Hardwick Hall: Audio System rack design & build

Hardwick Hall’s newly developed Visitor Centre features a custom Audio Rack Build Design with Inter-M’s Audio Matrix system and Amplifiers

Location:    Derbyshire, UK
Client:          Hardwick Hall
Integrator:  Midland Communications

The Client:

Extra Care Bournville Gardens Retirement VillageThe National Trust’s historic Hardwick Hall has recently undergone a transformation of its Stableyard buildings to provide a ‘front of house’ welcome to the thousands of visitors attending each year; the development of a brand new Visitor Centre to provide information, retail and catering facilities.

System Requirements:

The newly developed Visitor Centre provides a starting point for all visitors to the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall and, therefore, delivering a pleasant acoustic enviroment paired with clear information via the PA was paramount to the development’s audio system design.

The Solution:

Professional audio installers - Midland Communications - were tasked with the project and, working in close partnership with CIE’s technical services team, designed a fully integrated Public Address and Background Music rackbuild system to provide zoned coverage both in the Visitor Centre and redeveloped Stable Block.

The resulting audio rack (built in-house by CIE’s Technical Services Team) provides Background Music (from an MCD15 CD Player) and Voice Paging distributed to 4 separate zones using the InterM PX8000 8x8 Audio Matrix.

The Rack is powered by InterM QD-4240 Quad Amplifiers with signals being transmitted between buildings via our unique SONET4 Audio-over-CAT5 cable Distribution System.


 - CIE Audio Rack Design & Build Service
 - InterM PX8000 8x8 Audio Matrix
 - InterM QD-4240 4 x 60W Quad Amplifiers
 - InterM OT-4240 4 x 60W 100v Transformers
 - MCD15 5 Disc CD Player with MP3
 - Clever Little Box SONET4 Cat5 Audio Distribution System - 4in/4out

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CIE AV Solutions is the leading UK supply partner for the Inter-M product range. Our expert team of system designers and specifiers would be happy to assist and advise with any IP or analogue IP project; please call the team on T. 0115 9770075 or email [email protected]

Products used in this project

Inter-M - PX8000 8 x 8 Audio Matrix
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Inter-M - OT-4240 60W 100v Transformer
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Clever Little Box - SONET4 Cat5 Audio Distribution System - 4in/4out
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