2010 NEWS

08 OCTOBER 2010:

DJW wins the Grand Prix Award and the Systems Company of the Year of AV Awards 2010!
AV Company of the Year!

DJW wins the Grand Prix Award and the Systems Company of the Year of AV Awards 2010!

In a record breaking year, DJW also won the Best Educational Project over £50 000 at the Awards Dinner on Friday the 8th of October.

The Grand Prix Award was a Judges’ Award, nominated and chosen from the 22 Award winners. According to the criteria, it is given to the winner whose entry shows most evidence of technical and creative innovation; innovation and business practices of benefit to the sector as a whole; market development and industry leadership; documented business objectives and results.

For the Systems Company of the Year Award, DJW highlighted not only work done at Centre of the Cell in London, but also for ring˚werk at the Nürburgring; the Art Fund Prize winning Ulster Museum; and the crowd-pleasing World of Top Gear exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu; amongst others. To win Systems Company of the Year, DJW had to excel in criteria covering service levels and technical expertise over a range of projects, with the award focussing on the innovative nature of the installation work.

DJW’s Directors were on hand to pick up the Awards. David Willrich said:

“To win the Systems Company of the Year Award is a testament to the great skills and dedication of the whole DJW team; but to achieve the accolade of the ultimate Grand Prix Award was the icing on the cake and brought a huge sense of achievement. I’m thrilled to have our work recognised in this way. We worked with our clients to complete some fantastic projects last year, and we have more in the pipeline, both in the UK and overseas.“

Five other finalists were beaten to win the Best Educational Project over £50 000 prize, the third prize won for the software and AV integration in Centre of the Cell, as well as the Education Project prize at the M&H awards.

DJW has had a fantastic 2009-10, completing some of its largest and most innovative projects to win an unprecedented number of awards. And next year is looking to be just as good!

01 JULY 2010:

The Art Fund Prize Winner 2010
The Art Fund Prize Winner 2010

Congratulations to the Ulster Museum in Belfast, winner of the 2010 Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries.

The Chairman of the Art Fund Prize Judges, Kirsty Young, said:

“Here is a museum that shows how much can be achieved, and one that is building a lasting legacy… The transformed Ulster Museum is an emblem of the confidence and cultural rejuvenation of Northern Ireland.”

DJW was the AV Systems Integrator for Ulster Museum’s £17 million, 3 year redevelopment project.

18 MAY 2010:

DJW projects make Art Fund Prize shortlist
DJW projects make Art Fund Prize shortlist

DJW was the AV Systems Integrator for two of the four museums on the shortlist for the Art Fund Prize, the most prestigious museum prize in the UK.

Both the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and the Ulster Museum made it onto the shortlist as a result of their recent redevelopment projects. DJW played an important role in the projects and would like to congratulate the two museums on making it to the shortlist.

The public can vote on the short listed candidates until 18 June and the winner will be announced on 30 June.

13 MAY 2010:

A great night for DJW at Museums & Heritage Awards
A great night at Museums & Heritage Awards

DJW added to the trophy shelf when we received a Highly Commended award for Nürburgring in the International Award category at the 2010 Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence. Not all categories received one of these awards so we were very pleased to have our work acknowledged.

The night continued with further success when Centre of the Cell, who had entered the project on behalf of the team, won the Award for Educational Initiative; and the highly coveted Award for Permanent Exhibition went to the National Museum of Northern Ireland, who had entered the Awards with the design team Haley Sharpe.

Adding to that success, all M&H online subscribers were asked to vote for their favourite Museums from the previous years installations and Leeds City Museum was listed in the top three.

For three of our projects to win awards made it an especially outstanding night, enthusiastically shared with our clients from Centre of the Cell.

07 APRIL 2010:

Triple Finalists at Museums & Heritage Awards
Triple Finalists at Museums & Heritage Awards

2009 was another busy and successful year for DJW culminating in three of our projects being put forward as finalists at the Museums & Heritage Awards 2010.

DJW entered ring˚werk at the Nürburgring for the International Award directly, our client at Centre of the Cell entered the project in the Educational Initiative category and designer Haley Sharpe entered Ulster Museum in the Permanent Exhibition category. We now await the Final results at a Gala dinner on May 12th as part of the Museums & Heritage Show. Watch this space; fingers crossed!

01 APRIL 2010:

Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year
Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year

Congratulations to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum for winning the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum award.

This award is judged by undercover family visits, measured against the Kids in Museums manifesto, part of a movement to make family visits to museums more engaging and enjoyable.

DJW was the AV Systems Integrator for the Herbert’s recently completed £20 million redevelopment.

22 MARCH 2010:

The Art of Engagement Opens
The Art of Engagement Opens

An experiential learning environment to help influential companies to better engage their employees has opened in Milton Keynes.

As AV Systems Integrator, DJW (D J Willrich Ltd) has created a show that will help inspire visitors. Visitors are taken through a presentation by Best Companies staff before watching an immersive show that sets the scene for the day. This is no ordinary training day.

When the visitors move into the atmospherically lit main hall, they are escorted to the eight different zones where they encounter a short film; touch screen interactives where they decide on fair working practise; listen to stories of great, and not so great leaders; consider their personal growth in a poly tunnel theatre; play interactive games using infra-red sensors and hidden cameras and microphones; read stories; and get inside the head of a disgruntled employee - a theatre with screens as eyes.

The visitors then move to the ‘Doing Rooms’, where a Best Companies interactive on Panel PCs shows them how they can turn what they have learnt into real changes for their workplace. Their ideas are then transferred to the Strategic Theatre where they can share them with the rest of the visitors.

DJW has integrated all these into a Show Control system. This allows Zone Hosts to use lighting and vibrating paging cues to move groups of visitors from one timed zone to another.

DJW has designed and provided systems to display media, presentations and interactives from production company Centre Screen, along with interactives from interactive exhibit company Kiss the Frog. The temporary building and lighting were installed by Neptunus and Anagram. Clement & Street provided fit out contractor services and Jon Hall was the Project Director.

03 FEBRUARY 2010:

EMEA InAVation Award Winners
EMEA InAVation Award Winners

D J Willrich Ltd is thrilled to announce that our entries into the EMEA InAVation awards have both been successful.

Last year was a very busy one for DJW and we had the opportunity of being involved in several large exciting projects. This gave us the opportunity of entering for the Education category, based on the work we completed at the Centre of the Cell, Whitechapel, London. This is a visitor attraction explaining how the cells work within the body, and giving an insight into the research that is carried out within the laboratories below. The other category entered was the Leisure category, following our involvement with the ring˚werk, Nurburgring, Germany. This is a large indoor attraction following the history of the Nurburgring and contains many thrill seeking rides.

Our directors, David Willrich, Lynn Willrich and Josh Miller, attended the award ceremony last week as part of ISE 2010, in Amsterdam. They were delighted to meet the team from the awards and happy to hear how impressed everyone was with our entries.

19 JANUARY 2010:

EMEA InAVation Awards Finalists
EMEA InAVation Awards Finalists

DJW are delighted to announce successful selection as finalists in two categories for the EMEA InAVation Awards.

We entered into the sections for Education and Leisure with recently completed projects Centre of the Cell, London and ring˚werk, Nurburgring Germany.

We are thrilled to have been selected as finalists for such prestigious awards in our field. DJW will be represented at the awards ceremony by our financial director Lynn Willrich and director Josh Miller, who are both looking forward to the event.

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