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New technology installed at Sandy Park
Posted on: January 28th 2019
Section: Member news


Photo Credit: Exeter Rugby Club/JMP PhotographyGetting the right message across has never been so important, hence the significant investment Sandy Park has put into installing new state-of-the-art facilities for those heading to the popular Exeter venue for meetings, conferences and exhibitions.

As well as being one of the South West’s most accessible conference centres, with its convenient location by junction 30 of the M5 and Exeter International Airport, Sandy Park is aiming to be known as the most technologically advanced.

Working with main Exeter Chiefs sponsor, swcomms, the extensive makeover has further cemented Sandy Park, Exeter and Devon as a leading destination for business tourism.

Brian Lodge, Managing Director of swcomms, said:

“We have worked with Sandy Park since it opened in 2006. Since then, we have given our advice on the latest advancements in audio and video technology which could be used to enhance the delegate experience to help set Sandy Park apart from other conference facilities.”

As part of the recent technical upgrade, the venue’s biggest room, the Exeter Suite, has been fitted with a high definition camera, allowing speakers or other activities to be displayed across the screens both in the Exeter Suite and throughout the building.

In addition, the screens in Sandy Park’s Exeter, Estuary, County and Chiefs suites have all been upgraded to new Panasonic Solid Shine laser projectors with 4m x 2.25m screens, with new plasma TV screens also installed into each of the rooms, ensuring presentations and videos stand-out. A new 1m x 2m monitor has been fitted into the reception area of Sandy Park, allowing clear and flexible displays to welcome customers to the venue.

Investment has also been made in software to allow wireless streaming (Apple TV), plus software to make sure videos, presentations and images can all be presented seamlessly, even if they are separate files.

A new and exciting feature of the boardroom at Sandy Park is video conferencing technology, which can be used in conjunction with the 82” plasma television in the room. As well as the standard half-day and day room hire rates, this room can be hired on an hourly basis. 

Talking about the new equipment, Sandy Park Sales Manager, Bev Gratton, said:

“We are always looking for ways to improve the experience at Sandy Park for all event organisers and guests. We feel that the new screens in particular can add huge value to an event, as it will often reduce the requirement for hiring extra equipment, while making presentations, images and videos look extremely impressive.”

Existing Sandy Park customers have already been impressed with the upgrades. Louise Wilson, Head of Events at Simply Biz group, commented:

“Sandy Park has everything you would ever need for a conference, great space, great facilities and most importantly outstanding staff who cater for your every need both behind the scenes and on the day. The recent upgrades to their equipment only enhance the experience.”

While Jessica Spragg, of Babcock, said:

“Sandy Park’s new electronic signage on entering the conference centre is fantastic. Our delegates commented on how much easier it was to read and follow which event was theirs. From our point of view, the addition of being able to display our company logo in the entrance hall is brilliant and shows an extra level of professionalism to our delegates.”

For more information about holding events at Sandy Park and utilising the technology on offer, please visit www.sandypark.co.uk or contact events@sandypark.co.uk

Photo Credit: Exeter Rugby Club/JMP Photography

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