An education first at Sheffield Hallam 

Lecture Theatre

The Client 

Saville designed and installed a fully-tiled LED videowall, believed to be the first to be deployed in a UK university lecture theatre. It is a key element in a project at the new Charles Street development, covering the installation of AV facilities in more than sixty rooms spread across six floors. 

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the largest modern universities in the UK and one of the best performers in the sector in terms of sustainability. 

The Brief

The AV investment aims to improve the student experience and enhance the reputation of the University.

In addition to the lecture theatre and rooms, the project required digital signage systems for every landing, along with Group Study Zones and a 2x2 format 55” NEC videowall in the cafeteria area.

Double Academy Lectern

The Outcome

One of the main objectives was to create a change in teaching experience in the large lecture theatre with a focus on collaborative and group involvement and this has been achieved. 

The physical design limitations that this space placed on the technology have been met perfectly by the LED wall, demonstrated by sustained occupancy levels. 

Throughout the building, the environmental objectives have been addressed through the use of laser projection, low power interactive boards and smart sensor digital signage displays. 

In the Charles Street lecture theatre, the university wished to create a more active learning environment rather than something only suitable for pure didactic delivery.

Saville took up the challenge, proposing a bezel-less LED video wall and after three months in use, we are very pleased with the results. The quality of installation matches Saville’s usual professional standards and we expect many years of faithful service.

Martin Cooper, IT Support Services Manager

Digital Signage

The Solution

The main focus of the project was the large five metre wide, tiled LED videowall in the main lecture theatre - a ground-breaking indicator of future lecture theatre display trends.

The 2.6mm fine pitch digiLED iMAG2600 was selected for its stable colour management, innovative mechanical design, low power consumption and seamless screen surface. 

The digiLED solution was also unique in offering servicing access from the front, a necessity in this situation.

The system is managed by Crestron DMPS-300c control housed in a bespoke teaching lectern, along with a visualiser and Crestron Capture HD-PRO lecture capture system utilising two remote pan/tilt cameras.


In the classroom teaching spaces, triple zoned group working capability is provided by dual Panasonic laser hybrid projectors combined with a SMART 885i interactive board. System control is via Crestron located in a bespoke lectern complete with inbuilt PC and monitor plus stereo sound and IR hearing loop. 

Digital Signage

Digital signage screens are installed on each landing in custom built Quadra Media frames. Visitors to ‘the Deli” can keep up to date with the latest information and news via four 55” narrow bezel NEC screens in a 2x2 videowall format. Viewers experience 4K UHD content with crystal clear images controlled via an automatic sensor that tailors the brightness to suit the ambient light levels. High quality audio is supplied using a Renkus Heinz steerable array speaker system.

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Laboratory with visualiser
2 x 2 Videowall in the Deli
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