A full audio, lighting and AV installation in a venue known as 'Area 51' at Harrow campus of the University of Westminster was recently completed. Area 51 is used as both a live music venue and a teaching facility and is now a state of the art music space.

Part of the Commercial Music Department, Area 51 is used for several courses including Commercial Music BA Honours, Commercial Music Performance BMUS Honours, Applied Sound for Interactive Media MA and Audio Production MA.

Head of Department Alan Fisher commissioned a complete remodeling and renovation of the building, including the installation of industry standard audio, lighting and AV systems.

The project now complete, Alan Fisher commented: "The venue upgrade has been received very positively by both staff and students, and having a state of the art music space on campus is proving to be a real asset in terms of recruiting future students. We ran our first open day recently and prospective students and their parents were overwhelmed by the facilities on offer. This has made a real impact on our capacity to deliver cutting edge teaching and learning in performance."

The improved facilities make the courses more attractive to future students and also gives the University greater opportunities for commercial uses of the venue. Local businesses such as Wembley Drum Centre and Ableton Live have already hired the space for some of their own events. The University also plans to market the space for live music events.

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