Case Study

Enhancing Learning Environments: QMUL’s Garrod Building Audio Upgrade

Queen Mary University London (QMUL), renowned for its commitment to excellence in teaching and research, recently concluded a significant refurbishment of its Garrod Building in Whitechapel. This historic building, integral to medicine and dentistry education and adjacent to the Royal London Hospital, has undergone a remarkable transformation to provide modern spaces for student study, socialising, and activity.

GVAV, leading specialists in audiovisual solutions, spearheaded the critical revamp of the ageing AV systems as part of this project. With a tight deadline to meet the opening for the new academic year in September 2023, GVAV worked diligently with Audiologic to deliver a solution that met QMUL's high standards while staying within budget constraints.

The specification included high-calibre systems for teaching spaces including 11 Seminar rooms and a PC Lab as well as the Student Union Bar and Hub and the fitness suite. Utilised for both in-person and hybrid learning over Microsoft Teams and Zoom, the teaching spaces were equipped with a Q-SYS Core 610 network I/O COTS processor with a redundant Core, ensuring efficient operations across multiple rooms with multiple Q-SYS peripherals.

The lab and seminar rooms were equipped with QSC TSC G3 Touch Screen Controllers along with a variety of QSC NV-32-H Network Endpoints, NL-P4 Pendant Speakers, AD-S6T surface mount speakers, NC-110 PTZ cameras and NM table top mics. A Shure MXA710 ceiling array microphone was installed in one of the larger rooms and Sennheiser bodypack and gooseneck mics and handhelds used throughout.

Hearing for all was an important aspect of the project and phased induction loops including Williams Sound IR transmitters, receivers and headphones and Ampetronic multiloop drivers and induction loop receivers were installed to ensure accessibility for all learners.

An additional QSC 610 network processor with TSC-70-G3 HD Touch Screen Controller was installed in the Student Union Bar, controlling QSC amplifiers, Sennheiser transmitters and mics and Yamaha CZR10 passive and DZR10D active speakers and subwoofers across the bar and social hub.

In regards to the project's challenges, Inderbir Matharoo, Account Manager at GVAV stated, "Managing multiple contractors on a project of this scale whilst navigating tight deadlines, compounded by lengthy lead times for certain equipment, presented significant hurdles. However, Audiologic's expertise proved invaluable. They adeptly sourced necessary equipment and proposed viable alternatives promptly, ensuring seamless progress within our project's timeline."

Jay Ahmed, AV Design Manager at QMUL added "We've been incredibly impressed with the transformation of the audio system at the Garrod Building at QMUL. Having access to state-of-the-art facilities like the ones provided by GVAV, based on the Q-SYS ecosystem, has truly enhanced the learning experience of our students and guests. The AV systems have been instrumental in facilitating seamless communication and collaboration in our seminars. The addition of Williams Sound IR transmitters and receivers ensures that all students, regardless of hearing abilities, can fully participate in lectures. Overall, the refurbishment has exceeded our expectations."

Since installation, the rooms have been utilised by a diverse range of users, from final year medical students to the Russell Group IT Directors’ Forum (RUGIT) which involved CIOs/Directors of Russell Group (which includes all of the UK’s top, world-class research-intensive universities). All have been highly impressed with the facilities on offer.

The successful refurbishment of the Garrod Building underscores QMUL's commitment to providing exceptional learning environments, fostering collaboration, and ensuring accessibility for all learners.

Audiologic Kit List included:

Student Union Bar

  • Q-SYS TSC-101-G3 High Definition Touch Screen Controller x 2
  • Q-SYS Core 610 Network Processor
  • Yamaha CZR10 x 8
  • Q-SYS CXQ4K8 8ch Amplifier
  • Sennheiser SL Handheld 865 DW3 Transmitter x 2
  • Sennheiser SL MCR 4 SL Radio mic receiver

Fitness Suite

  • Q-SYS AD-S8T
  • Ecler eSAM402 Analogue mixer
  • Q-SYS MP-A40V 4ch Amplifier

Student Union Social Hub

  • Q-SYS TSC-70-G3 High Definition Touch Screen Controller
  • AudioTechnica ES931 Gooseneck mic (cardioid)
  • Yamaha DZR10D Active speaker x 2
  • Yamaha DXS15XLF-D Active subwoofer x 2
  • Sennheiser SL Bodypack Lapel radio mic x 2
  • Sennheiser SL Handheld Handheld 865 DW3 Transmitter x 2
  • Sennheiser SL MCR 4 SL Radio mic receiver

PC Lab

  • Q-SYS AD_S8T x 2
  • Q-SYS TSC-101 G3 Touch Screen Controller
  • Q-SYS Core 610 Network processor
  • Q-SYS NV-32-H Network Video Endpoint x 14
  • Q-SYS NL-P4 pendant speakers x 10
  • Q-SYS NC-110 PoE PTZ Cameras x 10
  • Q-SYS NM-T1 table top microphones x 10
  • Sennheiser SL Bodypack mics x 2
  • Sennheiser SL Handheld transmitter
  • Q-SYS MC 12-80 PTZ Cameras

Seminar Rooms

  • Q-SYS TSC 50-G3 Touch Screen Controllers x 7
  • Q-SYS NV-32-H Network Video Endpoint x 7
  • Q-SYS NL-P4 Pendant Speaker x 7
  • Q-SYS NC-110 PoE PTX camera x 7
  • Q-SYS NM-T1 Table top microphone x 7
  • Q-SYS AD-68T x 2
  • Q-SYS AD-S6T x 4 pairs
  • Williams Sound IR T2-02 IR transmitter
  • Williams Sound IR RX22-NKL 4ch receivers x 6
  • Williams SOund HED 021 headphone
  • Sennheiser SL bodypack mic
  • Sennheiser SL Handheld
  • Sennheiser SL MCR 2 receiver uc
  • Shure MXA710 ceiling array microphone
  • Sennheiser MZH3015 gooseneck mic x 2
  • Ampetronic C5-2D multiloop driver
  • Ampetronic TILR03+ induction loop receiver