The Equestrian Stables – Clever Ass Case Study

These Equestrian Stables are part of an elite showjumping facility located in North Yorkshire. The renovated agricultural buildings, alongside newer constructions, benefit from a variety of modern technology that has been carefully designed installed and maintained by Clever Association, a London and Harrogate based technology consultancy. The carefully designed environment enhancing technologies throughout these impressive facilities have been recognised as some of the best in the world, winning ‘Best Special Project’ at the 2017 CEDIA awards.

The clients’ main requirements for the stables were to ensure both staff and visitors had the best possible experience whilst on site and any technology installed was in keeping with the interiors, ensuring it wouldn’t detract from the original character of the stables. As a growing business, the clients also wanted to be able to expand the technology systems at any point in the future with minimal disruption.

The biggest challenge of this project before any work had even started was the scale of the grounds. At a whopping 25.7 acres, Clever Association had to firstly design a robust wiring infrastructure that would span to key areas of the site and cater for any technology needs in the future.

Clever Association produced comprehensive AutoCAD duct layout plans for the site, working alongside the architect and building contractor to ensure routes were considered. Duct-grade multi-mode fibre-optic bundles were installed through those ducts, linking buildings together. Cisco managed Gigabit Ethernet switches were installed in Middle Atlantic equipment racks in each of the main buildings, acting as distribution points to locally hard-wired equipment, including ten Ruckus WiFi access points and the multi-room audio equipment. Two WiFi networks were set up on the system, one for staff and a second for visitors. Once the fibre-optic infrastructure was in place and the racks were installed in the key areas, the deployment of technology was straightforward.

A high performance computer network and a site wide telephony system were a must. Staff needed to be able to communicate with each other from anywhere within the grounds. An IP based Panasonic IP telephone system was installed, wired telephone handsets located in all working environments, Polycom Soundstations in meeting spaces and SIP licenses for staff smartphones to function as ‘extensions’ allowing everybody to be easily contactable across the facility.

Due to the large number of staff members, an intelligent IT system and reliable WiFi network were implemented to span all key areas. File servers, computers, software and conferencing equipment were also carefully considered as the stables has a number of busy offices that are in use daily. A rack mounted Synology file storage server was provided, so that staff could access and share content from around the site, on the desktop and laptop computers provided by Clever Association.

On the entertainment side, a Denon Heos multi-room audio system was selected to provide background music through the facilities. Intuitive ‘App’ control were included for all areas where staff spend longer periods of time, improving their working environment. As the Equestrian Stables often hold international showjumping and dressage competitions, quality background music systems were also implemented into the large riding arenas. Bowers & Wilkins weatherproof monitors were used in the stables and arena, where the environment was a little harsher. In-ceiling Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers were selected for the office environments for a more discrete solution. A total of nine audio zones were connected with some zones consisting of a large number of loudspeakers, Rotel multi-channel power amplifiers were used in those locations.

Televisions were installed in four key areas, with a centralised Sky+HD satellite receiver distributed to them via a DVB modulator, presenting it as a selectable channel alongside the standard Freeview line-up. This gave staff members and visitors the ability to watch showjumping events or other important events.

The main site office had a Lutron HomeWorks QS lighting control system installed, which makes the working environment much more luxurious. The type of customer that visits this facility expects a high quality experience from start to finish and the reception and meeting spaces were fitted out to reflect that. Also, the working hours at the facility can be long, working into the night is common practice and having the ability to dim lights to create a nicer working environment during the hours of darkness is an added bonus.

“The clients wanted to create an elite showjumping facility that would rival the finest in Europe which I feel we have helped them achieve.” says Richard Jones, Clever Association’s Managing Director “Our detailed design work and quality installation has been recognised as world class by CEDIA and as a company we are all very proud to have been a part of such an incredible project”. |

Kit List:

  • Denon Heos streaming amplifier
  • Denon Heao streamer
  • Bowers & Wilkins speakers
  • Samsung 40-inch LED TVs
  • 4x RTI T1B+ Handheld Remotes
  • Lutron lighting
  • GJD Detectors
  • Cisco PoE Switches
  • Ruckus Wireless Access Points
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