World Museum Aquarium, Liverpool


NEC PA703UL Laser Projectors

NEC NP40ZL Lenses

Audac CENA 706 B ceiling speakers

Mezzo 322a 2 channel amplifier

Hive Media Players

World Museum is an award-winning museum in Liverpool, featuring extensive collections covering archaeology, ethnology, and the natural and physical sciences. Special attractions include the Natural History Centre, aquarium, and a planetarium.

The World Museum Aquarium was undergoing a wider refurbishment with the aim of providing visitors with a more immersive experience, utilising digital elements to create a sense of wonder in the oceans and convey conservation messaging. GVAV were pleased to be selected as the Audio Visual Solutions Integrator for this competitively tendered project, implementing audio visual technologies to complement the existing fascinating live marine exhibits.

To do

Telling the tales of life under the sea

The project required three large surface projection areas within the aquarium exhibition space, one large flat projection surface at the entrance and a further two within the aquarium, projected onto curved walls. Due to the limited space available in the aquarium, NEC PA703UL Laser Projectors coupled with NEC NP40ZL lenses were perfect for the task, offering a large image from a short throw distance, plus the excellent flexibility of adjustment to display the video content perfectly on the two curved walls.

To do

Easy and effective AV control

To deliver video content, the HIVE media player was selected. This is a solid-state network player, designed to run 24/7 with minimum heat production. The video content managed by the aquarium can be easily updated as required over the network or indeed anywhere in the world. For effective audio, each of the three zones had a Mezzo 322a 2 channel amplifier and a pair of Audac CENA 706 B ceiling speakers. Mezzo amplifiers were selected for not only their performance but their suitability to work in a humid, warm environment without the need for additional cooling. A separate volume controller was also installed to allow easy alteration of the volume if required for different events.

The unusual installation space provided unique challenges. Other contractors for the project had installed enclosures for the projectors, however due to heat built-up, the enclosures had to be remodelled, GVAV worked closely with the aquarium to safely rectify this before completing the installation.

A great final  sea-lution

GVAV were happy to contribute to this interesting and immersive project, which will bring educational fun to the many thousands of visitors to the aquarium for years to come. GVAV maintained a good and close working relationship with the client and other trades during the project. The customer was pleased with the results of the installation and the care and effort taken to ensure they could open on the planned date as scheduled.

Following appointment, GV provided a great service and support, ensuring the project was delivered on time within tight timescales. It was a collaborative effort to complete the installation on time. GV worked very well alongside the other contractors involved and ensured smooth delivery despite some challenges and tight timescale.”

Sadie Graham, Major Projects Officer 

National Museums Liverpool