Project: New AV + Sound System for St Michael's Church, Newhaven
Sound Specialist: Sound Advice
Carpenter / Joiner: Peter Rogan Woodworking
Contract Sum: £24,945.00 + vat
Contract Type: JCT Minor Works 2016
The brief was to carry out a full upgrade to the sound system as well as providing a new AV system with automated screen and digital projector.
Considerable research was undertaken in order to arrive at the best solution including sound tests with the chosen specialist to select the correct loud speaker.
Since St Michaels is Listed Grade II*, a Faculty had to be submitted to the Chancellor which involved seeking comments / permission from four advisary bodies namely, HIstoric England, the Victorian Society, SPAB and the local Conservation Officer.
The new sound and mixer desk was designed so that it adapted a salvaged rear pew, the idea being to achieve a fairly seamless interior aesthetic, whilst keeping costs down to a minimum.
A tambour unit with a rolled oak top cover gives easy and secure access to the mixing desk itself.
Much thought was also given to the drop down screen so that it did not obscure the Norman Chancel arch whilst it was in the down position.
The location of the projector was carefully considered so that the 'keystone effect' was avoided and it was eventually decided to suspend it from one of the transverse beams.
Mini trunking and timber astragal mouldings / patrices were used to cover up the wiring both horizontally at high level, and vertically down the columns, with the mini trunking being sprayed to match the brown stain of the existing wood work.
The sound system was then fined tuned to suit the space / acoustics etc and the original speakers redeployed at gallery level.
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