University of the Creative Arts
Project: Design, installation, commissioning and ongoing support for new film and media studios
Dates: September 2018 – January 2019
After being recommended to the University and meeting with them informally, they invited us to act as media consultants on the design team for the new film studio and media facilities being built at their Farnham campus.
We met with a number of user groups and carried out research on what the University wanted from their new facility, and what they felt could be improved about their existing spaces.
The plans for the new facility featured a 4k Black Box Film Studio, a music control room, a 150-seat lecture theatre, and two music rehearsal spaces. Our solution included Panasonic cameras, an Avid S6 controller with Pro Tools, and projectors from JVC and Christie.
We created a comprehensive employers’ requirements document, which included technical specifications and equipment lists, as well as detailed technical plans and drawings. These all formed part of the tender packs that were issued to the main contractors bidding for the build.
Following main contractor appointment we maintained our consultancy role on the project, and were also appointed to install and commission infrastructure and equipment.
Thanks to the extremely positive working relationship we had built with the design team, the project ran smoothly. Our main challenge was sourcing the classic music technology the University had requested – we used both UK and US contacts to find a 1983 upright Yamaha piano, a 1970s Rhodes keyboard, and a classic Moog Synthesizer.
Post-installation, we designed and delivered training and familiarisation sessions for both students and staff to ensure everyone was able to get the most out of the new facilities and equipment.