Dragon Hall is one of Norwich’s finest medieval buildings, built between 1427 and 1430. It is thought to be unique in Europe as the only trading hall to have been owned by one man – entrepreneur Robert Toppes.
The hall fell into decline after Toppes’ death, but it was magnificently restored in the 20th century. As one of the “Norwich Twelve” key historic buildings, it recently entered a new phase. In 2018 it became the National Centre for Writing – a unique cultural centre dedicated to creative writing and educational activities.
Prior to opening we put in a tender for a new audiovisual and communications systems. We drew on our experience, along with analysis of the space to design a sound system with digital mixing console which can also be operated remotely by a tablet. In keeping with the historic nature of the building, we recommended visually discreet portable and fixed loudspeakers.
Other features included a bespoke enclosed control desk, provision for video streaming, various wireless microphones, cabling and a hearing loop for assisted hearing. The timescale and budget for the project were tight, but we were successful in winning the tender process – based on our competitive pricing, expertise and experience.
The result is an integrated 21st century sound solution applied discreetly within a 15th century building.