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AV Tech Awards countdown: Residential Project nominees

Our Residential Project of the Year category contains three high-spec installs in London that each came with a number of unique challenges

Today, we continue our AV Technology Awards countdown by profiling the shortlisted nominees for the Residential Project of the Year award. 

This year’s awards will be announced during a brand new digital Awards Week running from 23rd to 25th June. The awards programme is held in association with Awards Partners Crestron, Integrated Systems Europe, and the Technological Innovations Group (TIG), and Association Partners AV User Group and Women in AV (WAVE).

Nominees for Residential Project of the Year

Advanced Integration Ltd: Seven-bed residential install in St John’s Wood, London

Advanced Integration recently completed an ambitious residential project in a 25,000 sq ft luxury mansion in St John’s Wood, London. The property is a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom detached residence extending over five floors.

The goal was to update and upgrade the existing system to control with one unified UI all lights, blinds, HVAC, audio, 4K TV, home cinema, car lift and various alarms. Various integrations had to take place in order to be easy and intuitive for the user. The whole project took 10 months from start to finish.

“I am very pleased with how fast and reliable Advanced Integration has been,” said George Drivalas, House Manager. “The system is running smoothly and the integration with the BMS works perfectly. The owner was particularly impressed by the quality of the sound throughout the house and especially in the cinema, games room and pool area.”

ClearSphere: Six bed residential install, Parliament Hill, London

The family commissioned this no-expense-spared home install for their six-bedroom home, containing a large basement entertaining room and garden outbuilding with Gym and hot-tub. 

The brief was for a comfortable, modern home with intuitive home automation that entertained, maximised energy efficiency and kept the family secure. This required an extensive BMS system that could accommodate the main house and an interlinked garden-building. The time frame from concept to completion was around 18 months. 

Key features included: Crestron lighting control with 152 dimmed lighting circuits and 53 keypads; 27no Crestron controlled electric blinds; Crestron BMS with control of ground-source heating/cooling and ventilation; six zone multi-room audio system with Crestron/Sonos integration; HDBT video distribution with 6×6 video matrix and Crestron HR-310 remotes; Crestron controlled cinema with drop-down screen and projector; Crestron controlled video entry and CCTV; Touch-screen intercom and Alexa voice control. 

Eclipse Digital Media: Tipi, Wembley Park

Tipi is Quintain’s build-to-rent management brand. Wembley Park is set to become the largest build-to-rent development site in the UK, with 5,000 homes being delivered by 2024. Quintain and Tipi wanted to create a social space on the rooftop of Alameda, to help residents build a community. 

Tipi also commissioned an outdoor cinema for residents to enjoy movie nights, play music or game consoles, and host events. In addition, Tipi wanted to use the screen as a way to deliver marketing messages regarding upcoming community events and any important messages for the residents. 

The solution completed by Eclipse Digital includes a 14m2 Absen 4mm Outdoor LED with outdoor JBL speaker system. It also includes an iPAD controller for Tipi staff to manage the various input sources, volume and screen on/off. There is also a light sensor to adjust the brightness as well as the ability for brightness commands to be sent via embed signage which is used for the digital signage content management. Also included is a Sennheiser Mobile Connect wireless audio system where residents can download the Mobile Connect app to their iOS or Android devices, choose the audio channel and listen via their own devices, particularly useful for silent discos and cinema events held in the evening.