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At the commanding position on top of Manchester’s iconic Beetham Tower, there is a penthouse like no other. Officially the highest living space in Britain, it occupies the top two storeys of the 168.87m building, the tallest in the UK outside London and the tallest residential development in Europe…
Our installation in the penthouse of the iconic Beetham Tower in Manchester is one of our highest profile installations 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.
The biggest challenge was not distributing audio and video around the apartment but controlling all the building management systems within it. 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 square 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 the temperature setpoint up and down.
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 in the bedroom. The Kaleidescape system stores the client’s 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 reach the radio throughout – this has proved especially popular in the his and hers bathrooms in the mornings. A full Crestron lighting control system allows pre-set 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 its 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.
We also fully integrated 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 offering easy viewing via the client’s 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.
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.
Huge Crestron Installation in Dubai Crestron Integration Award Winner 2012 – Our Fullest Home Automation Project! This huge Crestron Installation in Dubai encompasses everything we do well – full Crestron HD Audio and Video, Lighting and Heating controls spanning two huge villas and gardens for a private family in Dubai. The standard of finish on this project is like nothing experienced before with Artcoustic speaker packages to every room and a wealth of sources to enjoy. This is the pinnacle of Home Automation! Full Home Automation for this Beautiful Dubai Villa Complex: Few projects we have completed rival this project for scale, reach and finish. 55,000 square feet of living space across two villas are extended by a further 55,000…Read More
Claridge’s Hotel Penthouse Suites – Mayfair Crestron Integration Award Winner 2011! – Best High Rise in Europe Working in the listed Claridge’s Penthouse apartments must be one of our highest profile projects yet. The aim was to install new Crestron controlled Loewe Multi-Media systems in two apartments of three rooms and ensure it could easily be controlled by any nationality. The results are stunning! High End AV for one of the Country’s Best Five Star Hotels: Working in the iconic Claridge’s hotel presented a special set of challenges – the final system had to be easy to use by multiple nationalities and blend in with the high end interiors. The system also had to be designed around the fact that…Read More
Whole House Lighting & AV in West London Full Crestron HD Audio Video and Lighting Control This stunning Mews house benefits from a full Crestron whole home Audio Video system. Crestron wireless lighting controls allow easy control of all lighting levels in the home with lighting scenes available to be recalled by wall mounted keypads, Apple iPads or Crestron MLX-3 handheld remotes. Scene setting is straightforward – simply select the room and applicable lighting channels are presented on the iPads, adjust and save down to one of the scene buttons. It couldn’t be simpler, yet it offers a huge amount of control. Key rooms benefit from Crestron MLX-3 handheld remote controls allowing easy control of the room – including all AV…Read More
High End Dedicated Home Cinema Room in Dubai A Truly Amazing Eight Person Home Cinema Installed in a Dedicated Room: Opportunities to install Home Cinema rooms are rare – we had an opportunity to turn a blank, unused room into a fully finished home cinema. The result is breathtaking: a 3.5m projector screen displays images from a SIM2 Lumis 3D projector whilst audio is provided by the amazing Artcoustic Spitfire Cinema System. Even the room dimensions have been designed to provide the best possible surround sound experience! A Beautiful Eight Person Private Home Cinema Installation: The Ultimate Home Cinema Installation – 3.5m projection screen showing 3D images at 1080p and full surround sound delivered by a 17 channel audio system….Read More