An Audiotek Project Case Study - Epsom Downs Racecourse
Epsom Downs Racecourse is unequivocally an iconic British landmark that has stood the test of time. This world-renowned location holds an incredible historical significance, dating back to the late 1700s when the very first Derby took place. The exciting atmosphere of the horse races attracts visitors from far and wide, and the venue has played host to some of the most famous names in racing history. Today, Epsom Downs continues to draw crowds and offer a stunning backdrop for various events, from weddings to corporate functions, however, this iconic venue needed an audio-visual overhaul to bring it into line with modern-day standards.
The challenge - installing a single, dual-control, easy-to-use audio-visual system.
The site had an existing combination of both audio and video systems, which had been modified over the last 20 years, but now needed rationalising into a single easy-to-use system. Our challenge was to find a single audio-visual system that was both reliable, and easy to use. The new system needed to provide top-quality service and remain ahead of the curve in terms of technological A/V innovation.
Project scope and equipment used.
This was a wide-ranging A/V project, to co-inside with a large investment along with refurbishment works at the racecourse. This ambitious project encompassed a comprehensive scope of work, from system design to installation and testing. To make this project a reality, state-of-the-art equipment was used. The team responsible for this project was focused on delivering the ultimate immersive audio-visual experience. With attention to detail and a focus on quality, the new A/V system delivers an unparalleled experience for Epsom Downs visitors. The equipment upgrades consisted of:
The old audio distribution system was replaced by a new QSC Q-SYS system to supply reliability. Our team worked hard to ensure that the installation of the QSC Q-SYS system ran seamlessly and that all the components were integrated perfectly. This allowed them to create a reliable, easy-to-use audio distribution network – perfect for an environment such as Epsom Downs where reliability, functionality and quality are paramount. On top of this, six new Martin Audio CDD-12WR speakers were supplied to add sound to areas which were previously troublesome on events such as the Epsom Derby.
The site originally had a combination of TVs fed from an RF system, and Plasma Monitors which were on a VGA-based system. All TVs were replaced by LG UE series TVs, along with both HD RF feeds of race day content, along with a Wyrestorm 100 Series AVoverIP system to all screens to allow streamed content of either the race day program or conferencing use with new HDMI and audio inputs in every room.
The End Result.
With every project, the ultimate test of success is the outcome. The question on everyone’s mind is, “Did it deliver what it promised?” The answer at Epsom is a resounding yes.
The new QSC-driven system at Epsom Downs Racecourse offers a powerful yet easy-to-use A/V solution for both conferencing events and race day operations – allowing a dual-purpose solution with efficient control, from one central point. This is a superb example of how a modern A/V system can support and enhance a wide range of activities taking place in one venue space. If your business or organisation is looking for an innovative A/V solution, contact us for more information.