Refurbishment of Holy Trinity Church, Frome

Holy Trinity Church in Frome had a nine-month refurbishment project which brought about a complete renewal of the interior of the building.

As part of the refurbishment, APi Communications installed a sound and projection system. With a lively music group, multiple inputs were required to provide the flexibility necessary for a creative church community. Simplicity of operation, lifespan and reliability, were also key factors.

Due to the open nature of the church and the many hard surfaces in the finished design, the sound system had to be designed to minimise undesirable reflections. This was achieved by the the use of directional line array type loudspeakers. These speakers also have the advantage of having a low profile so they do not dominate the interior.

An Allen and Heath digital mixer provides all the required features in an accessible package, with the added benefit of full wireless iPad control.

The widescreen projection system has one screen, which due to the historic fabric of the building could not be mounted directly onto the wall. APi had to come up with an innovative cable suspension system where the screen appears to float in front of the wall. We installed additional cable infrastructure so that a second unit can be added at a later date. The projector is mounted on a short bracket off the side wall to be as unobtrusive as possible. All cabling is CAT6 with HDMI signals transmitted using the HD Base T format for reliable connections. We included a simple switcher scaler on the input enabling the connection of various sources (eg camera input), and also making the system more plug and play for the user.