Custom conference solution for Wirral’s Grade 2 listed council room
Televic’s experts in conferencing developed a custom solution to integrate a modern discussion system into Wirral Council’s Grade 2 listed historic council room.
Custom conferencing solution for Wirral’s Grade 2 listed council room
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, or simply Wirral Council, is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, Northwest England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Merseyside and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England. Spanning major settlements such as Birkenhead, Wallasey, Bebington, Heswall, Hoylake and West Kirby, Wirral metropolitan borough has a population of 321,238, and encompasses 60 square miles of the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula.
The challenge: how to bring modern conferencing technology into a listed building
Wirral Council holds its council meetings in a Grade 2 listed buildings council chamber. This means that, when the council set out to replace their old analog conferencing system by a digital one, the options were not unlimited. Some of the preservation orders dictated strict requirement for the new system to comply with.
For instance, no new holes could be cut in the historic furniture. This meant that the new conferencing system’s components would have to fit the existing pre-cut holes in the desks. Also, the sound amplification system had to be set up in a way that did not have visible impact on the room’s décor.
The answer: a custom digital conferencing solution
Integrator Public-i turned to Televic Conference to design a new system that lives up to modern standards in terms of audio quality, user-friendliness, and digital voting, but within the limitations mentioned above.
Televic supplied a custom Confidea flush mount system. The Confidea F range offers flush mount conference devices that are specifically developed to perfectly integrate into the conference room furniture. Thanks to its simple and sturdy design as well as exceptional audio quality, this selection of products enhances the intelligibility during meetings and debates and professionalizes the working environment for delegates.
The delegate stations feature a card reader and separate voting and mic activation buttons to fit the pre-made holes in the desks. The voting buttons were also color coded to assist members with their voting choices. Integrated cameras and display screens enable the display of vote results to the whole room and public gallery. The new digital meeting system is completed by Televic’s Cocon software to facilitate easy discussion management, identification, voting and signage display.
Wirral’s council members are impressed with the subtle and non-invasive blend of new technology into the old building. And they are very pleased with the improved audio quality and the advanced functions the system provides.
A spokesman of Integrator Public-I adds:
“Working with Televic Conference made it possible for us to deliver a high-end conference solution in a Grade 2 listed building. The council are very happy with the results and have since added Televic’s tabletop conference systems to their other meeting rooms and rely on Televic’s conference systems for all their council meetings. Coupled with our own streaming and archiving platform the council can now engage with the public and stream meetings for everyone to see and hear.”