Portcullis House

Portcullis House, Part of the Parliamentary Estate

Communications and Recording systems

Built over the London Underground’s Westminster station, Portcullis House accommodates 200 Members of Parliament and their staff. The first floor of the building comprises of 15 committee and conference rooms, each provided with state of the art audio visual facilities.

The architects working on the project were concerned that the aesthetics of the landmark building were not compromised by the introduction of numerous audio visual ‘gadgets’.

The 15 committee and conference rooms are provided with broadcast standard video cameras, video projectors with customised lenses, and motorized screens at each end of each room. Customised sound management systems provide both automatic and/or manual control of the sound enhancement and legal recording systems.

Audio and visual information is fed back to the separate audio and television control rooms via an underfloor cable network.

A sophisticated electronic signage system designed specifically for this project, displays precise information on the location of each committee/conference room within the building and details of meetings scheduled for each room.

Throughout the year, numerous meetings take place involving overseas visitors. To cater for these occasions, one of the committee rooms is provided with full simultaneous interpretation facilities.

Our close working relationship with the architects and the client, followed by in depth research, enabled us to meet all the requirements, most of which involved designing and commissioning customised conference units incorporating unique sound and management systems.