Martin Audio for World War II Hangar

Feb 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Now a popular venue for product launches and functions, Hangar One is a converted World War II aircraft hangar at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire,, England. Part of the Aviator Hotel, the refashioning of the hangar into a conference venue included the installation of a Martin Audio sound system, designed and fitted by Middlesex Sound and Lighting.

Originally, the building comprised three smaller hangars built in 1941 to house the planes used to train the RAF pilots during the war. Soon after, it was demolished and reconstructed as a single large blister hangar with an all-metal frame.

“Acoustically, the hangar presents some difficulties,” said Lance Broomhead of Middlesex Sound and Lighting. The main hall is 110 feet by 70 feet with a ceiling height of 19 feet in the center and eight feet at the sides. “Together with Simon Bull of Martin Audio, we decided the best approach was a central cluster of six EM56 loudspeakers and 12 EM15s, six going down each side of the building which serve as in-fill. In addition, there is a pair of EM56s at the end and a pair in the middle. These are for conferences, where they are the main P.A., enhanced by the cluster.”

The hangar has been re-finished with an insulated skin and given a new floor. Although the building dates back to World War II, the use of wood veneer, period features and sympathetic lighting have produced a multifunctional modern venue. “It's an unusual venue, and it has a terrific ambience,” said Broomhead. “Visually, the Martin Audio speakers look the part; in fact, it was one of the reasons for choosing this system, because Martin were able to purpose-color the cabinets to match the mottled gray ceiling.”

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