Gencom moves ABC Brisbane on air
Gencom Technology will assist ABC Brisbane relocate to their new home. "The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) announced the appointment of Gencom as systems integrator to the Brisbane Accommodation Project (BAP). “The appointment was made following a very competitive tender process and is the first major ABC project awarded to the New Zealand based organization”, says the ABC’s Technical Project Manager, Peter Bedford.
“The ABC is very confident that Gencom has the professional experience necessary to successfully deliver the project. The ABC abandoned its Toowong site in December 2006 due to staff health and safety issues. The ABC Board was committed to the design and construction of a new Queensland headquarters, and after an extensive search a site in Brisbane's South Bank cultural precinct was selected. A new purpose built media centre will be constructed employing the latest in radio, television and multimedia broadcasting technology. The move presents a series of challenges including relocating some existing equipment without taking the ABC off air.”
This really is an exciting project,’’ Gencom’s CEO, Ray Sanders said. “For Gencom it means that we are being handed a very serious role in Australia. We really appreciate the fact that the ABC has seen fit to hand that role to us. We have done some prestigious radio work for the BBC in the past, and that has counted in our favor to the extent that it was probably one of the best references for the project. The BBC project was very leading edge and used very similar concepts and techniques.”
The ABC's technical fit-out team comprising of Resources Coordinator Mark Russell and Senior Planners Graeme Clancy, Justin O'Byrne and Victor Robba has completed concept design and is now working closely with Gencom's chief design engineer Shane Vaughan to complete detailed system design and transition planning. The detailed design phase of the project is scheduled for completion in November 2010. Installation will commence in early 2011 with system commissioning in late 2011.
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