University of Wolverhampton - The Marches Centre of Excellence, Angad Paul Building


Avocor 86" Interactive Screens

Panasonic PTZ Cameras

Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table

43" Iiyama Screens

TOPTEC Synergy Tables

Extron Pendent Speakers


The University of Wolverhampton is leading the way in skills and simulation facilities for healthcare practice. Last year GVAV completed an exciting project on the Sister Dora Building in the Walsall campus, featuring extensive new AV across a range of teaching rooms and labs. This innovative upgrade enables an engaging student experience with interprofessional learning using technological based practices. 

The Marches Centre of Excellence installation similarly required comprehensive new AV with additional advancements to optimise the refurbished learning spaces, including an immersive studio, Anatomage skills lab, collaborative space, social care lab and skills lab, as well as general classroom spaces.

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An Immersive AV Experience

The Immersive Studio is a feature point of the building. The installation by Immersive included an advanced triple projection system where all three are aligned to fill the width and height of the room walls, using short throw projectors for limited shadowing. This extensive display allows for a full immersive experience, ideal for student healthcare training, giving them a visual example of what real world work will look like. Outside of the Immersive solution, an Avocor 86” interactive screen on a height adjustable stand takes centre stage for presentation use, with the ability to view any of the Panasonic PTZ camera feeds from anywhere else in the building. The PTZ cameras work as an ideal solution to maximise the number of students who can view a session at one time by viewing from other rooms, particularly useful when social distancing in a COVID-19 environment.

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Next Level Medical Technology

The Anatomage Skills Lab was fitted with an Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table, it is the only fully segmented human 3D anatomy system in the market. The impressive technology enables students to visualise anatomy exactly as they would on fresh cadaver. To create an effective teaching space, the room features seven 43” Iiyama screens to show a live feed from the Anatomage table.

Flexible Teaching Spaces For Practical Learning

The collaborative teaching space was designed with flexibility in mind. Based on the University’s standard collaborative teaching spaces, featuring five tables, each with a small PC and a 49” Iiyama screen with its own Crestron control panel, one central lectern (Top-Tec Bravo) and an 86” Avocor screen as the main display. The flexible solution allows for as many different permutations as required, each table, for example, can operate as an individual or as part of a linked system, showing content from any of the screens.

As per the previous project, the social care lab features TOPTEC’s seven-seater synergy tables, fitted with 65” Iiyama screens for collaborative learning. The nine separate booths in the lab enables students the opportunity to simulate social care services by having mock social care calls that can be recorded for training purposes. Panopto was installed across the rooms to enable camera and microphone recording for students to playback and three teaching spaces featured Teams MTR systems including array microphones (Crestron UC-CX100-T, Shure MXA910, MXA710 & MXA310 ), Panasonic HE-UE4 cameras and Extron SF 3PT pendent speakers, all useful for those studying from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, the whole system has been designed to be as flexible as possible incorporating the latest technology in a cost-effective manner. Both sites (Sister Dora and Angad Paul) have connected facilities via a bespoke Teams interface, allowing for one to four content sources to be showcased to the other site and any camera and microphone in either building to be use as a broadcast device.

Basing this on the Teams platform allowed GVAV to manage the bandwidth of the communications system as it passes though the DMZ, this also have the advantage of having minimal ongoing cost as the licences for these are part of the University’s Microsoft Office 365 provision.