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Outernet London Wins Mondo-DR Award


London’s £1BN immersive entertainment complex Outernet, featuring audio supplied and installed by Solotech, has won the Multipurpose Venue category at the 2023 Mondo-DR Awards in Florida.


The Mondo-DR Awards recognise outstanding Audio Visual projects and installations around the globe. There are fifteen categories, ranging from Bars to Arenas, with judges assesing projects on their creative design, installation and implementation and ultimately the finished result.

Outernet is the most advanced immersive space in the world – at the heart of the district is The Now Building featuring 23,000 sq foot of floor to ceiling wrap around screens able to create never before seen digital experiences. Inside, visitors will find five different spaces including the main Now Building with a 14-metre-high atrium, the Now Arcade, the Now Venue Cinema Expansion, and two pop-up buildings, Pop 1 and Pop 2. The Now is one of the most exciting parts of Outernet, featuring a four-storey high LED wall as well as retractable walls, creating a flexible immersive space.

Solotech worked on Outernet from the outset, designing an audio solution as flexible as the complex itself. The audio infrastructure delivers exceptional fidelity for any application, from background mood music, through immersive audio in support of video, to live events and performances. A Q-Sys platform allows matrixing of audio, routing inputs to outputs and provides remote access for monitoring and fault diagnosis of the system.

Innovation has been key throughout the project, including the development of new products. For example, many of the loudspeakers are placed in gullies in the floor but no L-Acoustics sub woofer would fit in the space available. Solotech worked with the French manufacturer to develop the SB10i, a high performance subwoofer with an ultra low profile to fit in the available space, a product that is now commercially available in the L-Acoustics line-up.

Mike Whittaker, Chief Technology Officer for Outernet commented, “Early on we highlighted the benefits of the L-Acoustics product set and of a partner like Solotech. That triangular partnership has been key to the success of this project. Testimony to this is that we actually brought the costs down. When the Solotech team looked at the designs they were able to come up with a solution that performed as required but reduced the cost.

The Solotech team played a crucial role in the creation of the audio infrastructure for Outernet, contributing the technical insight and expertise to help bring this complex and stunning project to life. The result is an incredible example of what audio-visual innovation and expertise can deliver for clients and the public.

Dan Seal, Senior Business Development Manager at Solotech managed the project for the company: “Outernet was fantastic to be involved in: technically challenging and innovative, and the results speak for themselves. For our work to be recognised in a global award is an honour. Many thanks to the Outernet team, all our partners and fellow contractors who all helped bring the Outernet to reality.

The Mondo-DR Awards took place on 14th june at Ole Red in Orlando Florida.. Further details can be found here: https://mondodrawards.com/2023/

Read Solotech’s case study on Outernet here: https://www.solotech.com/uk/our-work/solotech-delivers-l-acoustic-l-isa-for-outernet/

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