in the spotlight: VeloPark, Olympic Park

Background

The aftermath of the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games saw a massive resurgence in professional and popular interest in competitive sports. As a London 2012 Legacy venue with a vested interest in keeping the public spirit of the Games alive, Lee Valley VeloPark in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park caters for established and aspiring pro-cyclists and athletes as well as the general fitness public.

Challenge

We were enlisted to deliver the audio visual specification for the VeloStudio, a dual-purpose space furnished with Wattbike and Matrix Indoor cycles. Wattbike is the only professional indoor training solution endorsed by the UCI World Cycling Centre, and Matrix with its pioneering MyRide® console system enables instructors to deliver a range of sensational video-driven live and virtual workouts. The challenge was to ensure that the audio-visual solution was tailored to the distinct demands of each training zone, but also integrated and flexible enough for operators to simultaneously control.

Solution

The vital forward-motion video component of the cinematic Matrix MyRide® experience was met by a large format projection screen and HD projector, and three separate large format screens were installed for Wattbike’s own no-frills professional video content. Music is supplied in award-winning foreground sound quality by Bose RoomMatch® Utility Small-Format Loudspeakers, and subtle RGB LED lights trim the ceiling rafts to visually distinguish the zones. Synchronisable to the beat of the music, our creative lighting and a feature artwork and LED wall enable instructors to set the tone and intensity of every workout. And our proprietary Graphic User Interface provides instructors with simple and intuitive control of every feature of the audio, visual and lighting via an iPad in each zone.

Outcome

We knew that creative lighting would be an effective way to differentiate the studio space and unite the overarching audio-visual solution. By demonstrating the concept at the start of the project using 3D video technology, our specialists provided a gold-standard solution to the client’s needs; a practical and integrated audio-visual installation for a space where Olympic cycling dreams are made.

From the Customer

Hutchison-t were chosen to supply and fit out our brand new 'VeloStudio' with a full AV solution due to their experience in the field, seeing their kit in action and the value for money their solution offered – and Hutchison-t didn’t disappoint! The install looks and sounds fantastic with the lights really finishing the 'wow' factor. From the start of the process Hutchison-t were helpful, quick to respond and professional.

The final result is a studio that meets all of our requirements, gives us huge flexibility to run various programmes with differing needs and Hutchison-t have been great with the support they have offered since completion.

Justin Baker, Performance Officer - Parklands and Venues Justin Baker, Performance Officer - Parklands and Venues

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