Media Release: Virtual tour producer, pikoDesign, gains degree of success at Cambridge


AYR-based virtual tour company, pikoDesign, was recently selected to produce virtual tours for Cambridge University, a fantastic opportunity for a local Ayrshire company to work with one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world.

Says a spokesperson: “A virtual tour is a 360° panoramic view of a building or other location, which, when placed on a company or other organisation’s website, gives a considerably more realistic and visually interesting illustration than any two-dimensional image could possibly do.

“Facing competition from other virtual tour providers from all over the UK, the high-quality product and services from pikoDesign were the deciding factor for the team at Cambridge.”

Nell Halford is assistant manager at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge University Faculty of Music.

She commented: “After looking at various virtual tour companies and other venue websites, we found pikoDesign, who have an inviting and easy to understand website and also had produced a virtual tour of a similar nature to what we were looking for.

“Seeing this swung our decision to go with pikoDesign, along with their reasonable prices and package offer.

“pikoDesign provided good and clear communication in advance of the shoot, and we were very happy with their professionalism and with the reliable service we received from them.

“Many clients wanted to see the hall and foyer space in particular. As the majority are based too far away to visit the venue in person, the virtual tour on our website offers a suitable alternative.

“The images of the rooms are very important for clients as this can make or break a booking. They need to see space, size shape and general appeal and I think the images captured by pikoDesign really work in our favour.

“Many clients have viewed the virtual tour on our website, and as a result have confirmed their bookings with us. It also gives current venue hirers and patrons a good idea about our seating layout and what to expect on arrival.

“We are very happy with the overall quality of the images, detail and presentation, and we are very pleased with the result, and I’m sure the faculty will be pleased with the extra bookings to come.”

George King, proprietor of pikoDesign (pictured above), said: “It has been tremendously exciting working with the team at Cambridge University on their virtual tour projects.

“With Cambridge’s unrivalled reputation and strong brand identity we were aware that expectations would be very high. Building on our reputation for delivering virtual tours of the highest quality, the final result has exceeded all expectations.

“We are very much looking forward to working on further Cambridge University projects throughout the rest of 2011 and beyond.”

pikoDesign is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Norman Geddes is senior partner at Ayr-based Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. He commented: “The Circle would like to congratulate new member pikoDesign on winning and successfully carrying out this project in Cambridge.

“The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle has a sister organisation in Cambridge, and if any other of our members is interested in doing business in one of the most recession-proof regions of the UK, we would be delighted to do all we can to assist.”

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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor, Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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