We continue to work with various industry sectors, helping to bring bespoke concepts from design to life."

(Jim Evans)


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