One Birdcage Walk is regarded as one of London's architectural gems. The building has been home to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since opening its doors in 1899, and hosts an ongoing programme of events including technical conferences, seminars, workshops and social functions in its 16 meeting halls.
Recently, the Institute's main lecture theater was treated to a major upgrade of its audio systems, featuring a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16-R-II digitally steered array loudspeakers.
Systems integrator Insight Visual Systems worked together with in house AV technician Pete Coleman and UK suppliers Polar Audio to create a system that could address the venue's acoustical issues while having minimal impact on its historical aesthetics.
"Our existing system was approaching 20 years old, and we endured a constant battle with feedback when trying to achieve usable volume levels," says Coleman.
"The old system required constant adjustment throughout an event. The Iconyx system is a lot easier to work with. Once the levels are set and everything's in place that's it, we're free to concentrate on all the other demands of the event."
"We've been closely involved with a number of projects centered on the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx range," adds Polar Audio's head of installation, Stuart Leader. "In each case, Iconyx speakers have dramatically improved sound quality and intelligibility in some extremely challenging spaces.
"Very recently, we were delighted that Polar Audio and Renkus-Heinz were shortlisted in the Team of the Year category at PSNEurope's Pro Sound Awards in 2015 for our joint venture at Reading University's Great Hall. Just as with this project at Birdcage Walk, Iconyx speakers on that occasion overcame some very difficult acoustic conditions to the great satisfaction of the client."