July 2017

dB Broadcast has completed a multi-phase upgrade to The Hospital Club’s Studio facilities in central London. The studio and control room support the latest 3G HD-SDI video format productions, and provide a future upgrade path to 4K.

The Hospital Club Studio is a centre for London’s creative community, located in Covent Garden. It offers state of the art studio facilities for live or pre-recorded productions for customers such as ITV, BBC, Sky and Channel 4, and houses a 2,700 ft² / 250 m² television studio, screening room, live performance space, lounges and gallery over seven floors.

dB Broadcast was selected to complete the high profile upgrade to the studio facilities to support the latest video formats, and this was planned in two phases. The time available to complete each phase was very tight in order to minimise downtime and impact on the busy studio schedule.

In the first phase, completed in just two weeks, the control room received an upgrade with HD and 4K-capable equipment, including Sony MVS7000 4M/E Production Switcher, Grass Valley Kaleido-X multiviewer with 5x NEC 55” displays. Lund Halsey was engaged to upgrade the technical furniture.

Phase two saw the subterranean studio facilities upgraded with 5x Sony HDC-2400 cameras, plus additional infrastructure to enable up to three additional cameras to be hired in, meaning the facility can be used for productions with up to eight cameras in total. Technical monitoring in the control room was upgraded with Sony PVM-A170 OLED professional grade monitors. The apparatus room was upgraded for SMPTE hybrid fibre cabling.

This phase was completed during a holiday period, and in time for productions to recommence just four weeks later.

“We are delighted with our new state of the art studio and control room upgrades”, said Samantha Dunlop, Head of Studios at The Hospital Club. “dB Broadcast has used its expertise to design and implement a facility that provides the best of today’s technology with the potential to adapt as standards change.”

“dB’s approach of assembling and thoroughly testing equipment on our own premises prior to shipping to site enabled us to minimise disruption to the client and to ensure a smooth introduction“, said Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director.