Ron Cooke Hub

The Ron Cooke Hub is the University of York's stunning new centre for innovation and entrepreneurship. The building signifies the University's commitment to business engagement.

The Hub's Demonstration Space is an ambisonic immersive visualisation space, a 'Black Box' offering 360 degree projection and sound amplification. The project was commissioned by the University of York at the request of Professor David Howard, the Head of the Intelligent Systems Research Group's Audio Laboratory in the Department of Electronics.

The Brief

The space is designed to provide total immersion in sounds and images, creating an unusual sensory experience. The technical brief for the project was 'to create an environment that allowed interaction between sounds and images allowing for complete immersive visualisation.'

The project was developed and delivered in a collaborative approach. Universal AV were responsible for the integration and installation of the project, working alongside BMA consultants and a project team from the University of York.

The Solution

Four screen projection across the entire surface area of four walls, creating a 'projection box', using short throw optics and custom screen frames. The projection system is complemented by a 28 speaker 32 channel ambisonic audio system, including 4 sub bass speakers controlled from a MAC pro using MOTU converters.

Quotes

"The team from Universal performed efficiently and professionally throughout the deployment. They overcame the obstacles of a short time frame, integration with associated trades and management of expectations in an extremely impressive manner. The whole team came together on the project to ensure that the finished result far exceeded client expectation, well done!"

Richard McAuley, BMA LLP Audio Visual Consultant to the University of York.

"The project has been a real success; it is a project the university will be proud of for years to come. Universal AV should be proud to be a part of it."

David Roberts, Project Manager for the University of York.

Ron Cooke HubTech Spec

  • 4 x Custom Built Screen Frames (Provided by Powell Cinema Engineers)
  • VIDEO TERMINATION PANEL x 32
  • XLR TERMINATION PANEL
  • INSTALS XLR OUTLET PLATE AV06735
  • GENELEC 8050A POWERED SPEAKER x 28
  • GENELEC 7071A POWERED SUB x 4
  • SPECTRA DYNAMICS DEFLEX SHEET
  • VDC 101-346-001 XLR M-F CABLE
  • LINDY 27148 27U RACK CABINET
  • EMO 2U IEC MAINS DISTRIBUTION
  • PENN ELCOM R1194/3UK RACK SHELF
  • PANASONIC PT-DZ6700EL DLP PROJECTOR x 4
  • PANASONIC ET-DLE080 0.8~1.1:1 SHORT ZOOM LENS
  • TOP-TEC T-T 105CP1 CEILING PLATE
  • TOP-TEC T-T 105SDC200WH COLUMN
  • TOP-TEC T-T UPM-2 UNIVERSAL MOUNT

The Ron Cooke Hub was built with support from the European Regional Development Fund