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DENMARK: Leading system integrator deploys Canford connection solutions at £236m BLOX Project

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From its headquarters in Hvidovre, just outside of Copenhagen, leading Danish systems integration company Enstall provides AV installation and infrastructure services for auditoriums, conference centres, theatres and concert halls.

Enstall and Canford panelsThe multi-disciplined company has previously completed a number of high-profile projects, including the Copenhagen Opera House, The Royal Danish Theatre, and the DR Concert hall which has undergone the most extensive transformation in its 250 year history over the past decade. 

More recently Enstall was asked to provide the AV infrastructure for the ground-breaking £236m BLOX project located in the centre of Copenhagen’s inner harbour.

Designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, BLOX represents one of the capital city’s newest major urban developments, and brings new life to a part of the harbour that had been deserted for years. The multi-purpose building is home to the Danish Architecture Centre and houses exhibition spaces, restaurants, urban spaces and fitness studios. 

Enstall and Canford installmentEnstall was tasked with providing an AV infrastructure that had to be ultra-reliable, but also capable of delivering maximum flexibility across large exhibition spaces.

Morten Lokken, Enstall’s Technical Director explains: “It was extra important that the electronics guaranteed good flexibility so that the room could be reconfigured and adapted to all types of exhibitions on short notice, and with minimal disruption.”

Enstall enlisted Canford to offer technical advice and practical engineering support. Together, the companies developed custom connection solutions for power, audio and fibre, designed to live up to the technical and aesthetic requirements of the project.

Canford manufactured and supplied over 100 boxes which were installed in both floor and ceiling to maximise flexibility.

Gavin Drake, Production Manager of Canford’s Metal Workshop concludes: “Morten approached Canford prior to IBC 2016 to ask if he could arrange a meeting at the show regarding a project they had won. He explained how Enstall needed our help to design and develop the specialist small enclosures and connection panels that would be required for the AV and power infrastructure.

Once at the show, Morten and I disappeared off to one of the restaurants - not for the food, but because it was the only place where the tables were big enough to look in detail at the project drawings Morten had brought with him.

There were a number of technical challenges to overcome. Everything, including the connectors, needed to be black and there was a specific requirement to have some of the boxes recess-mounted into ducting. We worked in partnership with Enstall and together were able to design, manufacture, source and deliver solutions which were cost-effective, practical and sympathetic to the site.”

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