UCLan Cyprus opens with Harman
CYPRUS: The new €53 million University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) campus in Pyla near Larnaka has opened with an audio system from Harman. The solution includes components from BSS Audio, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft.
Situated on a 40-acre site, the integrated A/V infrastructure features an advanced Learning Information Systems (LIS) network and was installed by local A/V specialist and Harman Professional distributor ALA Equipment Co. Ltd. ALA carried out full turnkey planning and delivery of the €700,000 A/V contract on the 8,000 sq-m campus in the final three weeks of a fast track build time that was itself accomplished in only 180 days.
The scope of work included equipping 15 single and double facing classrooms in the first phase with cutting-edge A/V, as a precursor to a further 30 that will follow. In each of the first 15 classrooms to be equipped, the motorised front projection screen is accompanied by four JBL Control 24 ceiling speakers, powered by Crown XLS amps – allowing eight stereo inputs.
The other major challenge was to fit out a 310-seat lecture theatre that had to double as a 5.1 cinema. It was here that ALA proposed a theater-spec technical solution, including JBL SRX712M and SRX718S which provides the 5.1 surround sound, powered by Crown CTs amplifiers. At front of house, a Soundcraft Vi1 digital mixing console has been specified.
Management of the theater I/O’s is via four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-160 processors using BLU link, BSS Audio’s proprietary network transport. At the same time, ALA’s tie line provision (along with SDI/3G video networked feeds) ensures that OB trucks can operate at the venue.
In the foyer, a media display provides looped promotional footage while doubling as a relay screen from the lecture theatre, sound reinforcement is provided by four JBL CBT 50LA column speakers, powered by Crown CTs amplifiers and controlled by dbx DriveRack 260 processors. These receive feeds directly from the Soundweb London processors, as does a large induction loop system.
Andy Belcher, UCLan’s own A/V technician, responsible for providing teaching support, was delighted with the fulfillment. ‘We knew how we wanted the installation – but this is far different and a lot more advanced than our original design. I have been impressed with the speed of delivery, the quality of ALA’s work and the professional way in which they supported the contract.’
At the same time Floros Voniatis, founding partner from UCLan Cyprus’ senior management team, described the integration as ‘one of the most advanced and fastest constructions ever to be built in Cyprus.’