01.06.18

Anna Valley wins €4.5m digitisation contract at UK's Birmingham NEC

Birmingham NEC photo

AV company Anna Valley has been appointed to complete a digitisation programme for the National Exhibition Centre (the NEC) in the UK. The award of this multi-million-pound contract is the result of an extensive tender process spanning 18 months and including 12 competing integrators.

The Birmingham NEC welcomes 2.4 million visitors and over 39,000 exhibiting companies to over 500 events every year – ranging from exhibitions to conferences and live events – and is 80% larger than the UK’s next largest exhibition venue.

The new displa-ys are the start of a digital revolution which will transform the look and feel of the venue and wider campus to create an impactful on-site experience for the 7 million people who visit the wider NEC campus annually.
 
Site surveys were completed last year with the first step in the 18-month transformation beginning in January 2018.
 
“Contracts of this size don’t come along very often, so this is a real feather in our cap” said Anna Valley Integration Director, Nick Shaw. “The team has worked tirelessly to build our reputation, since the integration department’s launch in 2015, and this contract is testament to those efforts. 
 
Anna Valley is implementing digital solutions to the value of £4 million across the NEC arena to improve wayfinding, facilitate the delivery of advertising and information and help create an end-to-end experience for visitors.  The project is focused on screen provision but includes audio design, integration and annual servicing and maintenance. 

As the principal contractor and designer for the project, Anna Valley is responsible for all site activity, including the management of third-party electrical, steel fabrication, structural engineering and mount providers, amongst others. Project features include;
•    replacing the current NEC lightbox letters at the main entrance roundabout with a feature created from 170 square metres of Unilumin LED displays,
•    creating an immersive digital experience in the bridge link between the Birmingham train station and the NEC arena,
•    implementing the TriplePlay Content Management and IPTV solution to enable packaged and live content display and
•    integrating over 250 Samsung large format displays across the sites.