Blavatnik, Oxford University

The Blavatnik School of Government is part of the University of Oxford designed by award-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron. The building has exceptional environmental credentials and every aspect of its construction is aimed at discussion, interaction and collaboration. Its large flexible teaching space and lecture theatres can cater for the widest possible variety of conferences, seminars, presentations and group discussions.

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"Our experiences of installing Iconyx into some very acoustically challenging heritage sites left us in no doubt that it was the ideal solution for the school. Given that communication sits at the heart of the Blavatnik global vision, Iconyx is playing its own part in that respect by delivering audio clarity in a crucial area of the school's function"

1. The Objective

Naturally AV provision is an integral part of the infrastructure and the school consulted with audio-visual and acoustic consultants, Hewshott International with regard to suitable solutions. The school required audio provision for two large and identical Harvard-style lecture rooms. These horseshoe style lecture theatres are modelled to facilitate greater and closer interaction between lecturer and students and offer a completely different feel to the standard type of lecture room. A curved rear wall, metal-framed ceilings and wooden floors all conspired toward the creation of the sort of reverberant space that is so often the enemy of clearly intelligible audio.

POLAR concluded a Renkus-Heinz Iconyx AV solution to be the best way forward, while leading integrators Snelling Business Systems handled the installation.The brief for the system was that speakers were to be discreetly recessed into the presentation wall of each room, whilst providing the optimum acoustic coverage across the listening plane.

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2. Our Approach

2 x Iconyx IC-8-RII speakers were installed into each lecture room, their slim, low-profile design maintaining the room's aesthetic by merging easily into recesses. Controlled via software to create carefully focused beams of audio into the desired listening areas of the room and away from hard reflective surfaces, the Iconyx speakers minimise reverberance to deliver audio clarity exactly where it is required.

3. Outcomes

Steve Royans, Sales Manager at Snelling Business Systems:

"The School is very impressed with the qualities of the Iconyx speakers. They offer a clarity that is absolutely essential in this multi-faceted academic environment and achieve this in spite of the acoustic challenges presented by the rooms. Snelling Business Systems has a very strong ongoing relationship with POLAR and they were integral in the design process on this job - their assistance with the final commissioning was exceptional."

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