Standardisation of lecture theatres and classrooms
Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is an Anglican new university based in Kent, England. Founded as a Church of England college for teaching training in 1962, it has grown to full university status and now hosts 17,000 students, making it the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the public services.
Canterbury Christ Church had range of equipment on site but as it was up to ten years old they wanted to look at an ongoing annual refresh programme to bring all spaces up to date with the latest products and warranty packages. The university also wanted to standardise its estate and make it simple for the users, as well as making it easier for the support teams to manage. CDEC was called in to advise on suitable brands to standardise on and introduce the AV team to relevant manufacturers.
“Overall as a university here at Canterbury Christchurch we are delighted with the work CDEC have completed both from the initial contact stage through to solution design, project management and implementation. Some of the rooms have been quite complex, they’ve been neglected for a number of years. The CDEC team have come in and identified areas for improvement. Exceeded our expectations for when it comes to installation and the quality of the final finish. This is across all our teaching spaces that CDEC have completed. The CDEC team worked very closely with us both from the design, project management, the final commission and hand over. Each time the installations exceed our expectations.”
Two years ago, CCCU started looking at the standardised equipment that they were hoping to procure and carried out projector shootouts with different manufacturers, makes and models. An NEC projector was chosen and the brand is now used across the board with lamped projectors in teaching spaces and laser in the larger lecture halls.
It was a similar situation when it came to control systems. Prior to the upgrade a number of different systems were in use. The decision was made to standardise on AMX, also procuring the RMS suite from AMX. This allows the university to centrally control all of its installs and scheduled shutdowns which is saving money on lamp hours and lamp usage.
There was also a requirement for a number of interactive displays. CDEC helped by introducing CCCU to Clevertouch and they standardised on the Clevertouch brand.
Over the past two years CDEC have upgraded approximately sixty to seventy rooms a year. This has grown from standard teaching spaces to larger lecture theatres and more complex installations such as Augustine Hall, a 450-capacity auditorium located in the university’s Library and Student Services Centre, Augustine House.
CDEC introduced the concept of touch screens to the site and these are now being rolled out across the campuses as part of the refresh. The new CleverTouch Plus interactive displays are proving at hit as they are largely maintenance free and require minimal support from the AV team. They also produce bright, clear images that are a huge improvement on the old projectors previously in use.
CDEC also offered CCCU an onsite maintenance package allowing them an emergency refresh option for faulty items that may go down before the scheduled room roll out happens.