Chailey Heritage Foundation provides schooling and residential care for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments, and associated learning difficulties.
Chailey Heritage Foundation launched the D.R.E.A.M. Centre Appeal in 2016 with a £3.1m fundraising initiative and a plan to replace an ageing 1950’s assembly hall with a modern, purpose built indoor sports and activity centre that would allow young people, all of whom are in wheelchairs, to play indoor sports, take part in drama and musical performances, develop their balance through rebound therapy, learn to drive a powered wheelchair, and broaden their horizons through a state-of-the-art immersive experience zone.
North Star Engineers were awarded the supply and integration contract for D.R.E.A.M. Centre towards the end of the AV detailed design phase. Bluebox Attractions were responsible for system programming.
The new D.R.E.A.M. Centre provides state-of-the-art technological support, enabling young people to take control of their environment, create the audio and visual effects they want, and explore their feelings and dreams through the medium of sound and light.
It’s now an entirely configurable space – one that tells a story. Hoists, moving doors and special real-time effects with smart automation and live content create an experience that allows young people to be ‘transported’ virtually to different countries and experience the sights and sounds from around the world.
The cinema features an Epson EB-L1505UH 12K lumen WUXGA laser projector, with 5.1 channel audio system. There are hanging microphones positioned around the hall. A further ten Epson EB-L1505UH projectors are located around the stage areas, projecting onto the walls in a carefully designed display configuration by TEECOM with ultra-short throw lenses.