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UWE brings in ATG for Bristol City Campus facilities move

The University of the West of England (UWE) has completed the latest phase in the redevelopment of its three campuses in Bristol. The broadcast production and post-production facilities for the filmmaking, animation and photography courses have been moved into a new building in the city in a project overseen by systems integrator ATG Danmon.

A three-camera TV studio, sound control room, vision production gallery, two Avid Pro Tools dubbing rooms, two Blackmagic Design Resolve colour grading suites and a Foley space were moved from their old building to new premises in the UWE Bristol Bower Ashton Studios, which come under the City Campus.

ATG Danmon had to work round the building schedule, dismantling and removing the technical infrastructures and furniture in the nine days allocated before the previous studios building was demolished. These were then moved to the new site and installed over a four week period while construction work was in progress. "This required very careful management as it was vital everything was completed by the start of the new term," comments ATG Danmon engineer Jon Brewer. "We also took great care to ensure all equipment was fully protected against dust ingress."

The majority of the new cable enclosures were pre-built at ATG Danmon's base in Letchworth. This was done to reduce the amount of time spent on location by the installation team, which worked to specifications derived from wiring drawings of the previous UWE building. "Some additional equipment was also provided and integrated, including SDI to HDMI interfaces," adds Brewer.

"This fantastic space will see staff and students working on industry standard facilities to produce cutting-edge projects," comments Phil Chamberlain, head of department for film and journalism at UWE. "With all these creative disciplines under one roof it's going to be exciting to see what collaborations and innovations are generated. We certainly plan on making it a worthy addition to Bristol’s internationally-renowned creative industries."

The relocated facilities are available to all students on the City Campus, including those studying journalism, fine art, illustration and graphic design. A formal launch is due later in the academic year, with the redevelopment of UWE creative premises set to continue as part of a £37 million investment.

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