Who was the client?

Founded in 1990, The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy with bases in London and New York. Working with clients that include FTSE100 multinationals, household names and public sector organisations across a range of industries, The Berkeley Partnership assists with the strategic development and transformation of businesses, helping them to achieve their most ambitious goals.

Last year, amid a period of sustained growth, the Partnership moved its UK office to new premises in Farringdon Street, London. Whilst maintaining the welcoming, inclusive and creative environment with which its clients were familiar, the new location provided more space and improved facilities. Communication is key to every aspect of the company’s business and Berkeley, in its new setting, wished to ensure that the best possible technology was deployed at Farringdon Street to support its operations.

What was the task?

MVS Audio Visual was engaged to supply all AV solutions across the new office. We were selected via a competitive tender process and were successful ahead of multiple AV integrators due to our knowledge, attention to detail and passion for what we do.

The Berkeley Partnership chose Zoom as their preferred UC platform across all users and meeting rooms and it was up to MVS to assist in the design and implementation of the appropriate Zoom Room hardware to support the great service that Zoom provides.

The rooms involved in the project were:

  • 4x Divisible Meeting Rooms
  • Large Town Hall Presentation Area
  • 7x Small meeting rooms
  • 2x Room Booking Overview Screens

How did we deliver the meeting room AV solution?

Before the final implementation was decided, MVS installed 2x trial Zoom Rooms at Berkeley Partnership’s previous office for testing and staff feedback ensuring the right meeting room solution was used in the new office. This was a great success and really helped the client make the right decision for their business.

The first area to be considered comprised two rooms, each separately accommodating 8-10 people, which could be opened up into a single, larger room. A further 2 rooms, each accommodating 12 people, could also be opened up into a large single boardroom seating up to 24 people plus extra standing. As well as being opened up into a single space, by means of a glass folding wall, the rooms opened up into the immediate space outside the room for use in town hall meetings, staff breakouts and large presentations accommodating around 100 people.

In the smaller of the divisible rooms, 1x BiampTCM-1 and 1x TCM EX Expansion microphones covered the space. Since each of the microphones only uses a single channel of AEC, it was possible to use the smallest Biamp DSP in the shape of the TesiraForte VT4 AVB to cover this area. In the larger divisible room, 2 x TCM-1 and 2 x TCM-1 EX covered the space. In this area the larger TesiraForte CI AVB unit covered not only the meeting room(s) but the adjacent ‘town hall’ space for the addition of further radio microphones and a background music system.

To complement the Biamp Audio equipment, MVS specified Bose professional amplification, speakers and subwoofers to ensure crystal clear audio reproduction for UC calls, presentation audio and for staff parties/other events.

The system in all divisible meeting rooms and town hall space was controlled via a Crestron TSW-760 touch screen for simple easy-to-use controls of the AV system. The client wanted to keep all control on the touchscreen to a minimum to avoid staff confusion, therefore, MVS also installed contact sensors in each of the folding doors, so, when activated they would send automated commands to the system to ensure staff could walk into the room and all the equipment “just works”. This was very well received by the team.

For 6 remaining small meeting or huddle rooms designed for groups of 2-6 people which required simplicity of use whilst maintaining audio quality, MVS created Zoom Rooms with Yamaha Revolabs FLX UC 500 USB Conference Phones, providing a simple table-top unit, with great microphone and speaker clarity for Zoom calls. Huddly Go USB cameras were used for a sharp image and wide angle view to ensure all participants are covered during meetings.

As with all Zoom Rooms, the user requires a tablet to control the system. MVS provided iPads for all room controllers to keep consistency across all rooms. In total the Berkeley Partnership have 11 operational Zoom Room licenses as well as licenses for all staff to use on their laptop/tablet/other devices.

The last meeting room AV items that we installed were two display screens around the office providing users with an overview of meeting room usage to enable staff to identify if meeting rooms are available.

Which products were used throughout the project?

  • BiampTCM-1 microphone
  • TCM EX Expansion microphone
  • TesiraForte VT4 AVB
  • Bose professional amplification, speakers and subwoofers
  • Crestron TSW-760 touch screen panel
  • Revolabs FLX UC 500 USB conference phones
  • Huddly Go USB cameras
  • iPads
  • Display screens

What was the result?

“It is great to see the usage of all meeting rooms has far exceeded all expectations, and all feedback from staff is how great they are and easy to use. At last check, the conferencing usage had increased over 150% from the previous office.

I have loved working with The Berkeley Partnership team during this project and moving forward as they have many similar company values to our own, and it felt like working with family on this project.” – Alistair Maher, Business Development Manager 



Customer: The Berkeley Partnership, London & New York
Categories: Meeting Room AV, Zoom Rooms
Skills: System Designs & Implementation

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