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InstallAwards: CDEC shortlisted in two categories

The AV integrator is up for awards in the Corporate/Industrial category as well as making the Education shortlist.

CDEC will be hoping to have something to celebrate on the 12 June after being shortlisted for five awards at the InstallAwards.

The CoRE, (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence), a brand new conference and training venue based in a refurbished pottery works in Stoke on Trent is up for Best Project and the Teamwork Award in the Corporate/Industrial section, while Phoenix Academy is shortlisted for all three awards in the Education category.

Telford’s Phoenix Academy opened the doors of its new premises with a state of the art AV system, designed to improve learning and create collaboration experiences for pupils.

The result of a partnership between CDEC and Telford and Wrekin Council, it features a brand new interactive screen system throughout the school with teacher’s devices wirelessly connected through to a screen enable them to seamlessly use technology in the classroom environment.

In a timeframe of just two days, every classroom and learning space was AV enabled with 53 Sahara Clevertouch screens, specified in 42in, 55in and 65in sizes to suit a variety of learning spaces, and a Toshiba Z10T Laptop for each teacher, which doubles up as tablet.

“We are really pleased to be nominated in the inaugural Install Awards. Our Phoenix Academy entry, which was one of our flagship projects of 2013, fully deserves to be shortlisted for three awards, recognising the hard work of the team,” says Toni Barnett, CDEC MD. “Our consultative approach led to us working closely with our supplier Sahara to develop a range of uniquely integrated CleverTab touchscreens that were not currently on the market, which has also been nominated for the Star Product Award in Education. This is a great accolade because it recognises the benefits of having strong end user focused relationships with suppliers.”

For the CoRE, CDEC was appointed to specify an innovative AV solution for its exhibition space and national education facility. The company delivered a high-end bespoke AV solution to create a space where old and new work in synergy, protecting the architecturally stunning building, while providing state-of-the-art AV to enhance the experience for the visitors and training delegates.

Ensuring the solution was sympathetic to the space and its heritage, CDEC installed a large-scale NEC projection system which used edge-blending techniques to create an engaging 6m projection on a curved wall.

The digital signage system was fitted into large pottery kilns which have been transformed into meeting spaces with kiln four becoming the museum visitor centre. The system consisted of three 65in CTouch interactive screens and four NEC N551 displays linked to wireless keyboards for use during meetings. As Kiln 4 is an unmanned space, the system was set up so that a sensor was triggered when visitors entered, prompting the video content, run from three Lenovo M90 Mini PCs, to play across all of the screens. The entire AV solution is driven by Onelan CMS-100 CMS Control Hardware to manage the content across displays.

“The CoRE was a project working within a historic structure to install a state-of-the-art AV solution, so it really is a credit to the team to have this project up for two awards. We wish all nominees the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with them at the awards ceremony in June,” adds Barnett.


There are a limited number of tables still available for the 12 June InstallAwards ceremony, to be held at the London Hilton Wembley. For more information visit or contact Sara Mather on +44 (0) 20 7354 6001.