Edinburgh Surgeons

Edinburgh, Scotland

A church next to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh was converted into a conference and lecture space in the 1970s.  Having served the College well for 30 years, it was recognized that the space needed  improvement to accommodate larger numbers and to bring the presentation facilities up to date. Benjamin Tindall Architects, and  Irons Foulner M&E Consultants were in charge of the project.

AVC Electrosonic was appointed to the project team, to design the AV systems and to provide essential input to the architects and engineers. The finished facility is a high quality conference space with architectural integrity that makes best use of contemporary presentation and communication technologies.

The Symposium Hall is fitted with a videoconferencing system which has cameras to cover both presenters and the audience. The audio system uses Amina loudspeakers for speech reinforcement, which are built into the walls and plastered over. Program audio is played through appropriately sited Tannoy loudspeakers. Other equipment includes a Projection Design F3+ projector, Stewart Filmscreen electric screen and AMX control system.

The system is normally operated by the College's full-time technician, but the clarity of the control system’s user interface allows it to be presenter-operated when this is preferred.

Following the success of this project, AVC Electrosonic has been contracted to design and install further systems for newly built teaching facilities in the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh campus.