The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) asked West Midlands based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) to design and deliver all the technical elements for their 2018 annual staff conference and awards, which encompassed sound, lighting, video, staging and rigging.

The event for 400 delegates was staged in Warwick Hall at the NAEC, Stanleigh. It comprised a fully seated conference presentation during the day, which was transformed into a glamorous setting for the evening’s dinner and awards.

The client wanted to use the width-ways orientation of the venue for sightlines, so CPL’s project manager Lee Gruszeckyj proposed a widescreen video blend as a striking visual starting point to align with the geometry of the space.

Challenges included dealing with the room’s sloping floor and an odd shaped roof with lots of ducting and piping, all of which had to be cleverly masked without losing height in the beautification process.