Information on the Home Cinema award

Project: Clink Wharf – “my other home cinema room”

For some clients, one home cinema room just isn’t enough. This project already included a reference level, high-performance cinema space, but the customer also wanted a more relaxed and flexible big-screen viewing experience for entertaining, as well as high- performance audio.

As integrator Cornflake says, a dedicated home cinema space can be all-encompassing and immersive, which is ideal for a purist home cinema experience, but maybe not suitable for socialising. This large, open-plan space needed to be subtly fitted out with a flexible TV and projection combination.

All the AV equipment was installed in a centralised rack with UPS and power monitoring part of the whole- home integrated system. HVAC had to interface with Cornflake’s bespoke GUI Crestron automation system, but there were no other HVAC requirements for the space. Active cooling was provided to the centralised equipment rack, based on BTU calculation.

Unfortunately, the space wasn’t ideal for surround sound speakers, due to exposed brickwork and reduced ceiling depth, so Cornflake worked with the client to achieve the best ‘bang for buck’ front channel audio configuration.

A 16:9 projector screen was supplied, which was ideal for viewing sport — the client was an avid Aston Villa fan — as well as more casual everyday background viewing. Ambient light conditions were challenging — three of the four walls featured large windows, so automated blackout blinds were required for use with the projection system.