London’s leading venues gets an AV upgrade – including the launch of the brand new Congress Suite, featuring colour changing lighting
The Congress Centre, one of London’s leading conference and events venues, has opened a brand new 200 capacity space, featuring the very latest AV equipment – including LED colour-changing lighting.
The venue, built in the 1950s, is home to 13 rooms and a popular choice for for leading blue chip clients including Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Samsung, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Barclays and public sector organisations such as the NHS – who have all held events in its rooms.
The new space, named the Congress Suite, has been created through converting four interconnecting rooms into one – ideal (for those that know the building) for breakout space for events taking place in Congress Hall, which can house up to 850 people.
The Congress Suite, which was a blank canvas in terms of technology, has been fitted with a Yamaha LS9 16-channel digital sound desk with 2 top-table microphones, as well as lectern and roving microphones. There is also a Sennheiser infrared hearing loop with 6 lanyard units for the hard of hearing, while 14 double sockets around the room, free standard Wi-Fi, 7 double data sockets for hard-wired internet connection, Cat 6 connections and 63 amp 3 phase complete the technical specifications.
“Many clients return to Congress Centre time and time again because the venue offers built-in stage sets with great AV equipment including giant screens, HD projections and sophisticated sound desks,” Ruby Chagger, conference and sales manager at Congress Centre told AVTE. “Clients like the fact that they can ‘plug and play’ without having to hire an event production company and lots of equipment.
“With the Congress Suite, there was no technology in place previously we have specified everything from scratch.
“Many of our clients mentioned in the past ‘If only you had a large area next to the Hall which we could use for exhibitions, alongside conferences and events going on in the Hall’ and we have responded to their comments by literally knocking down walls this summer and turning a series of meeting rooms into one large space, The Congress Suite. The room is brand new and hardly anyone has seen it yet, but so far reactions have been amazingly positive. It’s turned out better than even we envisaged.”
In addition to the creation of The Congress Suite, Congress Centre’s summer renovation programme included the refurbishment of the extensive women’s and men’s washroom facilities on the same level to increase capacity and install new LED lighting, as well as installing new LED lights in Congress Hall.
More information on the venue can be found here