National Assembly for Wales

When the Senedd, the home of the National Assembly for Wales was opened in 2006, the technology installed in the Siambr - where Assembly Members meet for Plenary sessions, included the Televic conference system

Background:

Assembly Members have access to their computer systems at their seat in the Siambr and the system integrates with the conference and voting system, with results displayed on four plasma screens in the Siambr and on multi-media systems around the Senedd. Each Assembly Members’ desk required an in-built voting and conferencing panel, which the architects approved, working closely with Televic and the AV suppliers.

The Siambr is a large circular space at the heart of the National Assembly for Wales building in Cardiff Bay and is defined by the dramatic funnel form in the main roof. Below the funnel, the Siambr has a tiered floor. The timber desks are bespoke items of furniture, hand crafted from Welsh oak and discreetly integrating appropriate technical equipment, including the Televic audio control and voting system. The Siambr floor is timber and the walls at the lower level of the drum of the Siambr are clad in acoustic panels that facilitate the Siambr’s acoustic performance.

On the level above, the public viewing gallery is situated around the outer edges of the Siambr, separated from the Siambr itself, for security reasons, by the lower glazed portion of the funnel. This gallery seats 128 people, including press and there are 12 spaces for visitors who use wheelchairs. Some of the seating is in an elevated tier to maintain views into the Siambr.

Details:

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Date: 2006
  • Partners: IVC Media Ltd

 

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