Founded in 1895 for the ‘betterment of society’, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the world’s foremost social science universities, ranking second international for its Social Science and Management subjects. Some 12,000 students (2017-18) come from over 148 countries to study in LSE’s 23 academic departments and 22 research centres.
proAV has enjoyed a long and rewarding partnership with LSE having completed a number of exciting integrated AV projects in recent years, including an all-embracing AV scheme that was rolled out across the New Academic Building.
When LSE made the decision to upgrade the audio visual systems in a range of teaching areas, proAV was commissioned to design and build a raft of pioneering technologies that would transform some of its most prominent learning spaces.
proAV was appointed by LSE to deliver wide-ranging AV technologies in major areas across the LSE campus. The campus is arranged over just a few streets around Lincoln’s Inn Field in central London, and includes the Sheikh Zayed Theatre in the New Academic Building, the Old Theatre in the Old Building, the Hong Kong Theatre, Tower Building classrooms and the Tower Rooms.
The project to upgrade the legacy systems was to answer the call for increasingly sophisticated AV systems architecture that would enhance LSE’s student experience and ensure it would maintain its position as one of the most dynamic universities in the world.
Key technologies in this phased upgrade included state-of-the-art projection and control systems that would replace the legacy analogue solutions installed several years before.
The Hong Kong Theatre is set in LSE’s Clement House and, with its 220-seat capacity, o ers remarkable ROI potential for weekend corporate conferences and as an evening lecture venue. The former banking hall has wood-panelled walls and a marble- oored foyer and it was vital that our AV system design was sympathetic to this stunning interior scheme.
The Sheikh Zayed Theatre, a vast, 400-seat theatre based in the LSE’s New Academic Building on the historic Lincoln’s Inn Fields and the semi-circular, 460-seater Old Theatre in the Old Building with its raised stage both called for AV systems that would complement the interior and inspire private hire event opportunities.
An overarching challenge that related to each element of this project was the strict time-frames that were applied to the installation. Each phase was completed during out-of-hours, weekends and out-of-term periods due to the tight installation programme and to avoid disrupting the university’s learning schedules.
The key AV technologies that feature within each teaching space covered by the project’s scheme at the LSE include the following:
The project to equip the London School of Economics and Political Science was completed in accordance with the time constraints set and within budget and has resulted in a number of benefits for the client, including:
Daniel Roberts Assistant Director for Technology Operations