Epson projection creates immersive therapy space

posted on Monday, 4th May 2020 by Steve May

Education  Pro AV 

Epson projector technology has been used to transform an outdated assembly hall into an inspirational creative centre for the Chailey Heritage Foundation, a leading charity for young people with complex neurodisabilities.

In an effort to improve the charity’s experiential offerings, staff at Chailey Heritage Foundation put together a brief to redevelop the centre’s somewhat dated assembly space into a leading-edge facility for sport, rebound therapy and the creative arts.

The idea was to create a multi-purpose area that could offer an immersive 4D experience, while allowing them to make more of the space they had available. With the help of architects and IT project management experts and the TEECOM technology design group, they created the Dream Centre.

Founded in 1903, and located in the village of North Chailey in East Sussex, the charity educates children from as young as two-and-a-half up to 19 from across the community and beyond; their mission is to give disabled children and young people every opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

The school accommodates 93 pupils, 25 young adults living in Futures Transition Service, and another 150 young people visiting their Life Skills Centre and Hub from the local community. Facilities include a gym, kitchen, multimedia suite and horse-riding arena.

The charity requested a built-in trampoline area, for rebound therapy, on one side of the Dream Centre stag,e and a dedicated experience space on the other. They also wanted projected surfaces that could serve as both a backdrop for a stage.

TEECOM was charged with procuring the right equipment for the Dream Centre, partnering with creative software design company, 7th Sense, for installation. The shopping list comprised media Server, video distribution and processing, audio lighting, control and projection.

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Epson’s pro AV expertise came to the fore. Twelve Epson EB-L1755U projectors and eleven ELPLX02 ultra-short throw lenses were ordered for the visual installation. These high brightness, 15,000 lumen brightness of the projectors enabled content to stand out even during the day, while the periscope style lenses enabled the projectors to produce floor-to-ceiling displays.

"The new Dream Centre was designed to enable young people to take control of their environment, create the audio and visual effects they want, and explore their feelings and dreams through the medium of sound and light,” explains Blair Parkin, Principal, EVP, TEECOM. “To achieve these effects, we chose an Epson EB-L1505UH 12K lumen WUXGA laser projector with 5.1 channel audio system. A further ten Epson EB-L1505UH projectors are located around the stage areas, projecting onto the walls in a carefully designed display configuration with ultra-short throw lenses."

"The response from the young people has been overwhelmingly positive, with new requests for content coming every day. We really couldn’t be happier..." 

Content Developer for Chailey Heritage Foundation Mark Elms, describes the new immersive space as astonishing. “We are now able to provide an incredibly wide range of new experiences for the children and young people here at Chailey Heritage Foundation. The response from the young people has been overwhelmingly positive, with new requests for content coming every day. We really couldn’t be happier with the final product.”

“The immersive 4D experience transports young people who can’t fly to the other side of the world, brings them underwater to swim with fishes, takes them to Egypt to see the pyramids and allows their imagination to take over,” says Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director at the Foundation. “The Dream Centre has become a focal part of our facilities and the youngsters and their families always leave smiling.”

A bit about Epson...

Epson's pioneering work brings you the most advanced projector technologies and innovative solutions. It puts you right at the centre of the digital home cinema experience.

Epson

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London Road

Hertfordshire

HP3 9TD

Tel: 07788 425881

Website: www.epson.co.uk

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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