Looking to create an incredible cycle studio vibe, UK based premium hotel chain Village Hotels chose an immersive solution.

The Project

Village Hotels partnered with Les Mills to offer THE TRIP™ to their guests across four of their locations in the UK. As the preferred technology partner for Les Mills, we were asked to install this immersive solution for the hotel chain.

The solution

We worked with Village Hotels to map out the requirements for each space. We ensured the right speakers were used for peak audio performance while complimenting the aesthetic components of the environment.

We lit the darkened, yet cinematic studio through the illumination of bike tiers, with floor-mounted diffused LED strips defining the different levels. We complimented this with encapsulated overhead RGB digital strips to extend the tunnel-effect produced by the video content into the studio.

The team at Village Hotels wanted control over the feature lighting to complement the content on screen. This was made possible through a custom integration between our proprietary lighting control interface and the Les Mills app.

The result

Village Hotels were first to leverage studio lighting for immersive fitness. The final result was a vision of powerful forward-motion video content and finely calibrated AV. 

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When the University of Strathclyde wanted to add a new cycle studio to their sprawling Strathclyde Sports facility, our AV projects team brought lighting, visual, control and connectivity technologies to create a personalised, electrifying class experience.

The university unveiled the sprawling facility back in 2021 and has since worked to deliver new and exciting spaces to cater to its growing number of members, students, and staff. The cycle studio is the latest addition in a long line of upcoming projects for the university.

“Hutchison Technologies took the idea in my mind and delivered a fully functional lighting system. We couldn’t be happier with the service.” – Iain McCormack | Learning Space Operations Manager

Strathclyde University briefed us to create a mesmerising indoor cycle experience, with future-proofing and flexibility built-in for other events they might host inside the studio. They asked us to focus on lighting, visuals, manual control tech, and backend software development that would connect all the systems together for ease of use.

When entering the studio, members are met by a 20-strong fleet of bikes, with chevron-style strip RBG digital lighting suspended overhead. The strips were installed at varying heights across the ceiling to create an uphill feel that mimics the virtual classes on the display upfront.

The front-facing wall features a bespoke mural dedicated to Strathclyde sport that the bikes look towards, with a purpose-built platform for instructors and equipment. RGB lighting lines the podium and synchronises with the other lighting in the space.

A series of spotlights and moving heads surround the studio, and provide additional lighting and feature effects, including a personalised University of Strathclyde logo beacon which travels around the room in a pre-determined trajectory.

The Uni of Strathclyde specifically requested MADRIX software to store and control the sequences and code, which runs through to the lighting server off the side of the studio. We can load any requested additional sequences remotely in-house, meaning the studio always has access to new sequences and programs with immediate effect.

Whilst planning out the space, our team knew they would have to work around the exposed vents in the ceiling, as well as plans for future placement of air conditioning units. To overcome this, the team lowered the lights on suspended cables, providing easy access for future installations and access to ceiling units. To ensure no pixel quality was lost due to the circuit lowering, the team added additional LED strips and a DMX decoder to provide a stronger signal.

When it came to installation, our project and engineering teams were praised for their innovative problem-solving, dedication to the project, and attention to detail throughout.

“Hutchison Technologies installation team were a joy to work with. Adapting to the challenges on site and stepping above and beyond to create a great space.” – Iain McCormack | Learning Space Operations Manager

Since launching the studio in the last few weeks, classes have seen a rise in popularity. We maintain an excellent relationship with the University and cannot wait to see what future projects they have for our team.

For the last few years, we have delivered a variety of lighting, audio, and visual installations across Aberdeen Sports Village. As their chosen AV partner, we have worked together to create environments that are both energizing and motivating clients to workout in.

The Vision

Aberdeen Sports Village is one of the top sport and exercise spaces in Scotland, offering an array of incredible indoor and outdoor facilities. The centre truly has something for everyone, from recreational exercisers to elite athletes.

The Project

Over the years of our partnership, Aberdeen Sports Village have looked to upgrade various spaces across their facilities to deliver inspirational environments. Our projects with the centre have included: creating the Les Mills Virtual Cycle Studio; integrating audio and lighting with MyZone for their central gym functional zone; optimizing the lighting and audio setup within their Sports and Conditioning studio for national athletes; as well as providing electronic access control points throughout the centre.

The Solution

Back in 2018, we designed immersive spin studio for Aberdeen Sports Village that combined the use of colorful LED lighting, in-ceiling speakers, and visual displays that all sync to deliver users a unique spin experience. All these elements are controlled by instructors using a central iPad control system that starts various sequences and allows for workouts to be launched manually or through digital class scheduling. That’s how we transformed this old storage cupboard into a unique Les Mills Virtual Cycle Studio – breathing life into a tired old space and increasing the availability of spin classes to ASV members. It goes to show that no matter what the size of the space, we can create a setup that betters the offering of your studio.

The next project took place on the main gym floor. Aberdeen Sport’s Village’s gym is used by a large number and variety of users, catering to both students and members of the public. In 2019, we were brought on board to introduce new audio and feature lighting solutions to create an energetic, open-plan, functional training zone. We combined various types of lighting solutions like RGB downlighters, COB lights, and Par Cans to dynamically illuminate the gym floor and training rig. To offer live workout feedback, two 55” Philips Displays with live-Myzone integrations were installed onto the training rig. By adding these energizing touches, the entire space was transformed into a motivating, modern training zone for all members.

As well as upgrading the functional training zone, we also updated their TV signal feed on their cardio zones, to ensure Aberdeen Sports Village were able to get the most out of their cardio equipment. We zoned the audio on the gym floor, so the perceived audio levels now remain consistent, regardless of background noise. The AV and lighting are controlled via a simple and intuitive iPad control solution. This allows audio levels and lighting colour, effect, brightness and speed to be adjusted by staff, giving them total, yet simple control of all the new technological features.

2022 brought a new wave of opportunities to upgrade, and of course we were excited to get involved. Aberdeen Sports Village were looking to create a space for their partnership with the Scottish Rugby Union to offer a space for team workouts and strength training. We transformed a secondary, underwhelming spin studio into a ‘Strength and Conditioning Studio’ that is fully equipped with surround LED lighting and cabinet speakers that are automated by a central digital interface and controlled by an access panel on the wall. This setup creates a dynamic and stimulating environment that inspires team members to push themselves within strength training.

Following the pandemic, Aberdeen Sports Village saw an explosion of new memberships and a substantial increase of students on the premises once in-person teaching resumed. To maintain security and membership tracking, we were approached to install and maintain electronic access control gates around the centre. Using a combination of access lanes, speed, and swing gates, we secured the full facility and now provide ongoing support by providing access keycards and other access tokens for the centre. Not only has this ensured security access across the site, but it has also allowed enhanced monitoring of member footfall at Aberdeen Sports Village – thus providing staff with valuable data on peak-times and hot-zones within the facility.

We look forward to what else our partnership with Aberdeen Sports Village will bring over the coming years.

Hutchison Technologies have made the process for creating a space seamless – from the design, the support, the ideas.. They are just excellent in all of these departments 

– Ludwik Metelski, Director of Business and Governance, Aberdeen Sports Village

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The Vision

When GymBox worked with Forty Eight Point One on the development of their new digital signage softwares, they asked us to come on board as their trusted AV partner to help advise on the integration with compatible hardware solutions. 

Our specialist team were asked to provide recommendations on touch screens that would support and augment the software that the client was programming throughout each location. We provided the client with a detailed specification outlining how we would approach this project, and suggested a system on each platform that would be compatible with the required Android systems – which in turn would pull through to the screens.    

The Project

Having provided and discussed the recommendations, we were brought on board to deliver the hardware and ensure compatibility between the screens and Forty Eight Point One’s software. We worked alongside them to bring solutions to various spaces throughout the facility, including within the main receptions and studio setups.   

The Solution

The original screens had been installed roughly fifteen years ago, and thus needed an upgrade. In order to maintain consistency of tech across the sites, our team tried to use as much of the same equipment as they could, and only replace the bare minimum. However, the company that had made the existing touchscreens no longer existed, therefore our team had to develop a solution for them to still be used and run the updates. Our team worked to develop new drivers in-house and made intrinsic code changes to change screen orientations. These changes were then adapted onsite to determine specific touchpoints, sensitivity, and optimum orientation of the screens for users.   

Throughout this process, our team communicated directly with Forty Eight Point One’s IT provider to ensure consistency and provide regular updates on any changes made. Each screen has its own Lennox PC on the back of the system through which Forty Eight Point One pushes new content to screens every night; refreshing and playing new content every morning. 

We often use bespoke alterations of hardware and software in our projects, in order to deliver a perfectly tailored result for our clients. Having the ability to make changes spontaneously in-house is one of our biggest strengths as a company. We can set up, test technologies, and programme systems before we take them on site. That way, the solutions will be ready to just ready to plug and play. Being able tackle all aspects internally is a huge advantage and sets us apart from other AV integrators within the industry – who usually require outsourced support for this type of work. 
  
Throughout this process, our team communicated directly with Forty Eight Point One’s IT provider to ensure consistency and provide regular updates on any changes made.  

Client feedback 

Since completing this project with Forty Eight Point One, we maintain an ongoing relationship by providing technical support as part of our aftercare. This includes upgrades to the technology, assisting with any tweaking to programming, and correcting any issues that could possibly come up.  


“Working with Hutchison Technologies has been great! The team has been extremely supportive throughout the project, responding quickly and reliably, and consistently going above and beyond to ensure everything ran according to plan. It’s been a pleasure to work with them and I’m looking forward to our next project together.” 
– Joseph Lion, CTO, Forty Eight Point One 

Hutchison Technologies created an immersive fitness studio experience for The Gym Group, making high quality and experiential group exercise accessible to the masses.
 
We used best-in-class audio-visual tech and custom-coded integrations with third-party operators to deliver a truly unique and engaging solution for The Gym Group’s members.

The Vision

The Gym Group had a vision to help their members blend at-home and in-gym workouts. They had recently partnered with Fiit, the #1 rated fitness app, to provide their members with access to a catalogue of high-quality on-demand fitness classes. This added an on-the-go element to their offering, and they next wanted to use the same content to create a unique group exercise fitness experience in their gyms.

Bringing an immersive fitness experience to their members that typically had only previously been available in high-end boutique gyms fitted perfectly with The Gym Group’s mission statement, ‘breaking down barriers to fitness for all’.

The Project

To deliver these unique classes in-house, The Gym Group required a virtual studio space that delivered an immersive fitness experience.

The key requirements were that the studio classes be a ‘destination’ experience that gives members a compelling reason to attend in-person; that their members should feel like they’re getting a premium experience; and that these new studios don’t remove useable gym space when not in use.

The Solution

To create a truly unique experience, we built custom-coded integrations which linked to Fiit’s API. This allowed the room’s lighting to mimic the changing lights in the studio where the original videos were recorded, giving members the impression of being in the same studio as the instructor.

To bring this all to life we installed an engaging audio-visual solution, including vertical strips of digital lighting tape and powerful Evoson WS speakers. A 4×4 grid of 49” video wall panels was used to broadcast life-size versions of the Fiit instructors into the studio.

An important part of the brief was that the studio space should be available for general gym use when classes are not scheduled. The Gym Group’s studio architect, Zynk, designed an open-backed space that physically opened the space for wider use. Hutchison Technologies configured the audio set-up so that it integrated with The Gym Group’s background music feed when not playing a Fiit class. This innovative combination of space and AV design made it a truly multi-purpose space.

In addition to this main studio concept, smaller Fiit “pods” were also designed and installed. These pods were configured for one or two people to do an on-demand workout class in a semi-enclosed private workout space in one of The Gym Group’s venues. The intention was to create a home workout away from home. Each pod has an iPad to choose your class, a tv screen to view and listen to the class and single colour LED feature lighting.

The Result

The Gym Group were ahead of the curve in delivering a truly innovative blending of home and in-studio fitness experiences that will become increasingly common in the post-Covid fitness world.

We helped them break down barriers for high-quality immersive group exercise classes; democratising something that had previously been found primarily in exclusive boutique fitness operators and making it accessible to low-cost gym members across the country.

This first installation wasn’t just a one-off concept. It has since been installed at two more sites and has been designed in a way that can easily scale across the rest of The Gym Group’s portfolio of gyms.

“Hutchison Technologies have helped us with our mission to break down barriers to fitness for all. We can now offer a previously exclusive immersive fitness experience in a low-cost gym environment. The way the in-room feature lighting and audio mirrors what’s happening in the FiiT class really gives the impression the instructor is in the room with you.”
Sarah Grime | Design and Development Manager, The Gym Group

What next?

Although classes are currently pre-recorded, the automation has been configured to also allow for instructors in Fiit’s HQ studio to be live broadcast into The Gym Group studios across the country in future. In these live broadcasts, the feature lighting would mirror the Fiit studio lighting in real-time.

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We’ve delivered a variety of technology integrations throughout Grangemouth Sports Complex, including their gym and Les Mills Immersive Spin studio.

The Vision

The Grangemouth Sports Complex team wanted to transform their existing spin studio into a Les Mills Immersive studio. Their vision was to create an energetic and motivating environment unlike anything else available to their members.

While we were originally brought on board to tackle the integration of wall-mounted speakers and below-ceiling perimeter lighting across the facility, the evolving nature of the project led to us delivering multiple bespoke AV solutions for their various studios, gym hall and pool facilities. First up; two adjoining fitness studios host regular group workouts of varying intensity, run by both live instructors and virtual Les Mills classes. An automated partition divides or combines these two spaces to create the right size venue for the class or event running at any one time.

The Project

We were initially introduced to the project via Alliance Leisure to support Workspace, the contractor managing the wider facility refurbishment, with our unique technology integration.

Our team was tasked with specifying, installing and configuring a variety of audio, visual, lighting, connectivity, control and automation technologies to enhance the Les Mills class experience.

In addition to making this a unique immersive space, the studio needed the versatility to also host non-immersive classes as well.

Another core requirement was that the solution had to be user-friendly for instructors and centrally controlled in from one-place to create a seamless workout environment.

The Solution

To transform their traditional studio space into an immersive spin experience we provided audio, visual, lighting, connectivity and control, and automation integrations.

Audio

We installed a distributed split stereo audio system throughout the studio to deliver a powerful soundscape. The speakers are suspended on dropped rods from the ceiling grid; carefully configured for the ceiling’s weight limitations.

Angled towards the central screen, users experience an immersed sound experience that helps focus attention on the visuals at the front of the room.

Lighting

The in-studio lighting is a combination of Xensio LED tape and spotlights, controlled using MADRIX software. We created a perimeter outline around the curved screen using Xensio orbits to create various effects, all controllable via an iPad.

There are multiple lighting pre-sets that allow instructors to turn the primary studio lights on or off, while keeping the spotlights either reactive or dimmed to fit the environment. Class modes can be selected during sessions to synchronise lighting effects to music or programmed workouts. These modes are not dependent on the Les Mills content running and can be used for independent sessions.

We developed a gradient lighting effect tailored to the main screen position to maximise image quality. This is as part of our lighting specifications we have with Les Mills, and it is a benchmark standard in all of their studios that we work on.

After recommending a tiered layout for the studio bikes to maximise occupancy, we provided larger LED strip lighting that runs across the room – acting not only as a visual lighting feature, but also providing additional safety lighting.

Projection

The projection setup distinguished this studio from other immersive studios. It’s a first of its kind integration for an immersive spin studio. The edge blending and content running on the platform is all bespoke to the project, and our team did 3D projection mapping in-house.

The focal point in the studio is a large, curved screen that covers almost the entirety of the back wall. It captures participants’ attention and draws them into the immersive experience.

To create this effect we installed two large Panasonic projectors that together cover this vast screen. The joins between the two projected images is seamless in positioning and pixel quality, with no disruption in viewing experience. 

Connectivity and Control

One of the key requirements was a user-friendly control system that can be operated without hassle by instructors who are not technology experts. We configured every piece of technology in the studio to be controlled using an iPad in the centre of the room where the instructor is typically positioned.

Automation

This was the first immersive studio to use the FitBox automation platform, which runs the class content. Running alongside the FitBox platform, our own in-house automation platform allows us to programme and trigger automated class commands.

The Result

The end result was a distinctive and memorable spin studio that quickly became a favourite amongst the local spin class community. Feedback from members has been incredibly positive, and the studio has been a fantastic addition to Grangemouth Sports Complex. 

We provide ongoing support and maintenance for the studio. As with all our installations, this immersive studio was designed with remote support in mind – as it’s typically the best way to monitor performance and quickest way to pro-actively resolve any issues.

For any occasion when an issue can’t be resolved via remote-access, our nationwide team of field engineers are always available to support the Grangemouth team in-person.

We also help the on-site team with any new audio and lighting configurations they want added. These kind of adjustments and attention to detail can make a big impact on how different classes are experienced, and are a big part of why people go to a Les Mills Immersive class.

Client feedback

Since the launch of the studio, we have heard nothing but positive feedback – from the client, to the partners we worked with, and the members that get to enjoy this studio. There has been a mass outpour of positivity across social media, and we cannot wait to see the studio continue to be used to its full potential.

Alliance’s Senior Business Development Manager, Jonny Curley, noted that our strong history working with Les Mills and Immersive Fitness was a testament to our partnership.

Jonny also stated that the ‘delivery onsite experience was excellent’, commending our team from throughout the install journey.

This reflects what we at Hutchison Technologies strive to provide; bespoke and integrated AV systems that create amazing experiences for both the client and their customers, guests or members. 

“Hutchison Technologies were the ideal partner for this project with their extensive experience in Immersive Fitness and the Les Mills products. This is the largest immersive screen we have installed to date. From the initial planning of the project to the delivery on site the experience was excellent and we look forward to working with Hutchison Technologies again in the future.”

Jonny Curley
Senior Business Development Manager – Scotland
Alliance Leisure

The University of Portsmouth were looking for cutting-edge audio, lighting, visual, and connectivity solutions for its state-of-the-art Ravelin Sports Centre, and Hutchison Technologies was on hand to deliver. Our team worked with construction experts Wates to develop the technologies and designs that fit the bill, resulting in one of the most spectacular higher education fitness facilities in the UK.

While we were originally brought on board to tackle the integration of wall-mounted speakers and below-ceiling perimeter lighting across the facility, the evolving nature of the project led to us delivering multiple bespoke AV solutions for their various studios, gym hall and pool facilities. First up; two adjoining fitness studios host regular group workouts of varying intensity, run by both live instructors and virtual Les Mills classes. An automated partition divides or combines these two spaces to create the right size venue for the class or event running at any one time.

We designed and integrated a control system accessible through user-friendly studio iPads, granting direct control over the visual content, lighting and audio in the class.

Because we installed all the AV, from the RGB strip lighting and end-to-end wall projectors, the instructor input sources and studio Evoson Peaksound cabinet speakers, we were able to provide complete control over the atmosphere in the space. We set up some pre-programmed custom settings for instructors to pick and choose from, but they can also use the iPad control panel to finetune the experience for their members.

In the larger, separate cycle studio, we provided a dual projection system with two large-scale projectors displaying class content onto the projection-painted back wall. We built a custom instructor podium at the centre of these two displays with movable iPad control for the instructor. A secondary wall-mounted iPad provides the same control functions as in the previous two fitness studios.

We also integrated some impactful feature lighting within the wood-panelled ceiling and beside the screens, in the form of RGBW tape which can be controlled alongside the main house lighting. These strips can be used independently from the rest of the studio or using sequences programmed remotely by our Technical Development team.

Ravelin Sports Centre at the University of Portsmouth has a large swimming pool for recreation, classes, and training sessions for which our team provided audio solutions to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and accessible experience. We installed a fully recessed IP-rated audio system behind the modern wood-slat ceiling, creating a well-camouflaged solutions that projects audio and protects the speakers from the high humidity.

Our team also installed an induction loop system in the viewing gallery of the pool, providing hearing assistance to hearing-impaired spectators. We installed a smaller sub-rack in a separate office to house local controllers and a mic system for the pool facilities. This means managers can switch between playing music from a local source, setting up microphones for events, and playing background music during recreational swim time, quickly and easily.

Finally, on the top floor of the building, there is the main multi-functional sports hall where the university sports teams and clubs meet to train. Split into 2 main functional zones, our team integrated 15 high-spec, large speakers suspended above the court ceiling.

These were designed and positioned to minimise echo within the facility, while maximising sound coverage across the space. Here too, our team built a sub-rack for local Bluetooth and AUX inputs which staff can use these to switch between standard background music, a local source, or microphones.

To maximise the effect of all the tech integrations in this facility, our team collaborated closely with the University of Portsmouth and Wates teams. The integration of the recessed ceiling lighting in the studios proved to be the most challenging integration.

Thankfully we love a challenge, and designed the specific solution that could accommodate the modern timber-clad ceiling and fit around the existing systems, hidden from the naked eye.

The result is an impressive, modern facility that provides members with seamless fitness and wellbeing experiences both for recreation and training. We continue to maintain a strong relationship with the University, providing regular maintenance checks and responsive support.

We created an integrated audio, visual and lighting solution to help London spin studio, static, create mind-blowing live cycling experiences.

“We found Hutchison Technologies to be a great AV partner. Through the design phase we worked together to produce a plan for an incredible studio AV system. They brought a depth of knowledge and experience that was truly next level.”
Ollie Chipp | Managing Director, static

Static

Static London is situated in the upmarket Nine Elms Lane. It is a premium indoor cycling studio for those who are looking to energise their body and mind. Static classes are all-encompassing, with graphics on screen that sync with the studio’s lighting, pulsing and reacting to the music, creating an experience comparable to a night out.

The Vision

Static were looking to create a unique and exceptional experience by offering the best spin classes in the market. To do so, they would equip their uniquely talented instructors with world class equipment and best-in-class AV and lighting.

The Solution

“Hutchison Technologies worked flexibly, allowing us to opt out of aspects that didn’t fit our vision and helped us incorporate bespoke elements and capacity for future upgrades.”
Ollie Chipp | Managing Director, static

Our team of engineers installed three Apart Marine speakers in the changing rooms and eight Apart OVO5t speakers throughout the reception area. This allows for brilliant background music to be played whilst members socialise, warm-up and cool-down before and after classes.

In the spin studio, we supplied two 86” Philips Displays on the front wall for displaying the smart training software, Spivi, and mind-bending audio-reactive graphics. This means members get real time performance data and interactive scenery through Spivi, as well as exciting visuals via Hutchison Technologies integrated software.

Our team installed a Martin Audio distributed audio systems with two 12” Martin Audio subwoofers installed in opposite corners to deliver weighty bass, ensuring ultimate vocal and audio clarity through split instructor vocals. With Bose digital signal processing controllers, the solution delivers balanced, impactful and motivating audio throughout the studio.

For the lighting, we integrated fourteen RGBW wash lights and four pin spotlights that point towards a mirror ball, creating a disco vibe when activated. We also installed four UV cannons and hazers to further emulate a nightclub vibe.

The AV and lighting solution is controlled via a simple and intuitive custom-built iPad interface. The rest of the kit is stowed safely in a locked AV rack, reducing the risk of unwanted tampering.

The result

We are thrilled to have been a part of this exciting project, helping static offer a premium indoor cycling concept that delivers an exceptional member experience.

“The Hutchison Technologies install team was superb and delivered on time, working with and around other contractor teams. Their post-install handover was great. Since the install there have been a few inevitable glitches with a system with bespoke design so many parts, but the support has been admirable in keeping us running and building in redundancy, so we always have a plan B!”
Ollie Chipp | Managing Director, static

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The Vision

Holmes Place, a premium fitness and wellness concept operating in Europe, were looking to launch a boutique brand of gyms that delivered high-intensity fitness classes to avid fitness fans, based in urban built-up cities. The space was to be distinctive against other city-based studios, and was to offer an energetic experience to members. The team wanted to shake the industry, and make waves by creating a unique atmosphere within the boutique fitness space. Thus, STORM was launched, with their flagship boutique located in central Berlin.  

The Project

Our team of specialists were approached to provide a variety of audio, lighting, and control technologies throughout their cycling studio within the boutique. With their vision of a sub-terranean escape and their wealth of expertise within the fitness industry, we provided an outline of how we would approach creating the setup using AV technology. We proposed a series of connected technologies centrally controlled via iPad for ease of access and usability for instructors. We partnered with Energym, a UK-based smart-tech fitness company providing clean-energy-generating fitness equipment, to bring unique fitness and technology solutions to this space. 

The Solution

We designed a cycle studio that combined the use of colourful lighting, including Digital LED tape and RGBW downlighters, and powerful fully-distributed Evoson Audio systems. The space is set up in a triangular formation, allowing members to experience a surround-sound setup during classes. Originally used as a cinema, the space had previously been acoustically treated to throw sound, with accompanying high ceilings that allow for echo-control and projected audio. Our team of specialist engineers were able to calculate the most efficient angles for the speakers that would give the best sound experience for members further away from the front of the class.

We combined various lighting solutions to create a frenetic workout environment, that could be both synchronised and manually controlled within the studio. When members first arrive, they are greeted by a unique lighting feature in the shape of a lightning bolt – symbolic of the brand persona. Using metal work fittings that ENSIGN designed, we installed LED lighting strips  The feature which was built using extrusions, and was a unique integration to deliver to the studio.  

From the doors to throughout the studio, LED strip lights line the walls and ceiling that synchronise with music playing during classes, creating a motivating and energetic atmosphere. Working alongside these effects is an oil-based haze machine which can be set up automatically or manually controlled by instructors throughout the workout.

The spin bikes are positioned across staggered levels from the centre to the back of the studio, and face onwards to the main instructor podium. From here, instructors can control all technologies through a centralised iPad system for maximum delivery and perspective of the classes.

This combination of technologies creates a stimulating environment that inspires members to push themselves within cycle classes. Since the successful installation and launch of STORM Berlin earlier this year, the setup has been very popular amongst visitors, and has literally taken social media by storm with plenty of content being shared showcasing the unique space. We maintain a strong relationship with Energym and STORM Boutiques, supporting in current and ongoing integrations. Our team are very excited to be involved with two very strong partners, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Partner Feedback

“Hutchison Technologies were the perfect partner for the STORM project, with them delivering an incredible, immersive experience that perfectly complements the premium, high-spec experience of our RE:GEN rides which feature within the cycle-studio.”

 Will Flint, CEO, Energym

JAB founders, George and Jamie, had a vision to create London’s first authentic boxing experience. Through a host of AV techniques, we helped them create that experience and take their boxing sessions to the next level.

Key features:

JAB

JAB is a boxing gym in central London, where members don’t work out, they train. Offering boxing sessions for complete beginners through to seasoned fighters, JAB focusses on transforming their member’s performance to a high level of athleticism.

The vision

With inspiration taken from boxing legends, Jamie and George set out to create the world’s first authentic boxing experience. They wanted to create a space where members would be motivated to train their hardest at every session. Their core values of Authenticity, Passion & Camaraderie helped them shape the vision for their London gym.

The challenge

Jamie and George had several problems to solve.

The studio featured a corridor leading from the reception area to the main class space which they wanted to turn into a ‘ring walk’. This walk should make their members feel they were heading into the fight of their lives.

To help create that authentic experience, they wanted their London studio to feature quality audio. They specified that their instructors had to be heard with maximum clarity over music of any volume.

Additionally, the gym was in a residential area with occupied flats above the gym. Residents could hear the audio clearly from four floors up, so JAB needed a solution that would allow the gym and residents to live in harmony.

The solution

Our team worked with Jamie and George from the outset to ensure we could deliver on their vision.

The audio

We installed a full, distributed Evoson audio system in the gym. PEAKSOUND™ WS8 cabinet loudspeakers were used throughout, with a dedicated set of speakers used for instructor vocals. This duet set-up ensured the highest clarity of speech, without diminishing the intensity of the music.

To ensure maximum audio output with minimum disruption to the neighbours, we worked with acousticians throughout and after the project. This allowed us to tweak the system carefully to find the perfect audio balance, allowing JAB to continue delivering impactful music with their classes.

Class playback

We designed a custom class playback system for JAB, allowing instructors to intuitively create and tailor their sessions.

Six screens were installed in the main class studio, which instructors can choose to display a timer, clock, logo, social media or class information. This can be changed at any time through the instructor UI panel to best suit how the instructor wants to run their class.

The ring walk

The ring walk became a core element of the gym. Incorporating video, music and light, it was designed to hype up members before they enter the class. We used a separate audio system to play motivational music, moving head lights for visual stimulus and a digital signage wall to display specially chosen videos.

JAB can start and end the ring walk from the reception desk, or from the instructor UI panel within the studio. The videos that are played on the digital signage wall are easily uploaded by JAB staff via the custom designed web interface. When not in use for the ring walk, the digital signage can show whatever content the JAB team choose.

The result

Using a range of AV solutions, we helped JAB deliver their unique and authentic boxing sessions. Their members now get a boxing experience they can get nowhere else.

Check out our other case studies to find out how we’ve supported more of our clients.

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Are you curious about the audio-visual and feature lighting trends that are set to make a splash in 2023? From 3D printing to virtual reality, the world of AV technology is evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers. Here’s a rundown of the top AV and feature lighting trends expected to make their mark in the coming year. Get up to speed on what to expect and be prepared to make the most of the exciting opportunities ahead.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been around for some time and is predicted to become more even prevalent in 2023. This technology allows users to experience immersive environments with the help of special headsets and software. AV companies are taking advantage of this technology by creating virtual reality experiences that are designed to provide users with a more engaging and interactive experience.

Examples of virtual reality being used in AV projects include creating virtual tours of museums, allowing visitors to experience the exhibits in a more interactive way; creating virtual concerts, allowing people to experience a live performance from the comfort of their own home; and creating virtual sports stadiums, allowing people to experience the excitement of a live match without leaving their house.

Motion Tracking & Gesture Control

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Motion tracking is also gaining popularity for personal and commercial AV & feature lighting installations. By using real-world movements, users can interact with objects in a virtual space through simple gestures. Motion tracking is expected to be even more common in 2023, and with gesture-based control, it has the potential to create even more impactful experiences.

For example, motion tracking can be used to allow users to control the audio-visual system with a simple wave of their hand. Similarly, gesture-based control can be used to allow users to control various parts of the installation with simple hand movements, such as zooming in and out of a picture or controlling the brightness of the lights. It can also allow members of the public to interact with an installation, adding a hugely engaging factor to otherwise straight-forward projection or visual display pieces.

Curved Video Walls and Bespoke Displays

Curved and bespoke-shaped video walls create a visually stunning effect, providing a more immersive experience for viewers, and are becoming an increasingly popular option for large-scale installations. LED displays offer a number of advantages over video walls and projection when it comes to creating bespoke displays.

LED displays are more energy-efficient, have a longer life, boast a higher contrast ratio and come in a wider range of colors. Plus, they can be configured to fit any space, giving you even more design flexibility and creative freedom. As such, LED displays are expected to be even more prominent in 2023 for AV professionals looking to create unique and engaging content for their customers.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality could also be popping up in more commercial installations. This technology allows users to experience 3D visuals that are overlaid onto their environment, creating a more immersive experience. AV companies are taking advantage of this technology by creating augmented reality experiences that are designed to provide users with an enhanced viewing experience. Sectors like retail, art exhibitions, and event management in particular are likely to see this technology become more available for them.

3D Printing

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3D printing is a revolutionary technology that is already making waves in the AV and feature lighting industry. This trend is predicted to become even more prominent in 2023, as more AV companies incorporate 3D printing into their designs. 3D printing allows for complex designs to be created quickly and cost-effectively, making it an ideal choice for AV professionals looking to create innovative and unique products.

Examples of 3D printing being used in AV lighting designs include creating custom fixtures, unique shapes, and intricate designs. 3D printing can also be used to create components that are too small or complex for traditional manufacturing processes. This technology is ideal for creating bespoke solutions that require one-off parts, without hiking up the price of manufacturing. Additionally, 3D printing has the potential to reduce costs and waste, as it eliminates the need for traditional moulding and machining.

Smart lighting

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Smart lighting is increasingly being used in commercial applications such as offices, retail spaces, and hospitality venues. It is set to continue its popularity in 2023, with features that offer improved energy efficiency, customisable lighting designs, and automated scheduling. Smart lighting can be tied in with other audiovisual technologies to create a more immersive experience for customers and employees alike.

Examples of smart lighting products include RGBW pixel strip lights, Bluetooth mesh lighting systems, intelligent lighting controllers, and smart lightbulbs. RGBW pixel strip lights are a great option for creating customisable lighting designs, as they allow users to control the color, brightness, and intensity of the lights.

Additionally, Bluetooth mesh lighting systems are great for large-scale installations, as they allow users to wirelessly control lights over a wide area. Intelligent lighting controllers make it easy for users to remotely program and control their lighting systems. By combining these with gesture-based control or other control solutions, you can create a truly forward-thinking AV and lighting setup.


The AV and feature lighting industry is constantly evolving and adapting to the changing needs of its users. With the emergence of new trends, 2023 is poised to be an exciting year for AV and feature lighting. From 3D printing to virtual reality, the possibilities are seemingly endless. By taking advantage of these trends, businesses in all industries can hugely impact their brand and customer experiences.

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