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Putting AV furniture at the heart of the building design

The University of Hertfordshire invested £10 million in their brand new Law Court Building on the University’s de Havilland Campus. The building offers law students the opportunity to study at one of the most innovative law schools in the UK.  At the heart of the building is a full scale replica court room where students get the opportunity to practice their skills in a ‘real’ setting.  In addition to this the building hosts a number of IT suites and seminar rooms all designed to a high specification ensuring a premium feel when attended by the local legal community.

Adam Harvey, Events and Technical Support Manager at the University of Hertfordshire and was responsible for the design of the complete audio visual solution for the Law Court Building.  The system was designed in close working proximity with the requirements of the Academic Staff at the School of Law as they are at the forefront when it comes to the ‘cutting edge’ of teaching and delivery methods.  Combining lectures and practical teaching methods the equipment they use to complement their teaching was of the utmost importance during the design and build of the flagship building.

The overall brief was to design a system that provides the full standard technical specification for teaching; laptop, projector, visualiser.  The challenge was that the Academics didn’t want the technology to be visible as they felt that often bulky furniture and lots of technical equipment creates a physical ‘barrier’ between the Academics and their Students.

The PP1200-15u provided the perfect solution for the project; the mobile teaching desk provides all of the functionality as standard with a lockable 15u rack cupboard, lockable and removable back panel,   4 castors (2 lockable) and available in a wide range of wood and veneer finishes.  The real point of difference with this innovative piece of audio visual furniture is that it is completely customisable. Using a RAL colour number specified by the Architects and Adam Harvey, CTS at the University the PP1200-15u was identically matched to the environment in which it was situated.

Adam Harvey, commented “we had never painted lecterns before and instantly knew it was a great concept. We painted them to fit the décor of the rooms and they look fantastic. The colour matches the acoustic panelling and light fittings exactly, this teamed with white projectors and white screen housings made the audio visual elements of the room particularly unobtrusive.”

“Not only does the PP1200-15u look good, it also does the job. The rack got really busy during this project and it has held the full system and is keeping it cool.” Adam Harvey.

The installation of the PP1200-15u went to plan, with the Audio Visual Reseller reporting that the engineers were extremely happy with the product. However it is inevitable that during the installation process the audio visual furniture will receive some bumps and scrapes. During sign off it was identified that some of the PP1200-15u’s angled sections were chipped.

“Sue at JM Supplies snagged more than anyone when she came to see the finished product and provided pots of touch up paint free of charge which immediately solved the problem. This not only showed that they really wanted the product to look right, but that they had an immediate solution to my problem, great customer service.” Adam Harvey.

JM supplies took this issue immediately on board as it is imperative that audio visual furniture can withstand the knocks and scrapes that are inevitable throughout installation and general use. The solution was to improve the quality of our paint finish with an AC Lacquer.

In order to meet the project deadline JM supplies pulled out all of the stops. From receipt of the order to delivery on site took just three weeks. As a rule the turnaround time for this order would be four weeks but we can improve on this if a project requires, that is one of the benefits of being a manufacturer.

“The product was superb for the features and the price, the customer service provided was excellent and we will definitely be working with JM Supplies again.” AV Systems Integrator

At JM Supplies we pride ourselves on the fact that we provide customers with exceptional service, ensure delivery dates are met, provide the best audio visual furniture available for your budget and value honesty and integrity across everything we do.

“We were so impressed we have since ordered more” said Adam Harvey.

We feel that the University of Hertfordshire’s Law Court Building Project is one we are extremely proud to have been a part of. We hope you enjoyed reading about it, if you require any further information about this project, the PP1200-15u or any of our other products please get in touch, we are waiting to speak to you.

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