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Bartons selected as Audio Visual supplier for Te Kaha Multi-Use Arena

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

We are pleased to announce that Bartons have been chosen as the official supplier of Audio Visual (AV) and Public Address (PA) systems for the Christchurch City Council project promising to transform the Canterbury landscape.

Artist's impression, subject to design development

The Te Kaha development is set to become a prominent landmark, featuring a fully enclosed rectangular multi-use arena with a minimum capacity of 25,000 permanent seats. In addition to the permanent seats, the arena will have an additional 5,000 temporary seats and 36,000 capacity for large concerts. Situated on the Te Kaharoa site, the project is one of the largest undertaken by Christchurch City Council, who have partnered with BESIX Watpac to ensure a smooth delivery.

With over 800 devices carefully integrated into a coordinated Building Information Modeling (BIM) model, the AV hardware is poised to seamlessly blend into the arena's construction. This extensive selection of devices cover a wide range of requirements, ensuring that the audio and visual experience will be outstanding for all attendees.

The PA system will cater to both the front and back of house areas, ensuring that announcements and important messages can be effectively communicated to the bowl and public circulation areas, as well as the selected staff and operational spaces. Additionally, a seating bowl hearing augmentation system will be in place to provide assistance to those with hearing impairments, making the arena more inclusive and accessible.

Artist's impression, subject to design development

In addition to the PA system, Bartons will be responsible for the AV systems throughout the arena. The IPTV system will provide a range of content, including off-air TV distribution, live event content from in-house and external broadcasters, menu boards, digital signage, and various time-related features such as countdown clocks and event/sports code match day clock systems.

Bartons and our local subcontractor Futureworks, will work closely with BESIX Watpac to ensure the successful implementation of these systems, resulting in an arena that exceeds expectations.

Artist's impression, subject to design development

You can learn more about the Te Kaha project here:


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