When the decision was made to refurbish the GNCC on the National Grid’s Warwick site, proAV was commissioned by Overbury to work with the client to design and install a professional, integrated audio visual system across a number of areas in the upgraded building. A central control room, training facility, Incident Room, day office/collaboration area, Visitor Experience Centre, breakout areas and various meeting room spaces represented the key areas covered within this extensive scheme.
A key feature of the control room technology includes a 7x2 array of Christie 70” DLP rear projection cubes designed for 24/7 operation, a projection system and 84” Smart interactive LED display in the training facility, LED displays, digital signage and IPTV in the collaboration area and LED displays, IPTV, projection and HD video conferencing in the Incident Room.
proAV worked with the fit-out contractor, Overbury, within its programme alongside numerous associated trades to install a scheme that was specified, designed and built by proAV’s specialist teams.
The National Grid’s new mission-critical facility at the Warwick site is the only one of its kind in the UK and demanded high standards of design and project delivery. Notably, working within a construction environment meant the team had to develop a flexible and adaptable approach to ensure the AV solution was installed on time, with no risk of delay to the overall programme. This was achieved through the implementation of a three-phase handover with the client. The core infrastructure, in particular, required careful consideration to ensure it had complete redundancy and failover so the central control room video wall would be operational 24 hours a day.
Prior to installation, manufacturer workshops were arranged for the client and contractor to select and develop the most appropriate products that would fulfil this exacting brief. The Visitor Experience Centre called for an innovation projection and digital signage solution to engage and wow visitors with the incredible content displayed, which includes a stunning floor projection image of the National Grid’s UK map of the live gas distribution network.