The Firth Pavilion

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Read about our work with the The Firth Pavilion. The Victorian-style Seamill Hydro Hotel is the epitome of modern luxury. Nestled into the Ayshire countryside and overlooking the Isle of Arran in Scotland, Seamill Hydro Hotel offers the perfect backdrop for weddings and other special events.

This wonderfull project was featured in Essential Install Magazine was a finalist in the AV Awards and Showcased on RTI’s Global website.

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The family-owned hotel has undergone major renovations in the past decade to make the property even more spectacular. For instance, most recently, the hotel completed a $13 million construction project, building a wedding and conferencing venue on the property named the Firth Pavilion. Above all, the building was designed to encompass the most up-to-date technology whilst not compromising on the clean cut and classical theme of the facility. Thus,  creating one of the best wedding and event venues in the world.

The Firth Pavilion includes the richly appointed Glenashdale Bridal Suite. Further, fully stocked bars, two conference rooms, breakout rooms, a ceremony room, sales office, administrative office, kitchen, buffet area, and stage. Above all, everything in the space is designed to play off the stunning panoramic view of Ayrshire’s coastline and Arran’s mountain range. Along with attention to decorative details, technology plays a key role in the venue.  This includes high-end lighting, shading, video, audio, and security equipment. Consequently,  these systems called for a fully integrated control and automation system. Thus, The staff enhance the space through lighting, environment, and entertainment capabilities. With the goal of creating an incomparable space, the hotel owners envisioned a system capable of elegant automation that would make weddings and other events truly memorable.

Elegant Automation

Lairds of Troon, are well established with this hotel. After overseeing the integration of its Glen Rosa suite, we were subsequently tasked with designing a system that would provide intuitive control of the lighting and entertainment systems. Because of the successful installation of RTI control and automation systems within the Glen Rosa Suite, the integrator decided RTI was once again the right choice for the the Firth Pavilion. In addition to its ease of integration, RTI would allow Lairds of Troon to efficiently design a highly customised experience that the owners and staff could operate without a hitch during weddings and other events — events for which no detail can
afford to go mismanaged.

Based on the RTI XP-8s control processor, Lairds of Troon subsequently created a customised automation and control experience. With the control processor as the backbone of the RTI system, the owners and general manager have overall control of lighting. Moreover they control the Nuvo audio distribution system, WyreStorm video distribution system. In addition, the QMotion shades, an automatic door, and CCTV.

Lairds installed RTI KX2 and KX3 in-wall touch-panels and two-button RK1+ in-wall keypads in strategic locations. In other words, this provides convenient customised control. Some panels are programmed to offer limited control to the staff and public, while others are completely password protected to keep settings from being adjusted.

A Bit of Showmanship

The biggest priority for the system was creating an automated control sequence to create unforgettable bridal entrances. Therefore, using RTI’s Integration Designer® programming software, the integrator created a scene within the system.  For instance, where a touch of a button on a touch-panel automatically opens the ceremony door. Secondly, entrance music plays, and lights turn on in sequence. Lastly, The system is programmed to automatically open the shades and turn down the lights. This gives guests spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Despite driving complex, specifically timed events, the system is extremely easy for hotel staff to use.

“When the owners of Seamill Hydro Hotel shared their vision for this space, we knew every element had to be perfect,” said Mark Laird, founder of Lairds of Troon. “After experiencing the capabilities of RTI systems within the Glen Rosa suite, they really put their imaginations to work for the Firth Pavilion. Using RTI solutions, we could deliver the control and automation experience the owner envisioned. Therefore, the system allows technology to be integrated and controlled in a truly elegant  way. Consequently, this is a natural fit for the ambiance of such a grand venue and a magnificent landscape.”

“Using RTI, we could deliver the control and automation experience the owner envisioned. For example, we delivered an unforgettable experience for the wedding space as the bride enters the venue. Meanwhile, the door automatically opens, entrance music plays, and scene lighting turns on, all at the touch of a button.”


We chose products and partners based on the following criteria: First, we knew it would be reliable and high quality. Secondly, we knew the suppliers would share our vision and work ethics. Lastly, these products would fit the bill and let the client’s dreams come true.

1 XP-8s control processor

1 KX7 in-wall touchpanel for first floor foyer

3 KX3 in-wall touch panels for kitchen, green room, breakout room

2 KX2 in-wall touch panels for ceremony rooms, reception hall, and first floor foyer

3 RK1+ two-button controllers for bar and lounge bar

M&K Sound Surroundsound system in the Glenashdale Suite

Sonance speakers were used throughout the Firth Pavillion

Epson Laser Short throw projection

QMotion blinds

Automated Sliding door

Digital signage from Spinetix

Lastly, Commercial HD Screens From Sony]

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Magic Mirror Optics From VirtualOn

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Read about other work we’ve done at this stunning hotel and venue here and subsequently, the events we’ve helped out on here.

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