Well it was quite a week for 1 Wimpole Street and especially so for the audio visual team! In addition to embarking on the extensive summer works on the 300-seat Guy Whittle Auditorium, but I will come onto that in a moment.  We also heard the news that we have been nominated for not just one award but three AV technology awards at industry events.

The AV team have been nominated for AV Service Team of the Year and our AV Manager, Kevin McLoughlin for AV Professional of the Year both for the prestigious AV Magazine AV awards.  At the end of the week we heard that we had been shortlisted for the most Innovative and Tech-friendly Venue from the Event Technology Awards.

This is fantastic news and very impressive on all they have achieved during a very busy few months and as the team has had a number of new members join them over the course of the year, plus it comes closely after Maddie Vining the Senior AV Technician won a Rising Star Award from install Awards last month.  The winners will be announced later in the year so keep an eye out for more news coming soon @1WimpoleStreet.

Now back to that refurbishment and upgrading of our largest lecture theatre, work that will go on throughout August.  It has all begin with stripping down the stage.  The entire stage, back screen, lectern and top table area is being re-designed and remodelled to become more open and uncluttered.  The stage set will be extended out to allow presenters to have more space to move around whilst not disturbing line of site of the screen for delegates.

Left: Before with the curtain, repeater screens and more restrictive enclosed staging
Right: Last week, the beginning of the remodelling to create a  new modern uncluttered stage

The back screen is being opened up and with the introduction of our new 4K projector and powerful display processor has the capability to show different video sources simultaneously, for example the left, right and very bottom of the screen will be able to show different information to that of the slides on the screen.  These could display logos, social media feeds, agendas, presenter details. They will be able to be fully branded which will tie in with the further lighting and sound improvements to be made this summer also – look out for these blogs being published during the course of the refurbishment to find out what had been done and how it will improve our delegates increasingly immersive experience at 1 Wimpole Street’s conferences and events.

Although the stage is getting a little larger, we are not compromising on losing any of the 300 seats in the auditorium.

See our next week’s blog to find out the next stage