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University chooses HHB for audio

The University of York in the UK has invested some £30 million in a new department specialising in theatre, film and television - and has turned to audio company HHB to equip it.

UK-based audio company HHB has supplied audio equipment including five Pro Tools HD systems, Euphonix and ICON consoles, and ancillary studio and ENG equipment for the impressive new premises of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. Representing an investment of some £30 million, the new building includes full television studio and post-production facilities, and equips the University as one of the country’s leading educators in film and television production.

Working in close cooperation with the technical installation company, Wire Broadcast, HHB provided extensive management and support throughout the projects, from the initial tender submission through to on-site commissioning and training.

“The Department of Theatre, Film and Television is unique in that our remit not only involves providing students with a top flight education but also requires us to engage directly with industry as part of our funding,” says John Mateer, head of film and television production at York. “This means that our facilities have to be truly industry standard. Working with HHB and Wire Broadcast has delivered postproduction facilities on a par with those in Soho, which is no mean feat given our budget was strictly academic in size.”

“The University of York has been a valued client of HHB for more than 20 years,” said HHB education sales manager Andrew Hingley. “This project has been particularly interesting as the facilities are specified for a wide range of media production from video and film, through to sonic arts and games development. We have an excellent working relationship with Wire Broadcast, and this has helped us find solutions to unusual technical features and efficiently deliver the studio systems.”

“We have been very satisfied with both HHB and Wire Broadcast,” continued Mateer. “Ours was a complex build, particularly for a University, and complications inevitably arose. Both HHB and Wire worked hard to rectify snags and ensure that the project was delivered on time and on budget. I honestly cannot imagine the process going any more smoothly than it did.”

The University of York was voted ‘University of the Year’ at the 2010 Times Higher Education Awards.