13 years in AV integration
With the 51st employee about to start and a £10 million annual threshold crossed; Pure AV has come a long way from the kitchens and garages of our four founding directors some 13 years ago.
We are delighted to enter 2017 as finalists in two categories at the AV News Awards. Our work on Collaborative spaces at Staffordshire University is shortlisted for the Education Project of the Year and the Laser Showcase held this autumn a finalist for AV Market Development Initiative of the Year. It’s a great way to close out a year that has seen the company extend its presence in new geographies and new market sectors.
An active 2016
Appointment to the NEUPC and reappointment to the NWUPC University Purchasing Frameworks created a stepping stone to growth as framework success was quickly followed by the merger of AV integrator Display IT into the Pure AV organisation. The former Display IT staff are a great addition to the team and have brought with them new experience and expertise in the compulsory education, health and heritage sectors.
The launch of a new website offered fresh ways to communicate with our customers and share the latest case studies and technology news. A successful Laser Showcase in the autumn brought together presentation and exhibition with a twist on the traditional shoot-out to generate a real talking point. The event was really well received and gave everyone the opportunity to take a fresh look at what laser projection has to offer.
As far as projects are concerned, The AV News Award for Education Project of the Year 2016 gave us a great start to the year. The award winning Learning Lab at Liverpool Hope University set the scene for a year that has been full of industry leading projects.
Collaboration was a common theme across all sectors of activity this year.
BAM Construct UK
At BAM Construct UK, taking the time to understand the client’s interpretation of collaboration, avoided over specification and helped to deliver a great user experience in line with available budget. The meeting rooms needed to be flexible, easy to use and allow cable free connection to the presentation screens.
They now have adaptable meeting spaces, with easy content sharing and straight forward room management.
“Pure AV listened to us and helped us deliver the best results within the budget available. We now have facilities that set the benchmark for the other regional offices.”
Colin Wills, estimator BAM Construct UK.
The Campus Transformation project at Staffordshire University involved the creation of learning spaces to support a more active, collaborative style of teaching and learning. A multi-purpose Digital kiln designed to work as a bridge between formal and informal learning has created a new workspace for students and is extending learning beyond the formal teaching spaces. Formal Learning spaces are flexible and make use of interactive touch screens and digital whiteboards to provide students with an experience that prepares them for the modern collaborative workplace.
“It’s been a delight to see the students and staff starting to use the new technologies. The one thing I really like is that the tutor isn’t stuck to the front of the room, they can move around the space and go and have a conversation with a student. It creates a really engaging environment for the students to learn in”.
Simon Birkett, IT & Learning Technology Manager, Staffordshire University.
University of Leeds
The project at the University of Leeds is an interesting one that re-imagines traditional theatre design to bring collaborative learning into the Lecture Theatre environment. Collaborative booths replace traditional seating to facilitate group work but also allow focus on front of room activity. Each booth is equipped with an internet enabled touch screen laptop, connectivity for students’ own devices and microphones. The individual booths can be selected for front of room display by the lecturer and a push to talk audio conferencing system supports effective communication between the Booths and the rest of the room.
The lecture theatres are also open to use by students outside of scheduled teaching times. This has enabled the University to increase the informal learning space across campus and offer students first-rate facilities for independent and small group working.
“It is really exciting to see these new spaces come to life – they are truly sector leading innovative learning spaces that combine the best use of space and digital technology to offer a collaborative and interactive learning experience.”
Professor Neil Morris, director of digital learning.
We have been talking with InAVate magazine about this project so keep your eyes open for more detail in the New Year or contact us for more information.
As we head into 2017, we continue to invest in the development of our organisation. A much needed CRM system will help support our ability to manage both new and existing relationships. We welcome new project manager Gary Welton to the Project Team as we boost our capacity to take on new projects. And look forward to the AV News Awards in the New Year, delighted to once again be in the running for Education Project of the Year.
So whilst this is a brief look back on 2016, it is really only a glance, as the directors and team keep a clear eye on the future and look forward to the ongoing development of existing partnerships and the discovery of the new.
Thank-you for being part of our 13 year journey, we wouldn’t be here without you! We look forward to the New Year ahead and hope that you will continue to be part of our story in the years to come.