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BDO Stoy Hayward Case Study

Bringing information to the fore at BDO Stoy Hayward

Location

Spinningfields, Manchester

Sector

Accounting

Project Value

£1.2M

Programme

16 weeks

The Brief

BDO is part of the world’s fifth largest accountancy firm. When its Bristol office relocated from One Victoria Street to Bridgewater, it presented an opportunity for the firm to exploit more effective ways of working together, powered by audio visual, communications and collaboration technology.
BDO wanted to promote closer, more effective collaboration among its staff, and needed a variety of different presentation and meeting spaces, both formal and informal, to support this. The company’s aim was to provide an environment that would help it attract and retain the best talent in its field.
Thanks to an in-depth understanding of the brief, and a flexible and pro-active approach, Viewpoint won the contract to deliver the audio visual technology for the new office space.

The Solution

Boardroom

The boardroom is a large space with a folding partition wall. Both rooms can be used as separate systems with ceiling mounted projectors and recessed electric projection screens. Images from VCR, DVD, free to air TV, dedicated PC and two laptops can be selected. Audio is provided via 100v line amplifiers and flush mounted ceiling loudspeakers.

When the folding wall is retracted, the two systems become one with the screen in room one as the focal display. Audio is now reproduced through speakers in both rooms.

Control and automated switching of all equipment is achieved by the integration of two AMX wireless touchpanel systems, which also allows control of lighting levels.

Meeting Rooms

In the meeting rooms, bespoke input plates are installed at two floor box positions to allow connection of laptops at the meeting table and a mobile screen. This shared resource can be quickly connected in any of the client meeting rooms to provide a presentation medium as and when required.

Video Conference Room

One of the meeting rooms is equipped with a VC system displaying content from laptop PCs via two 50” screens. Microphone and laptop connections are provided at the desktop and the room can be made larger by retracting a folding partition wall allowing VC meetings for more attendees.

Communal Areas

Digital signage screens with embedded PCs have been wall-mounted either in bespoke joinery casings or to column faces. These units together with a server PC housed in the marketing department allow content to be scheduled and displayed relating to the area and message required. For example, in the reception area, the screen is split to show images from TV and scrolling welcome messages, while audio is reproduced via flush mounted ceiling speakers.

TV System

A satellite TV system has been installed comprising a roof mounted dish with 10 satellite receivers and switching rack mounted in the comms room. This allows a variety of channels to be scheduled to any display, with channel control local to the display over RF cabling.