About the Client
The public address and voice alarm (PAVA) system at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre had been in place for 22 years and there was concern that it wasn’t robust enough for the Centre’s evacuation strategy. As a result, the NEC Group which owns the ICC asked CBRE – its FM provider – to provide a new solution.
The ICC’s existing PAVA system had reached the end of its life, making it difficult to connect to other life systems. In addition, it was a closed protocol system which meant that it no longer met the venue’s needs as maintenance and system alterations could only be done by a small number of specialist contractors. What’s more, system control panels across the site panels had become obsolete and difficult to maintain.
Over the course of nine months and in a phased programme to minimise disruption to live events, CBRE replaced the existing system. This involved:
• installing a new Bosch Praesideo Digital system.
• setting up a high integrity fire rated fibre link between each of the equipment locations.
• providing new amplification for each of the 255 circuits across the site.
• fitting a new touchscreen control panel and emergency microphone in the security control room. The new system incorporated operational audio inputs from house managers panels, microphones, existing pro-sound and show relay input.
• replacing all loud speakers whilst keeping the existing cabling which was in good condition and still compliant with regulations.
The project was delivered on time and budget without any disruptions to the ICC’s busy schedule of events and conferences. The venue now has a flexible and robust system able to support the existing evacuation strategy and any future requirements.
“CBRE completed the project without any impact on any events taking place within the venue, and I could not fault the professionalism of the contractors installing the system. The project was planned, executed and completed excellently which is testament to CBRE’s projects team’s attention to detail.”
- Paul Male, NEC Group