The D.R.E.A.M. Centre at Chailey Heritage Foundation is a new state-of-the-art, multi-use immersive educational, activity, experience and sports centre for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments, and associated learning difficulties.
The new centre features innovative design and creative application of technologies to offer young people a range of physical and digital experiences that would not typically be accessible to them. Hoists, moving doors, special real-time effects, smart automation and live content create an experience that virtually ‘transports’ guests to experience the sights and sounds from around the world.
BlueBox was brought into the project to design and commission the Medialon control system. We were given several different modes of operation that may be required in day-to-day operation and were also tasked with working with the team at Chailey to define additional customisable/future-proofed parts of the system they wanted.
The system at Chailey is very modular with a number of defined modes, but it has the flexibility to be used and expanded upon over time with the kit that was installed. The challenge for BlueBox on this project was that outside of the predefined modes, we were constantly adding new modes/functions based on the end-client’s request. To help alleviate this, we designed the control system to allow a standard operator to use the predefined modes, but an Admin would be able to use the control panel to add new buttons with basic functions from the panel itself. For example, we created four pages of lighting states with only one page being predefined. However, the client also wanted to use a lighting console for live shows so we created a passthrough for the DMX to override the predefined presets. In addition to this, we allowed the system to record the DMX values coming in and save them to new buttons which could be renamed. This allows the end user to define unlimited new lighting states and save them to the system rather than needing a console or a programmer to come down and edit lines of code.