Our client: A mutual contact introduced us to this client who was looking for a luxurious, turnkey cinema room build.

The Brief: Within this client’s property, they were looking to convert an unused wine cellar into a high performing dedicated cinema room for the whole family to enjoy. Due to the room being a bare shell, a full turnkey solution was required, including all building works, decorating and M&E services.

The Solution: We started the process by taking the clients to a demonstration at the Artcoustic facility in Essex, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the level of performance, along with the aesthetic design options available to them. At this stage, once the client had a better idea of their requirements, we worked with them to create a full render design for the room, which the client was thrilled with. We were then tasked with building and replicating this.

We began by utilising our building contractor to effectively build a room within a room, rearranging the entrance, raising the floor levels, and dropping the ceiling. We also went on to install air conditioning for both heating and cooling, bespoke fabric panelling for the side walls, a Starscape ceiling and bespoke LED lighting to run the length of the panels. The front wall also hides additional acoustic treatment that we implemented to improve the way the system sounds.

Due to the size and shape of the room, the originally proposed subwoofers at the front of the room were not enough to create powerful, immersive bass throughout the whole space, so we went on to incorporate an additional 2 subwoofers into the floor of the rear stage of seating. The Sony Laser Projector was housed within an external AV rack room, as the client wanted to create the effect of a commercial cinema. We also decided to move the door to the room, so that the entrance was not via the pantry, saving space and keeping the projector central within the room.

The client gave us 5 of their favourite films, and we commissioned the design of artwork for the client to choose from, all using acoustically transparent fabric in order to not disrupt the audio quality coming from the hidden speakers behind some of them.

Overall, we provided a complete turnkey solution for the client, utilising our building contractor, decorators, electrical division, as well as installing heating & ventilation, and designing various lighting scenes, the list goes on! The client has been delighted with the finished room, and uses it daily.

Technical Specification:

Specification: 9.4.4 Dolby Atmos surround sound

Room Control: Control4

Projector: Sony Laser Ultra HD

Projector Screen: Screen Research 130” 16:9 screen

Speakers: Artcoustic

Amplification & Processing: Anthem

Seating: Cineca Modena in Alcantara Steel

Side tables: Bespoke

Lighting control: Rako with DMX, Orluna downlights, Itallia lamps

Fabric panels: Bespoke

Artwork: Bespoke with acoustic fabric

Sources: Apple TV 4K, Sky Q, Microsoft Wireless Display (for presenting on to the big screen!), PS5

Air Conditioning: Daikin system for heating, cooling and ventilation