The PA People brews up a solution in Bankstown
AUSTRALIA: Those that participate in or attend events at Bankstown Sports Club are now able to drop in, underground, for a craft beer or cider (or wine) and a gourmet burger at the club’s new venue: The Basement Brewhouse. Bankstown is situated in New South Wales and when seeking a company to design and install the A/V setup, the sports club turned to The PA People.
The A/V consultancy’s installation at the venue comprised 28 FS40 surface mount speakers with three Freespace subs in the main areas. A further eight FS40 speakers and two Freespace subwoofer were split between the Brewhouse’s two private lounges. Shure ULXD radio mics have been supplied for staff and Univox hearing loops provide assistive listening in the bar area.
The visual side of the project saw the integration of several television screens and this was the cause of the biggest challenges presented due to the project due to the venue’s décor. The televisions hung on the outer walls were to have curtains running directly behind them, with the request made to have no cabling or connections shown. To meet this specification, The PA People designed a single-point swivel bracket for the curtain to fit around, with no fixings showing.
The challenges didn’t end there, as some of the dining tables inside the venue are located within oversized barrels, and these too were to be installed with TV sets. The original specification called for single-sided units to be mounted to round poles. However, during the project, this changed to a need for two televisions to be installed, one on each side, of each pole, which would now be squared instead of round. To allow for this, The PA People got creative, making use of tinted acrylic trim to hide all of the cables and connections. An AMX control system and Surface Touch Panel Control were also installed.
‘In the process of this install, we upgraded the entire site-wide MATV system from analogue to digital,’ added Brett Steele, manager - installed systems at The PA People. ‘The Basement Brewhouse was running digital for Melbourne Cup Day!’
The other obstacles faced by The PA People were that the sports club remained operational, meaning noise and structural considerations were to be made during installation, and that construction work was ongoing within the brewhouse.
‘We were on site most days to ensure that we were not “built-out” of any areas; thankfully we were mostly in front of where we needed to be and completed the install task days before the official opening,’ said Ross Ford, PA People project manager. ‘We were in constant contact with the Club’s A/V Team to give final approvals on all site locations as we would not get a second go at getting it right.’
With the brewhouse now open and serving a wide selection of ales from its own microbrewery, staff and patrons are reportedly impressed with the A/V solution. ‘The brief given to The PA People in the lead-up to the Brewhouse project, was to provide us with a high quality distributed sound system, high definition vision and a simple, yet intuitive control system,’ recalled Jason Klippel, audiovisual team leader at Bankstown Sports Club. ‘They have exceeded expectations in their delivery, with some very positive feedback from early on.’