The purchase is part of the plan for the anticipated mid-2017 opening of their new Plenary Building, a multi-purpose venue built on the site of the original 1987 Convention Centre, with a capacity of up to 3,500 seats. Local production and installation company AJS were selected to fulfil this government tender, and have developed a close working relationship with the ACC.
"This was all part of the Convention Centre's tender process for stock replenishment and the new Plenary Building," relates AJS's Luke Hattam. "We contacted Australian High End Systems distributor Lexair Entertainment for guidance. We were successful in our bid, which included the consoles and flight cases, as well as on-site training by our Head of Lighting, Justin Accatino. While most of the ACC's staff are very familiar with the Hog platform, we offer ongoing support and service for things like firmware updates or any unexpected difficulties."
This is the latest phase of a long relationship the ACC have with the Hog family, whose ease of operation and touring tech friendliness make them a welcome sight in any venue. One of the ACC's new Full Boar 4's and three of the Road Hog 4's will eventually be installed in the new Plenary Building when it opens next year, while the other Full Boar 4 and three Road Hog 4's will be floating to cover operational requirements.
Luke Hattam of AJS comments, "We have a great working relationship with Lexair. Working with Lexair through the tender process was very easy. They always kept us informed on shipping ETAs and key delivery dates. They helped us every step of the way."