Protec delivers for ARLA conference
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
arla-2019London’s ExCel hosted the annual ARLA Propertymark Conference and exhibition
UK - Over a thousand delegates from the private rental sector gathered in London’s ExCel on 2 April to attend the Annual ARLA Propertymark Conference and exhibition. Protec European Events were trusted by their client Westrade Group Ltd to provide a full event technical service package.
Moderated by BBC News presenter Julian Worricker, the conference focussed on the importance of legislation, and how to keep abreast of industry issues.
Project manager Fraser McCaig reports, “Protec designed and built the 40m x 4.2m stage with six integrated 4m high x 1m wide LED video columns supported by OV40 truss 4m columns that we anchored to 100kg steel base plates with the set covered by seven colour Polycril wraps. We recessed the centre section of the set with laser line graphics for branding which was enhanced with DMX controlled LED strips on both sides and on top. We also handled the full graphic design of all the stage and branding elements for the client.”
Head of the video department – Sean Godefroy opted for Christie 14k projectors for the two screens, Analog Way PLS 350G switchers controlled by an Orchestra desk. Alongside that, he used Master Cue so the client felt they were in control of their presentations. He used two JVC HM 890 fibre studio cameras that fed the live feed to the two 5.4m screens.
Ben Waters, head of audio, notes, “We chose to use the compact Nexo M620 line array, with four hangs on the truss, plus two wider fills as well as centralised subs for even coverage. The room was extremely wide, with a fairly short depth and most important not a lot of height. To combat this we used multiple smaller hangs of M620 which was key to keep the sound uniform and clear. We processed everything through a Yamaha QL5 which is great for speed of workflow as well as getting a lot for its size. The microphones were all Sennheiser Ew500 series, with flesh headsets for the key speakers and Audio-Technica lectern mics on the podiums as a back-up.”
“Because the set was so wide and rigging points plentiful in the Platinum Suites, Pete Sarson, our lighting designer for the show was able to make good use of the Claypaky K10 moving lights, generic lamps, Thomas Pixel Line LED battens and DMX LED ribbon strips built into the centre section recessed canopy,” adds McCaig.
(Jim Evans)

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