Hewshott was appointed by West Herts College to design and project manage a £1.2m audio visual package. Unlike commercial projects, university and college projects tend to be of a more specialist nature, with more elements than pure AV to co-ordinate. West Herts in particular had a number of complex areas including a theatre with lighting rigs on motorised hoists, theatre drapes, and the usual AV facilities including a full control system. Other areas included dance studios, music recording studios, TV studio, gym, teaching kitchens, cafeterias, TV distribution, as well as the more familiar environment of a Boardroom.
With the requirement for such diverse applications on one site, clients are often unsure how manage such a project. It has often been the case that perhaps their ICT department might take on the PM of a more typical AV based project, in conjunction with an AV contractor. However, in practice it is rare to find an AV contractor that has all the skill sets under one roof such as theatre, TV studios, recording studios, dance studios and AV.
However, Hewshott has now done exactly this for many clients, offering PM experience to deliver all the diverse AV aspects of a modern college. Co-ordination with the design team and the main building contractor to ensure that the enabling works for the AV are in place is also a major part of the PM role, and for the team to have a single point of contact to cover Requests For Information, Change Control documentation and Quality Control has proved a large benefit to the smooth running of the whole project.