AVM and PSCo have successfully installed a Panasonic 103in plasma screen at the Bank of China’s new headquarters in the City of London.
IT and audiovisual consultants, Coleman Bennett International, designed the systems that were implemented by AVM in the new premises, including the AV solutions for the new boardroom, ten different meeting rooms, and a number of executive offices. The 103in plasma screen was specified for the boardroom and AVM contracted PSCo for specialist help on this complex installation.
“The Bank of China wanted an innovative system that would solve their audiovisual requirements and also blend in with the incredible interiors created for their executive floor,” said AVM account director Bob Neil. “The 103” plasma was chosen as the most suitable option for the boardroom and, amazingly, the room had the space to house it. The other options considered included rear projection, but were less appealing.”
“In addition, the boardroom has spectacular views across the City of London, and closing the blinds to facilitate projection would take away some of the impact of this fantastic space,” continued Neil. “The 103in plasma performs well in high ambient light environments and, as this was not an issue, aesthetically it was the preferred choice. The overall standard of the fit-out at the Bank of China is exceptional, and the 103in was the perfect product to complement this high standard.”
“This was a complex installation,” said PSCo’s product manager, Mark Flowers. “It was clear from our site survey that we could not simply transport the screen to the seventh floor through the building. Instead, we used the external freight elevator to hoist the screen, in its bespoke build flight case, up to the seventh floor and in through the window.”
The system includes videoconferencing, which requires both HD content and HD live video to be displayed on the screen simultaneously. The system also allows for up to six laptop inputs, ideal for presentations and other data images from visiting delegates. In addition, the screen can be used to display HD video content via a Blu-ray player and TV input with one Chinese channel. This is all controlled by a Crestron control system that operates all AV and lighting in the room, including twelve microphones connecting to the videoconferencing system.
AVM also installed 46in and 52in LCD displays in eight executive offices and the office of the CEO, as well as AV into the restaurant area and games room.