The modern facilities include soundproofed studios for audio and film recording
UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) have supplied and installed an audio, lighting and media infrastructure for the new £5m IT & Media Block at the Park Road Campus of Uxbridge College, Middlesex.

The three storey high IT & Media Block (AKA North Block) facilitates a range of courses run by the College, including Film, Audio Recording, Broadcast, Design, Development, CGI and Computer Programming.

Their modern facilities include soundproofed studios for audio and film recording, independent control & media rooms, a green screen area for filming 3D footage, and computer rooms.

ACSP were approached by Robert Drury, the College's project director - who is responsible for all of their building and development programmes - to provide a future-proof technical infrastructure for the main two production and technical areas of the North Block.

The project was co-ordinated for ACSP by Project Manager, Lance Bromhead. The technical brief was based on producing a multi-functional solution that would accommodate the College's teaching requirements both now and in the future. The facilities also needed to be suitable for commercial rentals for film / TV companies and for audio / video recording.

ACSP designed a layout for the under-floor cable containment between the main studio and recording areas, which included providing all the cable and termination boxes / control panel interfaces at each end of the cable runs.

This is completely separate to the College's own technical and IT backbone, which means the North Block can function independently - enabling visiting clients to hook up and run their own sound, lighting and video equipment if required.

ACSP specified and installed 25m of Hall Stage T60 theatre-style curtain tracking all around the main two rooms, allowing the space to be divided into different areas for fully flexible usage. This element was completed with the supply of a full 'blackout' draping system and a set of green screen cloths.

A series of internally wired bars were installed in the ceiling by ACSP, which are routed back to 60 channels of dimming.

Drury comments, "We are very pleased with the results and satisfied with ACSP's work; together with the experience, knowledge and advice that they brought to the project."

(Jim Evans)

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