Electro-Voice in lap of luxury at Coworth Park Hotel
May 11, 2011
Coworth Park, the new multi-million pound five-star hotel and spa in the Dorchester Collection, has opened in Berkshire, some 20 miles west of London, England. Set in 240 acres of picturesque parkland on the borders of Windsor Great Park, Coworth Park is reinventing the concept of the country house hotel for the 21st century. Its understated luxury facilities include the use of Electro-Voice loudspeakers, amplifiers, and processors in a venue-wide audio-visual design that combines creativity and flexibility with exceptional sound quality and consistent coverage.
CGA Integration, specialists in sound, lighting, and audio systems, has been working on the project design and installation for almost a year. A trusted supplier to Dorchester Collection hotels, Chris Gunton, MD of CGA, has specified EV components in almost all his designs, including the über-stylish bars and restaurants of the Dorchester Hotel in London.
“ Its understated luxury facilities include the use of Electro-Voice loudspeakers, amplifiers, and processors”
Coworth Park boasts a total of nine discreet yet linkable systems, matrixed with custom cable and aerial distribution systems stretching over 90 m back to central rack and processing centers. Four areas of the hotel complex rely heavily on background music and speech reinforcement systems, notably the public areas and event rooms in the Tower House, The Barn, the eco-luxury Spa at Coworth Park, and the main Mansion House. One of the jewels in the Coworth Park crown is the fine-dining restaurant, John Campbell at Coworth Park.
With the emphasis firmly on audio excellence the CGA Integration team prioritized the audio processing, using EV NetMax N8000 devices to combine local and shared inputs, and distribute the sound via EVID eight- and four-inch two-way ceiling systems. EV’s dedicated ceiling speaker calculator was a useful tool. Audio can be merged across the six principal rooms for flexibility and to handle larger events, so it takes three Netmax units to handle the main house systems.
For small-sized events and business functions, Coworth Park has the Tower House, a dedicated private events room. Providing the flexibility to match all the demands of creative event designers, CGA has designed another NetMax-controlled sound system, powered by an EV CPS 8.5 amplifier, using EV S-40 ultra-compact, two-way, 5.25“ short-throw cabinets finished in a custom color to match the décor.
“CGA Integration was scheduled into the build of this new venue, but it was still a challenge to accomplish delicate installation alongside multiple construction services,” says Chris Gunton. “The ranges of inputs, cross venue linking, custom link-ups, and bespoke entertainment all stretch the specification of a system that has to be a quality benchmark in all situations.”
Coworth Park’s complex system demonstrates the capability of IRIS-Net control and supervision software, which not only controlled the audio but all the AV functions as well. David Howe of Shuttlesound was closely involved in the programming to ensure all functions were included, and completed in compliance with the tight time schedule.
CGA Integration has achieved a high level of remote control and monitoring provision, which will pay dividends for Coworth Park in the long term. All amplifiers are standardized and connected on the CAN bus for remote control and setting. Because all the discrete areas are on the same VLAN, CGA can view them all from one connection, and even remotely access the settings. There is also a degree of future-proofing; the cabling infrastructure can be fitted at a future date with CobraNet or Dante cards, enabling audio to be shared between locations, such as Coworth Park and London.
CGA Integration Ltd
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