From: Bar Magazine, The Annual 2009
  Date: Dec 2008


It is three years since Viba Sound first got involved with the £7 million refurbishment of the student bars at Queen Mary University of London, which was completed this autumn for the start of the new academic year. Director Peter Kellet says that being consultants from the start ensured that the sound, video and lighting systems were fully integrated with the rest of the scheme - something that could have been challenge with up to 70 other contractors working on the project. “We were the first contractor appointed after the architect, which was great;” he says.

As well as designing and installing the electrical tray, Viba Sound looked after the AV across three rooms, including plasma screens, a projection system with matrix switcher and 18 Nexo sub-base units. It also worked with digital screen media specialist Kaleidovision on the bar's video jukebox.

It has been a busy year for Viba Sound. It installed a sound system, including a live music system, for Paul Daly's new Roadtrip in Old Street, London, plus lighting and CCTV, as well as lighting, CCTV and AV for RG Leisure's Raw nightclub in Whitby, North Yorkshire, including a Nexo PS8 system and Bose systems in the VIP area. Other recent projects have included London's second Vendome, Volstead and Graphic Bar in Soho's Golden Square.

Kaleidovision has been working with a number of other operators to develop content, such as Regent Inns' Old Orleans chain. It has designed a library of screen media for Barracuda Group's 41 Varsity bars, focused on supporting its VCard loyalty scheme as well as other promotions. Kaleidovision account manager Heidi Thorpe says: “Essentially our job is to bring the place to life on screen, whether we are announcing free Wi-Fi in every Varsity or mimicking the flirty theme on the beer mats. It's all about creating an aspirational culture of glamour and celebrity:”

Kaleidovision has worked with other AV specialists, such as Green-i, on systems for venues operated by companies such as TCG - the acquisitions business behind branches of Henry's Bar and Cafe, Bar 38, Rat & Parrot and Baja. Green-i has also been busy installing AV systems for other operators this year, including two Living Rooms and Chilli White in Leeds.

Alongside IT services company Ideas Anvil, Green-i has also been working on the roll-out of the upmarket karaoke bar, Lucky Voice, both on its second stand-alone site in Islington, north London, and the concept's installation into Novus Leisure's Tiger Tigers in Cardiff and Manchester.

From: Bar Magazine, The Annual 2009

Photos: Viba Sound

Queen Mary University London Student Union
Queen Mary University London Student Union
Queen Mary University London Student Union



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