Sound and vision for Spalding

Bredbury-based StudioTech, who specialise in sound and light installations for the retail sector, have just completed a £75K project at Springfields, an outlet shopping centre and festival gardens in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

As part of £11 million worth of improvements to the centre and the creation of a new shopping mall, StudioTech joined forces with its sister company Unique Systems to create a bespoke lighting and sound system, plus a stunning sculpture, all of which have helped put the finishing touches to the new-look retail and entertainment centre.

The lighting scheme, which uses colour changing and white LEDs, is fully-controllable and allows the Springfields management team access to a wide range of preset settings as well as the ability to programme bespoke scenes for specific or seasonal events.

The specialist sound system engineered by Studiotech and installed by Unique Systems delivers lifelike music reproduction and exceptional speech quality. The newly installed fountains presented a challenge for the sound engineers who worked closely with the fountain manufacturers to ensure synchronicity between the sound and water displays.

To provide a focal point and meeting place, and paying homage to Spalding’s expertise in producing the highest quality floral bulbs, StudioTech designed, fabricated and installed a six-metre high, three-dimensional tulip with integral seating, lighting and planting.

Tim Ashley, from StudioTech, said: “The forward thinking and openness to new ideas and technology within the management team at Springfields presents a great opportunity for StudioTech to provide leading edge and innovative solutions. This has really helped to create a more enjoyable and interesting experience for all those who enjoy visiting Springfields.”

Springfields has over 160,000 square feet of retail space with brands such as Marks and Spencer, Clarks, Reebok, Cotton Traders, Virgin Cosmetics, Tula, Suits You, Lilley and Skinner, Game and many more all offering up to 75% off all year round.

Tracy Turnell, Marketing Manager at Springfields, said: “Considering the scale of the improvements we have made at Springfields in 2008, it was vital that we complemented this with first class lighting and sound systems that would delight visitors and underline our reputation as a modern and exciting place to visit.

“What StudioTech and its sister company Unique Systems have created work perfectly together and with the whole of the centre. The tulip-themed art installation sits perfectly here and StudioTech has really captured the Springfields atmosphere.”  

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