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Audio Visual systems be delivered for a University actively undertaking full redevelopment across its campuses?


One of the largest universities in the UK with over 31,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, across campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Harlow and Peterborough. Besides formal degree education, ARU also provide a range of professional qualifications as well as part-time/continuing education.



In March 2010, we started with a contract for the £10 million Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) project; a new construction on the Rivermead campus in Chelmsford. The project required the design and installation of AV systems circumventing several technological and building space challenges.

The successful delivery on this project laid the foundation for a strong working relationship with the university. Since 2010, we have completed over fifteen AV commissions for both New Builds and Refurbishment contracts across four campuses; on projects of strategic importance in teaching space management, which demanded innovation in planning, systems design and engineering.


University Centre Building: 96 seat lecture theatre, i-Lab (an IT facility to encourage and inspire creative thought), rich media lecture recording systems, and conferencing facilities.

Investment: £9.3 million              Size: 2400 sq.m.

Eye Clinic: Anglia Ruskin University is one of the few universities in the UK to have established its own Eye Clinic, and we completed the teaching room and signage fit-out in 2012.

Cambridge Campus: design, supply, install and maintain the AV requirements for the new campus for Anglia Ruskin Faculty in Cambridge. The new development at Young Street includes clinical skills laboratories, mock hospital wards, operating theatre, and a 200 seat lecture theatre, lecture halls, and spaces for academic/support staff.

Investment: £9 million


We have also worked with Anglia Ruskin University on a series of refurbishment programmes, including:
2011- Ruskin Digital Gallery, Cambridge
2011- Guild House, Peterborough
2012- Fulbourn Hospital Campus, Fulbourn
2012- University Campus Peterborough
2012- Centrally Bookable Rooms AV Contract (Phase 1)
2013- David Building, Cambridge
2013- Lord Ashcroft Building, Cambridge
2013- Ragged School, Cambridge
2013- Centrally Bookable Rooms AV Contract (Phase 2)
2014- Centrally Bookable Rooms AV Contract (Phase 3)
2015- SuperLab

Ruskin Digital Gallery: First of its kind in UK

The gallery displays artwork both digitally as well as on gallery walls. To establish the gallery’s desired status, AV technology drawing on some of the industry’s latest innovations were installed. These include the world’s first 103″ 3D Full HD plasma screen imported from Japan specifically for the project. However, the challenge was achieving a seamless blend of AV technology (which was at the heart of the installation), with the period character of the building. Read Case Study.


One Lab. Four Separate Lectures. SimultaneouslyARU aimed at improving the student experience and reduce overcrowding in laboratories. Three laboratory spaces which required refurbishment were remodelled into large space and the AV system was designed and built to allow four separate lectures to be delivered, simultaneously for up to eighty students. Superlab allowed introduction of newer courses without investing in new building infrastructure and lower maintenance/operating costs compared to three separate refurbished labs. Read Case Study.

Centrally-bookable teaching spaces

The contract for 96 Centrally Bookable Rooms Contract were spilt into two phases to deliver within the short summer recess period. Phase one consisted of 67 rooms delivered during the summer recess of 2012, and 29 rooms in phase two during 2013. Planned collaboration between in-house operatives and project management allowed delivery within the short summer recess timescales.

While delivering projects ranging in their scale of complexity, the difference in our approach to projects lies at the heart of each project: long-term objectives of the client such that projects commissioned today serve as a strategic progression towards their realisation.

This makes us the ideal partner for large, geographically segmented sites such as Anglia Ruskin University. Besides the background and experience with projects, new-build or refurbishment, our specialism in delivering AV systems within the higher education space has given us a working understanding of the importance, and pressures of delivering contracts within budget, and in planning for minimum impact on staff and students alike.

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