1, Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, is proud to announce that its products and systems have been used extensively within the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s new £90m Milton Court facility in London.
Offering aspiring musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians a creative and stimulating environment in which to develop as artists and professionals, Milton Court is a state-of-the-art teaching and performance building and, as such, it requires the best possible network infrastructure for its staff, students and visitors.
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Head of IT, Richard Antonel, was charged with overseeing the implementation of a network infrastructure that could provide the highest possible levels of performance and future proofing. He explained, ‘The scope was to install a high specification structured cabling system that would last in excess of 25 years. We decided to install 10Gbit/s to every outlet. After carrying out research I decided the Brand-Rex 10GPlus Category 6A system would offer the best combination of value, reliability and longevity.’
Chris Chandler, technical manager at Brand-Rex, who advised on the system design commented, ‘For this environment a shielded foil twisted pair (F/FTP) low smoke zero halogen (LSOH) cable was the most appropriate option due to the quantity of electrical services in the building that could cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). Over 150km of it was used to configure 2,000 10GBASE-T channels and, in addition, singlemode (OS2) and multimode (OM4) optical fibre from our FibrePlus range has been used in the campus wide area network (WAN) and internal backbones respectively.’
A truly converged multimedia environment, as well as running data, voice and video conferencing applications, the IT infrastructure at Milton Court has to be able to handle the many radio and TV broadcasts that will be made from the new facilities as well as supporting the Guildhall’s recording studios for sound and video. It will also facilitate a large digital signage system, as well as wireless networking to accommodate the increasing preference for ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) functionality amongst students. It is also used to network a building management system (BMS) that operates access control, CCTV, and heating and ventilation.
As a third party tested and approved cabling system, 10GPlus not only meets and exceeds the performance outlined in EIA/TIA for Category 6A, but also meets and exceeds requirements in ISO/IEC for Class EA. The 10GPlus system therefore has unparalleled levels of certification and is manufactured in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2008.
Antonel is confident that Milton Court’s communications infrastructure will fully support the technologies of the future. He concluded, ‘Milton Court will open in September and I know that its network infrastructure will perfectly complement and enhance the outstanding quality of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s training and the success of its graduates.’
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About the Guildhall School
The Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the heart of the City of London. Rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with nearly 900 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world. It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians. The School is widely recognised for the quality of its teaching and its graduates, and the new building, Milton Court, will offer state-of-the-art facilities to match the talent within its walls, ensuring that students enter their chosen profession at the highest level.
Milton Court will have a new 608-seat concert hall plus two theatres (227- seat and studio), three rehearsal rooms, television studio suite, departments for costume, wigs and make-up, office space, tutorial rooms and public foyers. This will allow the School to offer facilities commensurate with those in the profession, helping to attract the most highly regarded teachers and best students internationally. The total cost of Milton Court is £89 million. The two foundation donors are Heron International and the City of London, and together they have generously provided a combined contribution of £75 million. The School is raising the remaining £13.5 million to fully equip the building to the highest professional standards.
With the opening of Milton Court the cultural quarter in the heart of the City of London will stretch from the School’s two buildings and the Barbican on Silk Street up to the Barbican’s two new cinemas, and northwards to LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, offering a richly varied range of venues and performances spaces. The Milton Court Concert Hall will also be used by the Barbican’s two new Associate Ensembles – the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia – where part of their Barbican season performances will take place, for Barbican classical and contemporary own promotions and commercial hire, as well as for Creative Learning, the Barbican’s joint outreach division with the School.
Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com