When the University of Liverpool made the strategic decision to upgrade the picturesque and long-standing Hart Building to enhance hybrid working facilities, they needed an AV integrator with the skill, resource, and experience to deliver the project in under four weeks.
Located in Liverpool city centre, the Hart Building is home to a number of clerical staff and HR specialists who rely on high-quality collaboration and communication. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the university chose to bring the facilities at the Hart Building in-line with their Hybrid Working scheme.
Following a series of discussions with the university and our technology partners, it was clear from the outset that the solution had to provide seamless collaboration across multiple locations, with additional ability to move the equipment freely around the building.
To enhance the video collaboration experience across all spaces, it was important to give employees the flexibility to meet and collaborate how they felt most comfortable. To allow this, the CoACT video collaboration trolleys by TOP-TEC were a great choice for this requirement.
Inside each CoACT unit sits a high-quality Poly Studio - an all-in-one camera, microphone and soundbar, a crystal clear 55” Philips Professional Display, a simple to use Extron control panel, and an input plate to connect additional peripherals such as a laptop when required. The entire unit being driven by a HP Desktop Mini.
To complement the experience further, a Sharp 50” touchscreen with an Extron wayfinding interface was incorporated into the entrance of the building. Fully contained within bespoke housing from TOP-TEC, staff now have the ability to quickly book collaboration spaces on arrival.
An important element to the project was ensuring the university were happy with the proposed solution. Both Pure AV and TOP-TEC were able to provide detailed 3D renders and design specification drawings - allowing the university to visualise the solution being proposed.
Feedback from the university has been fantastic. The staff are utilising the trolleys throughout the Hart Building for hybrid meetings and collaboration on a daily basis, leading to increased engagement and productivity across all users.
Following the launch of this scheme, the university are confident that the success of this deployment will help shape further implementation of hybrid working across the campus.