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The Uk Supreme Court

Location:

London, UK

Sector:

Public

Introduction

The Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords which, until October 2009, was the final Court of Appeal for all cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland and civil cases from Scotland. Located in Parliament Square in London, the Supreme Court is home to the 12 Law Lords, or Justices, who sit in the three chambers and preside over hearings that have reached what is now the UK’s highest court.

The project brief

proAV was asked to deliver extensive professional audio visual systems to facilitate the broadcasting, recording and distribution of events at the newly refurbished Supreme Court building in Parliament Square.

A wide range of fully integrated AV technologies including the industry’s most sophisticated broadcasting, display and control hardware and associated monitoring, presentation and post-production software formed part of an innovative, highly specialised solution.

Sophisticated audio visual equipment that incorporated the industry’s latest cutting edge technology was installed throughout the building, notably the court’s three chambers, the main gallery, a secondary gallery which serves as a Non Linear Edit Suite (NLES), exhibition space and outside broadcasting units. All monitoring, recording, equipment racks and control systems were housed in a central gallery with a studio console with seating for three engineers.

The UK Supreme Court was the first in England and Wales to televise court sessions - proAV helped make that happen...

A number of specialist areas at the Supreme Court were equipped with the following professional AV technologies:

  • HD PTZ camera systems with optical multiplex cards, microphones and speech reinforcement systems in all three court chambers
  • Custom-built studio console for main gallery with video routing and switching, signal processing enclosure, live Outside Broadcast feed, control system and central RAID archive server
  • Non-Linear Edit Suite (NLES) with AVID professional recording, storage and editing system, bespoke console and media asset management and workflow automation software
  • Dedicated exhibition space with display system to screen pre-recorded and live footage from any courtroom for public viewing and educational purposes

In summary:

The Supreme Court now has the capability to digitally record court proceedings and store footage on a centralised server. The court is the first in England and Wales to televise court sessions and the new facilities will allow the distribution of live and pre-recorded feeds to the NLES for post-production and/or outside broadcast units and on to Millbank Studios in Westminster for distribution to Sky, BBC, ITN and the Press Association.

The Supreme Court is the first court in England and Wales to televise court sessions and the proAV solution will allow the distribution of live and pre-recorded feeds to the NLES and on to Millbank Studios in Westminster for distribution to Sky, BBC, ITN and the Press Association.

proAV's design, technical and project management teams delivered this high profile, integrated solution on time, within budget and according to the consultant's precise specification.