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The UK Ministry Of Defence


Shrivenham, Wiltshire, UK




Part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Defence Academy of the UK delivers education and training courses covering leadership, strategy, science & technology and business skills for members of the UK Armed Forces, the Civil Service, government departments and overseas personnel.  

The project brief:

proAV was commissioned and instructed directly by Serco to design and install a wide range of integrated audio visual solutions across the MOD Defence Academy site over an 18-month period.

The brief was to update the  AV technology within a number of lecture theatres and classrooms including:

proAV was the principal contractor and managed all trades independently, including electricians, decorators and bespoke AV furniture manufacturers.

Technical overview:

  • Key technologies feature in this space include :
  • HD laser projection systems
  • Dual camera video conferencing
  • Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
  • Crestron DigitalMedia signal distribution matrix and switching
  • Professional and amplified audio systems, induction loop and amplifiers
  • Custom design lecterns with HD touchpanels
  • 65” interactive displays
  • IPTV distribution
  • PTZ IP monitoring cameras
  • Control room featuring audio mixing desk, Crestron touch panel and preview monitors

Project innovations and challenges

In terms of challenges, this project required considerable coordination with the Serco contracted builders throughout the process. For the three lecture theatres that formed the JSCSC project update, proAV was the principal contractor and managed all trades independently, including electricians, decorators and bespoke AV furniture manufacturers.  (i.e.. lecterns, etc.).

A number of innovative technologies were deployed including a Crestron DigitalMedia infrastructure with the latest HD touch panels. This solution is now a standard throughout all the theatres because of its high-definition signal distribution over the existing infrastructure which removes distance limitations and allows the routing of signals wherever new wires cannot be run. DigitalMedia intelligently manages all signals and devices, matching each source’s output to the capabilities of the selected display(s).

Beyerdynamic Revoluto microphones were installed at each seat position within the Churchill Lecture Theatre; chosen for their superior quality and wide signal range. This solution gave any member of the seated audience the capability to indicate their desire to participate via a push button with LED indicator light and the presenter having the ability to select the next in line from the lectern position. 

Support services

We have supported  Serco onsite teams since 2006, delivering AV support into the MOD Shrivenham estate including SLA combinations of 4 and 8 hours onsite responses subject to location, 3rd party repairs and management, loan equipment, monthly account management meetings, MI reporting via CRM.

The AV solutions installed at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham are delivering numerous benefits, including: