R101: Eliminate Roller Blinds with Digital Image Recognition
The stadium at Anfield has been home to Liverpool Football Club since their formation in 1892, but has recently undergone a huge transformation. With the construction of the new Main Stand, one of Europe’s largest all-seater stands, the capacity has been raised to over 50,000. This expansion offered great opportunities for new fan experiences, but also some practical challenges. That’s where we came in.
Working in partnership with Regal Blinds and Fisher Audio Visual, we were tasked with creating a striking visual solution to help guide fans through the new ‘free-flow’ Anfield Stadium Tour Experience. Certain areas of the Main Stand needed to be screened off or hidden, but importantly these areas needed to be re-opened on match days to accommodate the tens of thousands of supporters attending each home game.
Our solution was to design and manufacture twenty-two R101 Eliminate roller blinds, each one over 12sq.m and all motorised, spread over two floors of the Main Stand. We used a bespoke PVC fabric in single-length pieces for each blind, which were then printed with huge eye-catching images supplied by the LFC design team. We fitted them using ‘floating’ ceiling brackets, so when they were fully retracted on match days they are completely invisible to the throngs of fans passing below.
But the ingenuity didn’t stop there. To support the interactive digital elements of the free-flow tour experience, our printed blinds were added to the image-recognition system within the handheld audiovisual guides. When held up to our giant blinds, the images trigger a response in the device which autoplays additional sound and video content for visitors to enjoy. A fantastic meeting of engineering know-how with technological wizardry.
Ed Grimshaw, MD of Regal Blinds, says of the project, “It’s a great example of collaboration between expert technicians within their own field to collectively deliver a bespoke solution, on time and within budget. Working hand-in-hand with our partners at James Robertshaw Ltd further enhances and solidifies the reputation that both companies have, especially when working for a global brand like Liverpool FC”.
We’re enormously proud of the work that ourselves and our partners at Regal Blinds and Fisher Audio Visual have put in on this project, and we’re excited about the opportunities and possibilities it has opened for the future. Check out the case study video above to see the system in action.
“Throughout the design and installation process, James Robertshaw and their partners have been fantastic to work with. We get lots of comments from visitors about how good the blinds look and when they’re rolled away they are so discreet you wouldn’t even know they are there. Which is great for match days!” – Steve Newton, Tours and Operations Manager, LFC