Pioneer Pro Audio slots into Battersea’s Arcade
Wednesday, 25 October 2023
pioneer-x-arcade-batterseaHD Pro Audio has installed a complete Pioneer Pro Audio system in the Arcade Food Hall at London’s Battersea Power Station (Photo: Benedict Priddy)
UK - Taking its inspiration from street market culture, the recently opened Arcade Food Hall at the restored Battersea Power Station has seating for 500 customers and boasts 13 different cuisines on its menu. As well as the Food Hall, the 24,000sq.ft space also features two bars, three restaurants, and a private dining room and has been an instant hit with diners. Along with winning food and drink offerings, the space also hosts a wide variety of events, from product and PR launches to summer socials and music after parties.
Given its multi-functional nature, premium audio was essential for the venue, with integrators HD Pro Audio (part of Marquee Group) engaged to design and install a suitable system.
HD Pro Audio had previously carried out interim work and programming updates on Arcade’s existing Tottenham Court Road venue, having been introduced by a longstanding client. The Battersea project followed directly from this work, with a brief to provide a high-quality system that could deliver an impactful audio profile to cater for DJ sets and live music as well as background music. A Pioneer Pro Audio system was ultimately chosen to meet the challenge.
Andy Huffer, project manager for HD Pro Audio comments: “There were strict noise levels to consider, both within the Power Station site and in terms of neighbouring tenants. I wanted to try and stay with one loudspeaker brand across the site, which we did. We drew from a range of Pioneer Pro Audio speakers, from compact 4.5” commercial surface mounts to large- scale, wooden 12” two-way professional grade units and 18” subs.”
The bulk of the system at Arcade Battersea comprises more than 40 Pioneer Pro Audio CM-S58T 8” surface mounts attached to the exposed ceiling beams and cable trays in the roof space. This arrangement minimises the need for any one loudspeaker to throw more than about four or five metres.
Huffer continues: “The CM speakers offer exceptional performance at their price point and in conjunction with the Symetrix processor and Powersoft multi-channel amplifiers connected via the Dante audio networking protocol, allow highly granular level control across the entire venue. This enables the sound profile to be shaped within the guidelines laid down by the landlord, without compromising the sonic level, warmth and clarity of a DJ-driven venue.
“I was very pleased to see this project through from inception to opening night and receive extremely positive feedback from the clients. Once again, we were able to deliver a project on time on, on budget, while maintaining our core design principles.”
The whole system at Arcade consists of 42 x CM-S58T-K (8” surface mount), 6 x CM-S54T-K (4.5” surface mount), 2 x XY-122 (12” two way, full-range), 2 x XY-118S (bass reflex subwoofer), and 1 x XPRS10 (10” full range active). A Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 digital mixer and CDJ-3000 professional multi-player complete the picture.

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