Optimum hired the expertise of Protec, the technical production specialist, to supply bespoke sound and AV to Jaguar Land Rover’s Long Service Awards at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

This event, held over two nights, hosted more than 2,400 guests and celebrated employees who have given 25, 40, and even 50 years loyal service to the company.

Protec put together a bespoke audio and video package working alongside Christie Lites for the production, which included a corporate presentation, an awards ceremony, the showcasing of two new vehicles, live entertainment and a gala dinner.

Tony Butler, production manager at Optimum, said: “Protec have been fantastic on the most recent production for Optimum at the Ricoh Arena. From early planning and budgeting, all the way through the pre-production process and on-site delivery, the whole team have supported me superbly. I can’t thank them enough for making my job so much easier and the client’s reaction to the project says it all. A true bunch of dedicated professionals.”

Sean Godefroy, HOD of video, said: “Barco E2 was the ideal choice to handle the pixel space of all the content as there were 4k inputs and outputs and it is incredibly flexible in a show environment. We chose a 2.6mm Unilumin LED wall measuring 12 x 5m with a resolution of 4608 x 1920 flanked by two circular side screens using double stacked Barco 30k projectors to display camera feeds ensuring a vivid, sharp display. We also used two Panasonic 12k projectors for the relay screens projecting 16 x 9 content and one DSM monitor for the main presenter’s speech.”

Colour matching three different surfaces was a challenge easily overcome by Godefroy and his team. “Colour matching the screens was the difficult task as we had front-lit LED, the side screens were rear projection on short throw lenses fed via double stacked 30k HDF Barco projectors and the relay screens were single stacked front projection on long throw lenses fed via the client’s Panasonic 12ks – so there were three different surfaces and display machines. Trying to make them as uniform as possible is always a challenge but we planned it well and chose the right equipment.”

Ben Waters, Protec’s audio HOD, commented: “The client was looking for a punchy, clear system that both spoken word and a West End-styled performance were equally suited to. For this event we chose to put in L-Acoustics, using Kara for the main PA hangs, with flown SB18 and ground-stacked KS28 sub elements. As for outfills, we used ARCS Wide for the sides of the hall and we used more Kara to improve the dancefloor coverage as well. Along the thrust we used X8s as lip fills, and also put in some X8’s as near field monitors for the visiting engineer too, all powered off LA12X amps. To control the PA we used three Lake LM44 system processors to make sure the whole PA was all aligned and sounding sweet throughout.”

Charlie Speakman, director of Optimum, praised the Protec team for its dedicated support and exceptional delivery throughout the entire event process.

“My sincere thanks to everyone at Protec for delivering exceptional support. It is rare to find such a dedicated, professional and friendly team. At every step I had 100 per cent confidence that you would deliver a fantastic service, and I wasn’t disappointed!”