SRD Group helped Bennett Memorial School, a secondary school and sixth form in Tunbridge Wells, to install a new lighting and audio system in September 2020. The school is a long-term customer of SRD Hire, so SRD Projects was an obvious choice for the installation.
Bennett Memorial was founded in 1951 but opened its brand new Rochester Building in 2020. The new space is intended as a dedicated area for sixth form students with a separate library, a cafe and more. SRD was brought in to install lighting fixtures, sound and video equipment in the Rochester Building’s main hall space.
The school has since been appointed by the DFE as a teaching hub for Kent, and the lighting, audio and video facilities provided by SRD are key for delivering effective sessions in the hall. The hall also serves as a multifunction space for assemblies and drama with easy to use controls.
The SRD team installed two M290 goalpost trusses by Milos, with Chauvet EVE profiles and wash lights for the stage lighting. A Zero88 rig switch was used for power control, while a Chamsys QuickQ was set up to control all the fixtures. In addition, an Epson projector was installed in the space, to allow presentations and video for teaching hub training and assemblies.
For the PA system, Bose DesignMax speakers are driven from PowerSpace amplifiers, with EQ and speaker management from a ControlSpace DSP. A ControlSpace CC16 wall controller mounted into the equipment rack provides the user interface for the PA system. For larger events and drama productions, an Allen & Heath SQ5 console supplied with an AB168 stage rack allows the connection of mics on stage.
The SRD team also had to work around interruptions caused by Covid lockdowns in March 2020. They were back on site when restrictions eased, and delivered the system in time for the new school intake in September 2020.
Zia Rizai from Bennett Memorial School commented: “We were delighted with SRD’s work at the school. They were flexible enough to work on either side of the lockdown, and had a real attention to detail when installing our new equipment. Our new and returning sixth form students will benefit massively from the capability of the new AV equipment in the Rochester Building.”