Van Damme Purple Series cabling from VDC was commissioned to ensure the audiovisual experience in Antwerp’s new Queen Elisabeth Hall was of the highest quality.
The new hall was designed by Manchester-based architects Simpson Haugh & Partners, and the acoustics of the hall, which is a classic shoe-box, were masterminded by Kirkegaard Associates, who also worked on the recently-refurbished Royal Festival Hall in London.
For the audio visual installation, the architects turned to Belgium based FACE. FACE is a full-service provider for the AV Industry. In turn, for the cabling FACE commissioned London’s VDC Trading which supplied many miles of Van Damme Purple Series 2pr, 4pr, and 8pr, and Van Damme 8 x 4.0mm LSZH speaker cable as well as Cat6 and YY cable for the data network.
FACE installed an impressive length of audio and lighting cable, adding up to over 100 kilometres in the main venue alone. They used all low smoke halogen-free Van Damme cable, supplied by VDC Trading, making this the first venue in Belgium using this kind of cabling, incorporating 180 connection boxes (with a specific design for each of them) in the building.
The whole network includes Cat6 ethernet cabling for the audio network, cue lights, DMX and intercom, making the whole installation future-proof – each element in the configuration has its specific cable colour.