Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer
Winner: SMC for Grosvenor Crescent
SMC demonstrates the best of the new world working in total harmony with the splendour of the past. A development scheme to revive eight Grade 11 Star listed properties was considered by the judges to be "an impressive project that works cleverly with a show house". One of the challenges of the brief was that the ornate plasterwork and fine detailing of the 19th century interiors had to be preserved. SMC decided to focus on providing integrated IP-networkable digital systems wherever possible; as a lighter-weight, less expensive, more flexible infrastructure. The properties are pre-wired throughout using MediaFlex, a composite cable containing two CAT5e and two co-axial cables. A fibre-based TV distribution system has also been used to minimise cable runs.
The building services, including lighting, HVAC and access control are integrated through a Crestron control system. Additionally, a Lutron Homeworks lighting system provides enormous flexibility for mood and light scene setting.
The pre-wired infrastructure allows numerous options for the purchasers of the apartments. SMC worked with the Developer's marketing team to create sales literature which clearly illustrates how equipment can be placed in the rooms.
The client complimented SMC on "the value they bring and their tenacity to see a good job well done."