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Ochiltree Community Hub the new community center in ochiltree

Ochiltree Community Hub

Its always an honor to have someone refer you to one of their clients. In this case with Ochiltree’s Community  Hub, that’s exactly what happened. A colleague with whom we have grown to become good friends over the years was involved at the earliest stages of this project and introduced Lairds to the charity. A massive thanks to Chris at Rakkaus.

Ochiltree community hub was born from the Charity formed in 2014 to improve and build on a strong community bond with a clear aim. Ultimately, a place to build on their initiatives, health, fitness, education and more.

Lairds Demonstration Facility

To begin, we initially invited the committee to our Dundonald demonstration facility to wow them with our wonderful technology. Myself and Jo working as a team, I get excited, show them all the gadgets and how they work, Jo calms me down and translates my gibberish into legible English!

The aim was to provide multiple multimedia enabled spaces that are flexible enough to change the purpose of any room with minimal notice and to have a state of the art cinema for the community to enjoy the latest movies and audio with the best clarity possible within the budget.

After an enjoyable, lengthy discussion, the design schematics were provided to the main contractor Ashleigh Building on approval of the Hub committee. Ashleigh Building are a main contractor, established in 2001 based in Prestwick and Dumfries.

The Contract.

Next, Ochiltree Community Hub contracted us to work with Ashleigh Building to design and install the infrastructure for a multi zone media enabled building including cinema space.  On completion of this stage we were to install the final products, configure for operation and provide continuing support for the facility and its patrons.

Projector Challenges

No project comes without its challenges. The main hall was a high ceiling gymnasium type hall. As a result of the size of these halls, they are notorious for sound reflection and echo. Plus, as this was to be a multipurpose hall, we had to ensure the security of the equipment. The hall would be divided into two working spaces so effectively, it would be three rooms in all, with the partition wall being one third of the way down the hall.

The challenge that then arose here, was the throw distance for the projector. There is a projection distance limit where the requirements for a projector will result in a significant increase in cost. This was the distance from the screen and the amount of light needed to give a satisfactory image brightness in the room. With some further discussion it was decided to switch the main cinema area round and have the room partitioned with the cinema space in the smaller room. Should capacity be increased the partition doors would be opened.

Sound System Challenges

We initially recommended an in wall surround sound system with protective covers for the space, however the environmental requirements for insulation and protection dictated that we had to use a surface mounted alternative. We selected the Sonance mariner series speakers for this purpose. They are superbly designed and extremely robust. Lastly, The space was furnished by 7.1 surround sound setup with the rear channels switched to allow for the flexibility of the second room.

We furnished the second larger room with a pair of Sonance Mariner speakers each side, giving a deeper response. We set them up on a switch so the rear channels for the surround sound for the bigger room. The sound reflection in the room was then overcome by using paneling round the hall.

We overcome our challenges and stayed within budget.

The extras.

Over the course of the project, there were a few extras thrown in such as additional control for audio zones, PA speaker input zones and more. All of which were available due to the well designed infrastructure.

Lastly, the ceiling in the café area has a low ceiling portion at the entrance and a high vaulted ceiling over the eating area. Meanwhile, we looked to have in ceiling 4” speakers and Gallo Acoustic pendant speakers in Chrome to give a level audio field.

Lairds Recommendations during the design process.

Lairds technology recommendations included:

  • Video distribution system. As a result of installing this, it would provide video to the two conference rooms, the café area and the projection system in the main hall.
  • Multi room Audio giving four completely independent spaces of audio. Complete with online streaming services to each zone.
  • IPCCTV security for the property with remote access and automatic offsite backups.
  • Network controllable Heating and HVAC system capability.
  • Industry High Volume and throughput Wifi suitable for a busy multimedia space.
  • Cinema Audio, projection and electrically operated screen. Included is the subzone necessary for the partitioned room.
  • Multizone audio sources. As a result, this gives the client the ability to have separate sources playing in each zone. Complete with a staff friendly volume control with the management level over all control available.
  • Remote Administration interface which allows Lairds Technicians to monitor and support the overall health of the facility and its network.
  • PA Speakers and mixing desk for the Main hall that allows for extra flexibility for events. Wireless microphone system.
  • Multiple Network and audio input points in the main hall to add extra flexibility to the space for future use and expansion.
  • A HDBaseT sender receiver to give the clients a local input for projection in the main hall.
  • Lastly, robust Sonance Mariner Onwall Speakers for the main hall, colour coordinated Gallo Acoustics speakers for the café area atrium high ceiling, complemented by Sonance 4” speakers for the low ceiling area.

The Build

The Build began July 2018, Lairds were onsite when the site was watertight a few months later.

As always, our challenge was staying in front of the other tradesmen to make sure their jobs progressed on schedule. As a result, during the build flexibility was key. It was a delight to be able to choreograph this with the project managers from Ashleigh. Moreover, they knew they could contact us at short notice. Furthermore, we had the flexibility of being able to work in different areas of the building without detriment to other parts of the project. Having the flexibility meant that any technical difficulties or existing cable routes could be adjusted whenever required. For instance, we used High platforms and Cherry pickers. As a result, full H&S procedures and policies were adhered to over the course of the project.


Our infrastructure installation consisted of full Cat6 Gigabit Network. Six networked zones including;

  • Two meeting rooms and café.
  • Office environment, networked backbone to gigabit switch for main hall and the plantroom management system.

Lastly, this was then supported by a remote access monitoring system. The video system covered the two meeting rooms, Café digital signage display and the projector in the cinema room. Audio zones included the café area, 2 zones in the main hall and the patio area at the rear of the building.

The Systems and Equipment

Furniture by the amazing Rakkaus of Kilmarnock

Wyrestorm 4×4 HDBaseT 4k Video distribution Matrix

Sony Projector

Sonance Speakers Mariner & 4” in-ceiling

Gallo Acoustics Custom Built Pendant Speakers

110” Electric drop down projection screen


IPCCTV Cameras By Dahua

Ruckus Unleashed Wifi

Sony 4K Video displays.

QSC PA System with ipad controlled mixing desk.

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June 7, 2024

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