CLIENT: Mabec Property

TECHNOLOGY: Home Cinema | Audio Video | IT Networks

PROJECT COST: £132,000

So called because of their close proximity and height these 1960’s office blocks were purchased by local investors to convert their use into student accommodation for 350 students across both sites with 2 dedicated cinema rooms and 6 communal breakout area’s

The Brief

We were approached by the client to provide Freeview and IT connection point in each of the 350 rooms along with Wi Fi throughout the entire building and the installation of TV’s in the communal area’s and the full cinema installation with touchscreen automation.

We would be responsible for the entire first fix of all cabling which would equate to over 50,000 km


Our team created CAD drawings for all infrastructure along with heatmaps for the Wi Fi to ensure consistent coverage throughout both developments.

For the cinema rooms it was decided early on within the design stage that all speakers were to be mounted within the ceiling to aid in minimal sound transfer.

A dedicated touchscreen would be installed in the wall of the cinema rooms to control the entire room including lighting, Control4 was a product of choice here as nothing gives a more simple user experience which with 350 potential customers this is exactly what was required – simple control.


A dedicated project manager was assigned to the project to ensure that deadlines along the way were achieved, the entire project needed completing in 9 months in time of the academic year, failure to hit the deadline would have meant the rooms were unable to be rented which was unthinkable

The running of 50,000 km of cable whilst working alongside other trades was challenging however not something we aren’t used to and were available some weekends in the challenging times in order to achieve deadlines.

All terminations were tested using Fluke test equipment to ensure network speeds exceeded expectations and the new Promax Ranger captured all readings for the Aerial system.


As fitted drawings, O+M Manuals and test certificates were all produced in line with current industry recommendations.

After Care

A full maintenance package is now in place to give confidence to the client that should any issues arise from our installation we are on site that same day to resolve.