Recognising that the needs of meeting and event hosts are
continually evolving, QHotels has teamed up with events production
company Universal Live, and Universal AV, to equip its conference
rooms with the very latest 'touch of a button' audio visual
The goal was to ensure that screens and audio within QHotels'
meeting rooms are capable of being operated at the touch of a
button, allowing hosts to focus on the content of their meeting,
rather than scrambling under desks to connect wires or amend
resolutions on projectors.
Universal Live provides QHotels with full technical production for
events and meetings taking place within its hotels. But for this
latest fixed installation, it turned to its sister company,
Universal AV, to come up with a bespoke solution for 30 different
rooms across the QHotels group, all of which vary in size and
Fixed LCD screens were installed in smaller meeting rooms and
projector screens fitted in larger conference spaces. A Barco
ClickShare wireless presentation system now also features in these
meeting rooms, allowing corporate guests to wirelessly connect
their laptop or tablet to the room's meeting screen with just one
button. This means delegates can flick from screen to screen
in the most efficient way.
The installation work was carried out by Universal AV technicians
and was carefully scheduled around each hotel's busy programme of
meetings, conferences and events to minimise disruption.
Each element involved a user testing stage, whereby QHotels'
corporate customers experimented with different options to ensure
the final technology installed was the best and most intuitive
solution to meet hosts' needs.
Extra care was also taken to ensure that the work was carried out
sensitively within QHotels' historic and listed buildings. For
example, at The Midland in Manchester the screen is disguised
within a gilded frame and has the appearance of a mirror when it's
not in use, to ensure that it doesn't detract from the hotel's
Elsewhere, trunking concealing cables has been hidden with a vinyl
wrap matching the room's wall covering or colour, ensuring
attention to detail was applied throughout.
Joanne Barratt, group operations manager for QHotels, said: "We
are always looking at ways to improve our audio visual offering and
Universal Live and Universal AV work very closely with us to ensure
we stay ahead of the market. Whilst we are introducing ClickShare
across our entire portfolio, we are also looking at what is likely
to follow. As technology is constantly evolving, so are our
Nick Fitzpatrick, managing director at Universal AV, added: "We
are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the supply of
integrated meeting room solutions. We have worked tirelessly with
Universal Live and a number of prestigious manufacturers to
demonstrate a range of solutions that could be implemented
throughout the luxury hotel chain.
"It was imperative that meeting room users were able to come into
the room and, at the touch of a button, connect to the installed
screens. The solution we implemented allows for this and is still
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