The Next Level, Winner Best Multiple Scheme by a Property Developer


Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer

Winner: The Next Level for The Lansbury

A technically demanding project, but they have overcome all challenges in a spectacular fashion

A prestigious development, on the doorstep of Harrods, has won custom installer The Next Level a top award at the 2014 CEDIA industry trade association awards. Winner of Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer, the Buckinghamshire company's entry was recognised: "As a stand-out project in this category" with a glowing reference for its imaginative and user-friendly “interface and concierge systems."

Knightsbridge is renowned across the world as one of the most exclusive residential and retail districts in central London. The Lansbury is an eight-storey, 15,000 sq ft development comprising six exceptional residences, overlooking one of the world's most famous department stores.

The homes have been designed with a wealthy, international audience in mind. Key to the technology brief was effortless control and the ability to adapt to individual needs whilst enhancing and simplifying the lifestyle of the occupants. The requirement for The Next Level was to deliver a full home automation system, encompassing control of climate, lighting, AV, access and security. The design also needed to factor in the provision of full hotel concierge services and control of communal areas.

During the initial planning stage, The Next level worked closely with the client to agree on a specification which would work across the building and be used as a basis for each property. A key aspect of the design was to ensure there was plenty of scope for upgrading the infrastructure in the future, ensuring the utmost flexibility.

As Knightsbridge achieves some of the highest property prices in the world, it's no surprise that the owners brought in top designers for the Lansbury. The interior furnishings are primarily custom-made so it was essential for the technology to blend in seamlessly. As the design stage progressed, the installer initiated software co-ordination meetings with the client to allow input into the look and feel of the interface. The intention was to design a layout from scratch so that every button and background was custom designed to give the end user a bespoke branded experience.

To meet the demands of the brief, with optimum reliability and flexibility, The Next Level chose a full Crestron Home Automation system, incorporating lighting control, motorised blind control, DigitalMedia HD video streaming and audio distribution to multiple zones.

The Crestron system integrates with a Trend building management system to control all HVAC services, including air conditioning, underfloor heating and hot water, along with meter monitoring. For access and security, the installer specified a BPT XIP door entry and Paxton security access system, together with an IP CCTV System for all entry points and communal areas.

Sleek Crestron TSW capacitive touch panels, with ultra-bright, high-resolution displays, are installed throughout the development. The units feature multi-touch capability, producing an exceptional user experience. Through intelligent design and programming, the control interface is astonishingly easy to navigate and appeals to prospective clients of any nationality. Five front panel buttons provide instant access to common functions and operation of many of the services has been reduced down to four presets: high, medium, low and off. This applies to heating, cooling, lighting and audio levels. Deeper control is provided on a sub-page, if required.

Each apartment is controllable room by room, including entertainment, climate, lighting, entry, CCTV and concierge services for stress-free, comfortable living. The home automation system has been adapted to reflect the specific requirements of each resident, making them feel relaxed as soon as they set foot through the door. Specific modes have been programmed, such as 'Hibernation' which shuts down the core components and conserves energy, giving it a positive energy-saving advantage.

Furthermore, 'Welcome Home' mode, which can be triggered locally or remotely from a touch panel or smart device, brings the system out of hibernation. It automatically sets a comfortable temperature and preferred lighting settings throughout the property, ready for the home owner’s arrival.

The concierge aspect of the system aims to facilitate building management and maintenance with minimal disruption and utmost convenience to the occupants. All the incoming supply information, for the utilities, is collated via the Crestron touch panel, so routine engineers don't need to access the apartments to read a meter. The residents can speak with the concierge, via video intercom without having to leave their home. Unobtrusive CCTV cameras, housed in bespoke fittings designed to match the downlights give each inhabitant the peace of mind that their home is secure.

The stunning apartments reflect the ultimate in luxurious smart-home living, where everything is customised to the owners needs. The technology enhances the lifestyle through simplified control of all household systems, increased security, energy savings and convenience. From the point of view of the judges, "this was a technically demanding project, but they have overcome all challenges in a spectacular fashion."

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