Dominion Theatre selects VDC for major refurb project

London’s Dominion Theatre has completed its biggest refurbishment and restoration job since it opened back in 1929, using over 36km of Van Damme cabling.

The four-month-long project has seen the venue transformed to its original 1920s grandeur with over half a million pounds spent on upgrading the technical infrastructure.

The various cables from VDC Trading were supplied through Edmundson Electrical in Greenwich.

The technical upgrade included a brand new stage and a complete overhaul of the entire stage electrical system, as well as the installation of a new flying system and stage lift. As most of the productions bring their own sound system and lighting, attention was paid to installing a comprehensive network for video, sound, data, dimmers, patch panels and lighting looms.

Cable used included Van Damme Cat 6 Data and Digilog cable, a variety of LSZH (low smoke zero halogen) video and speaker cabling and, from the VDC Trading fibre optic lab, over 6,000 metres of both four-core and 16-core fibre optic cable together with an array of connectors and interfaces.

The Van Damme cable was specified by consultant Mark Bradbrook who explained the choice of cable: “We did some research and spoke to our various wholesalers and because of the size and prestige of the project we wanted to only install recognised cable with an industry bench mark for quality and reputation and Van Damme came out on top each time," he said.

"Since the completion we have had a few issues with equipment, patch panels and plugs but no issues with any of the installed cable and there were quite a few thousand metres installed.”

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