In the last few years the university sector has become increasingly competitive as institutions seek to attract the best students to their courses. In 2012 Liverpool John Moores built the £38m Redmonds building; housing the Business School and School of Law, the facilities needed to attract students and provide them with the resources to succeed in their chosen field.
We needed to create an AV system that would both work for the current 6,000 students who use these facilities and also be future proof. The aim was for the building to achieve the BRE’s BREAM environmental rating of ‘Very Good’ and the AV has been selected to help achieve this rating.
It was also vital that the audiovisual facilities fit in with the philosophy of the building – designed to enhance the student experience, equipping students with essential ‘world of work’ skills, fostering entrepreneurial thinking and harnessing advances in digital and communication technologies.
The reaction to the new building and its AV facilities has been very positive, positioning LJMU at the forefront of education and knowledge transfer in the arts, creative and cultural industries, business and law.
We worked from the original AV brief, compiled by Joe McGlynn of LJMU, developing a final solution with our CTS-D qualified consultants and project managers.
The fit included three large lecture theatres, executive meetings rooms, leadership labs, replica court rooms for law students, general teaching rooms, video interview rooms, study areas and digital signage.
The general teaching rooms are split into four types each with a standard equipment schedule. These have set a new baseline standard for teaching rooms across the University. Similarly, the lecture theatres and study areas have become models for future installations.
All rooms use Hi-Definition Projectors or Large Format Display screens accepting both analogue and digital inputs to future proof their operation. All areas are equipped with IP Cameras and IP intercoms and are linked to Extrons’ GlobalViewer to provide the technical staff with full monitoring of all teaching areas for support and maintenance issues.