We're pleased to announce that, following their highly successful debut last year, the InstallAwards are back for 2015 – and you can submit your entries now. Just go to www.installawards.com and complete the form – entries close at midnight on Friday 13 March.
The InstallAwards ceremony will be held on 4 June in a new central London venue, the Bloomsbury Ballroom.
We are inviting applications for projects – involving audio, video and/or lighting system integration – in six categories. Permanent or semi-permanent projects may be entered.
This wide-ranging category includes concert halls, stadiums, cinemas, theatres, museums, visitor attractions, even houses of worship - anywhere people have come (and usually paid) to watch and to an extent participate in a 'show' in the broadest possible sense, and where their experience of it is enhanced by the installation.
This category covers installations in schools, colleges, and universities – and also other learning environments such as conference centres and corporate training centres.
Corporate and industrial
This category covers installations in boardrooms, atriums, control rooms, simulation/visualisation facilities etc – facilities that are used by people while they are working, rather than by the public.
The hospitality category is for installations in hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants: venues where design and ambience is all-important, and the installation is an important contributor to this.
As well as covering installations in private houses, this category is also open to projects in multi-dwelling units.
Retail, transport and public space
This category is for projects where the aim of the installation is to inform, influence or entertain people as they shop, travel or undertake other aspects of their daily lives. Unlike the audience venues category, the installation is an adjunct to people’s activity, not at the heart of it.
In each category we will be presenting a Best Project Award and a Star Product Award.
For the Best Project Award we will be looking for evidence of as many of the following as possible:
- Technical innovation
- Elegant design - technical or aesthetic
- Meeting or exceeding the client brief
- Expansion capability/futureproofing
The Star Product Award focuses on a single part of the installation – a product that performs a key role in the overall system design. We're especially interested in products that provide a new solution for an existing issue.
We will also be presenting an award for Team of the Year, judged from the entries to the six project categories, along two special accolades: Grand Prix and Lifetime Achievement Award.
There is no fee to enter, and any company or individual can submit up to three entries – either in the same category or across multiple categories.
An entry form is available at www.installawards.com.
Nominations are open to any permanent or semi-permanent installation, anywhere in the world, handed over to the client between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015.
To view video of last year's event click here.