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PAI Group in high-profile Cardiff life sciences install

The integrator has completed a major AV integration project for the Life Sciences Hub Wales in Cardiff Bay.

Vaughan Sound Installations (which trades as PAI Group) has completed an impressive, large-scale AV integration project for the Life Sciences Hub Wales in Cardiff Bay.

The client required a substantial array of future-proof technology over an entire 1,100sqm floor, with areas that include a presentation space (pictured), boardroom, four meeting rooms, CEO’s office, and multimedia pod. Integral to the estimated £2.2m fit-out works, Vaughan Sound was tasked with specifying and installing a range of audio, display, projection, centralised video recording, live streaming and videoconferencing systems, along with all dedicated cabling and infrastructure, as a full turnkey solution.

The kit list includes Bosch HD cameras, Crestron control systems, EVOKO Room Manager systems, Philips desktop monitors, Polycom HDX7000 videoconference units, a Samsung SUR 40in multitouch display, Sharp LCD TVs, Trantec radio microphones, and Yamaha mixers and audio amplifiers.

Vaughan Sound was appointed by Paramount Interiors, following two previous successful collaboration projects at the same address – 3 Assembly Square – for KPMG and ITV Cymru Wales. The company is celebrating 50 years in the AV industry this year.

The facility was officially opened on Thursday 17 July by Economy Minister Edwina Hart, with speeches from life sciences entrepreneur and investor Sir Chris Evans, and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. It is hoped that the facility will become a central pillar in the vision to create a thriving life sciences ecosystem in Wales – bringing activity, knowledge, people and policy together. GE Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson Innovation are already confirmed as tenants the the Hub.

According to Wales Online, Theo Paphitis said: “The vision of this hub is what will create the future. I know that we have had industries that now are becoming less and less relevant in the modern world and are disappearing. Unless we look outwards and replace those industries then Wales and other countries will have no future.”

The Welsh Government has supported the fit-out, as well as the rental cost for the first five years, as part of its £100m Life Sciences Investment Fund.