27 July 2017

The University of Hertfordshire’s science building Audio Visual (AV) project has been nominated for the Education Project of the Year award in the AV Awards 2017.

The AV Awards recognise and reward excellence across the Audio Visual industry. They are open to any company involved in the AV industry across the globe, from manufacturers of any kind of equipment or software used in AV communication to media production companies.

A landmark new building

The University’s science building is a landmark new building designed to bring together all of the University's science facilities under one roof and create a state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory space for students and staff.

The new £50m building houses laboratories, cutting-edge research technology and areas for informal learning and socialising. The project is a key milestone of the University’s 2020 vision and transformation of the College Lane campus.

The University worked in conjunction with AV partner, Reflex, who carried out the installation work and Hewshott International who assisted with some of the design and project management.

The building’s AV system, which was developed by Reflex, WyreStrom and POLAR Audio was specially designed to meet the complex needs of students and staff working and learning in such a unique environment.

One of the fundamental capabilities of the new AV system is that it allows any video to be displayed to any of the building’s 90 screens individually or at the same time. This might simply be within one teaching lab, from one lab to another or indeed to displays outside the immediate teaching environments.

An innovative solution

Adam Harvey, Solutions Architect – AV & Digital Media at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Science Building has been announced as a finalist in the AV Awards Education Project of the Year category. It really is a testament to the hard work of the whole project team in delivering this innovative solution in our new Science Building. Being a finalist in all three major industry awards this year is a huge achievement and winning an AV Award would underline just how remarkable this project is.”

The winners for each category will be selected by a judging panel consisting of senior representatives from user companies and key industry players. They will assess each entry according to its objectives, available budget and market background.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 29 September 2017.