MultiRoom AV, Heating & Lighting Control in Manchester
High End Home Automation in Europes Highest Living Space
Our installation in the Penthouse of the iconic Beetham Tower in Manchester is one of our highest profile installation yet. The client's apartment spans the entire two top floors of the tower on levels 47 and 48 - making this the highest living space in Europe. Our installation was equally as impressive and won us the Crestron Integration Awards in 2009.
Advanced Home Automation Controlling all Heating & Ventilation
The biggest challenge for us was not distributing audio and video around the apartment but controlling all the building management systems in the apartment. Our Crestron installation controls every aspect of the environment in the apartment from underfloor heating controls through to ventilation - even the temperature of the swimming pool and the olive grove irrigation system - the client has a 4,000 sqaure foot garden at the very top of the tower with olive trees craned in during construction! Control is made easy by making adjustments on Crestron 6" touchpanels in the apartment which simply allow the client to scroll through the rooms and change temperature setpoint up and down.
Multi-Room Audio Video & Lighting Controls
The client benefits from full audio video distribution throughout the apartment - allowing centralised Sky HD receivers and Kaleidescape DVD/Music servers to be enjoyed anywhere. Watching Sky in the gym is as straightforward as the bedroom. The Kaleidescape system stores the clients DVD and CD collection and allows several different films or albums to be enjoyed simultaneously in the apartment. We also integrated an FM tuner to allow the client to enjoy the radio throughout the apartment - this has proved especially popular in the his and hers bathrooms in the mornings. A full Crestron lighting control system allows preset scenes to be recalled in any of the main areas - providing perfect activity lighting (reading, watching TV etc) in addition to showing the apartment in it's best possible light. Although we created lighting scenes initially we also gave the client the ability to easily change the scenes via the Crestron touchpanels.
High End CCTV & Security Integration
We also fully intergated CCTV and security in to the Crestron system allowing the client to view cameras on touchpanels in the apartment - including the private lift lobby. All cameras are recorded on a rolling basis allowing easy viewing via the clients computer. A fully monitored and maintained alarm system provides the client with total peace of mind, should an alarm occur the apartment concierge and the client are notified immediately closely followed by the Police if required.
Crestron Official Case Study and Press Release
This project has now become an official Crestron Digital Media Case Study! To view the press release and Crestron's take on this award winning installation click here. The case study is also presented on the Crestron.com site - one of few international studies.