Leicester BSF
August, 2014
BSF, Video Wall, SEN

Delivering Leicester’s biggest ever investment into its schools

Leicester City Council was awarded more than £235million to rebuild or remodel each and every secondary school in the city. As the largest capital investment for over 50 years, the Leicester City BSF project involved 16 secondary schools, five special schools and three ICT only schemes.

Project Brief

With a view to providing a 21st century learning environment to engage and inspire pupils, staff and people in the community, BSF’s ultimate aim was to make a real difference to the life chances of all young people by giving them the best possible
start, no matter what their background.

Initially, the AV roll outs were to be phased manageably over a six month period as each school completed, yet ongoing construction delays on all builds resulted in all AV installs taking place within a 12 week period.

“CDEC is the best AV company that I have worked with – the success of our project is largely due to the excellent and flexible attitude of the CDEC team and the quality of their work. We were asked to accelerate work that we had planned over 3 years to be completed in 12 months, which CDEC has achieved by creating an off-site assembly line and minimising the work that has to be done on-site, meaning that each teaching room is out of use for an absolutely minimum period (often just 1 day).”

David Swayne
Chief Information Officer , Goldsmith's University of London

Project details

Each school varied in size, shape and scope and had different needs and requirements. Each AV installation was fully tailored to meet each of the schools’ needs after a thorough consultation process. Given the high quantity of special needs establishments within the project, this process was highly sensitive and required the expertise of a professional company like ourselves. Equipment included classroom audio visual solutions such as NEC UM280wi projectors, 65” Promethean Active Touch and 80”SM Boards to name just a few.

Digital signage solutions across the schools included the likes of Sahara Clevertoush, Sahara Clear Vision 65″ and Sharp 50″ displays. All equipment was specified inline with each school’s exact requirements.

Project Benefits

We used our project management expertise, resource pool and professional teamwork ethics to pull out all the stops to ensure that not a single school had to open without the AV installation complete.
All AV solutions in open spaces in the schools are bespoke solutions created by our specialist technical projects team to suit the schools’ exact needs and bring their vision to fruition,  whilst taking into consideration the building design and environmental impacts.

The schools now benefit from state of the art audio visual installations that are fit for purpose for many years to come. The project itself won Education project of the year at the InAVatio awards 2015, a European wide awards ceremony.