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2022 INTEGRATION AWARDS Hospitality
Visual Systems:
The Londoner
Visual Systems pulls off an impressive audiovisual system
comprising nearly 40,000 meters of AV/IP cabling.
By Amala Reddie
" THE LONDONER, " a boutique hotel built
in the heart of Leicester Square, is a truly
impressive property composed of 16 meticulously
curated floors. Representing an
investment of approximately £500 million,
the property showcases the contemporary
vision of celebrated designer Yabu Pushelberg.
It's a truly unique hotel, boasting
the deepest commercial basement in the
world. It's also centered on art that is not
only displayed inside the hotel but also on
the building.
The hotel also invested heavily into
technology including the audiovisual side
which covers all 16 floors. The AV network
within this new hotel comprises over
40,000 meters of AV/IP cabling, over 300
Bose professional speakers, and a stateof-the-art
ballroom installed with every
possible AV requirement and hardware
required to manage all events. These
include inhouse virtual and hybrid events,
nine future-proofed meeting rooms with VC
and building wide music system for BGM,
live music and DJ sets. Moreover, the hotel
has very green environmental credentials.
In fact, it exceeded the U.K. BREEAM (Building
Research Establishment Environmental
Assessment Method) certification and was
awarded 'Excellent' BREEAM rating. It uses
30% less carbon usage than regulations
demand along with energy saving lighting.
The Nordaq water system again reduces
carbon for deliveries and is a sustainable
solution for premium water. Visual Systems,
part of the Myriad Audio Visual Group, says
it received the project as it took the client's
environmental concerns into consideration.
According to the integration company, it
has served as the approved supplier to the
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group for a number of years. However, it still
had to go through the process of tendering
for this project as the customer contracted
an external team to manage and run the
project. As a result, the team was one of five
integrators bidding for this project.
The hotel team went through an extensive
vetting process and eventually awarded
the contract to Visual Systems. Nick Kalsi,
Edwardian technology consultant, remarks,
" I worked closely with Visual Systems on this
project and am so pleased with the design
and installation carried out, Visual Systems
have done a great job in provided us with
systems that are not only user friendly but
easy to maintain and future proof, this has
been a very difficult and long project for all
due to COVID-19 but we have come out of
it stronger with a product to be proud of,
the ballroom is unique in that we have every
item you may require for a high end event including
a spectacular Martin Lighting system
which just takes this area to another level.''
Scope of Project
The hotel's scale includes 350 bedrooms,
restaurants and lounges, rooftop bar,
underground spa and swimming pool, two
screening rooms as well as the star attraction
of the venue: a 680-seater ballroom
with an AV system including lighting and
projection for any size of event or award
dinner. The hotel wanted a state-of-the-art
facility, with a discreet, blending AV system.
Thus, Visual Systems designed and installed
a background music system which feeds all
areas of the hotel from a central point to distribute
music to all public areas, lift lobbies
etc. The speakers are also color matched so
they do not stand out and blend seamlessly
The Londoner features a vast AV network
of 40,000 meters of AV/IP cabling.
into the hotel's surroundings.
For event lighting, the team used Martin
and Avolite control. The entire system has
more than 40,000 meters of AV cabling
running throughout the building. The AV
system also uses the hotel's data infrastructure
with a number of VLANs to route
video and audio via Dante (Audio-over-IP)
& Video-over-IP throughout the building.
The integrators chose AMX to control all
system functions throughout the hotel and
video-over-IP routing via AMX SVSI N2400
AV-over-IP units. The VLANs were setup to
segregate or incorporate different areas
through the AMX control system software.
Visual Systems also supplied and installed
Bose speakers and hardware. Thus, the
system consists of more than 300 Bose professional
loudspeakers and arrays throughout
the venue, color matched to the hotel's
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