Another top entry from this year’s Smart Building Awards, this project is located at Dreamland in Margate, an amusement park dating back to 1880 with ‘Listed Building Status’ to much of the park.
Webstract were approached to design and install an audio and video system for the Roller Disco and Diner areas to co-inside with the makeover for Christmas 2018.
It was agreed that none TVs, one projector and screen and eight speakers would be installed to broadcast Christmas themed movies and shows throughout December as well as sporting events during Christmas and into 2019.
The turnaround from design to installation and completion was two weeks and in that time no less than three miles of CAT6 and speaker cable was sympathetically installed.
The works were completed on time and on budget with the main unique feature being a projector and screen being mounted on top of a classic circular Carousel
The building is a large venue hall with a curved metal ‘Tin’ ceiling 12 metres high. Columns supporting the ceiling were used to locate the TVs and speakers.
As a commercial building the venue will hold upwards of 300 people and combines a restaurant and bar, amusement arcade and a roller disco.
Welcome to the house of fun!
The chosen system was designed around a Control4 control controller (EA3) and audio matrix (Triad TS-AMS8), it also included a 7in on-wall touchscreen.
Using HD Video over IP and a managed network switch Control4 integrated the TVs, projector and audio system to provide simple control of the selected audio and video sources
The AV system can now be controlled and monitored over an iPad or local touchscreen and managed by the local or remote facilities team who said they love the new system and how easy it is to be able to control remotely
The install team says Dreamland was a unique project because of it being the oldest theme park in the country with English grade listed building status.
All technology had to be discreetly installed with care and attention to how screens and projectors were mounted as not to damage any part of the structure that was also listed.
Time for completion was a major challenge, it was also difficult to work out how cabling was going to be run and where TVs and speakers could be fixed to the listed building status, the hall being over 100 years old had unique features that needed to be preserved and not removed or damaged.
This was achieved with the assistance of the local heritage representative who overlooked every step of the project.
So, no mean feat to put the fun into this listed fun palace in a challenging time scale.