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Architects & Automation


The home of the future will be more practical and efficient than ever before if architects and home automation specialists continue to collaborate.


In the modern day, people are becoming increasingly tech savvy and want to embrace new technology as long as it provides real value. Smart home technology certainly fits that description with its ability to completely automate a house, allowing a homeowner to receive security alerts, plan a heating schedule, drastically reduce energy bills and execute personal commands at the touch of a button.

There is no doubting that the smart home concept will help to improve the practicality of day to day life, but it could take some time before it reaches its full potential in the UK as not every house has the appropriate infrastructure. There are certain wireless systems that can be programmed to work extremely well in an existing home, but there may be certain limitations as to what can be achieved without initially causing minor defects.

The most suitable time to consider automating a home is during the planning stages of construction. This gives the owner the flexibility to achieve anything they want to from home automation, as a specialist can carefully plan the installation of the relevant infrastructure and products, whilst working in cohesion with other consultants.

The Associate Director of a leading UK architecture practice highlighted the importance of collaboration for new build projects in CEDIA Communicates Magazine:

“At the heart of every great project are the three c’s – communication, collaboration and coordination. Almost invariably, the most successful projects combined the technical expertise of a home technology professional, with the design knowledge and implementation of other consultants, including an interior designer, architect and/or lighting designer.”

In comparison to other home build consultants, home automation specialists have not been around for long. However, many architects recognise that smart home technology can be a valuable factor when planning a dream home for their customers and therefore are inviting home automation consultants to collaborate on relevant projects.

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Case Studies

Joslin Rhodes - Audio Visual Project

Scope

Joslin Rhodes are a friendly team of qualified independent financial advisers offering pension and retirement planning services across the UK.

After experiencing growth and preparing for the future, the company decided to move their headquarters to larger premises at Gloster House in Stockton-On-Tees. They hired the expertise of a multi-award winning interior planning

Cygnet Law – Video Conferencing

Scope

Cygnet Law provide a family legal service to all sectors of the community and pride themselves in maintaining a high level of customer service and care. This can be demonstrated through their achievement of the Lexcel quality mark/accreditation.

The Redcar based solicitors firm identified video conferencing as an efficient way of connecting with

Grangefield Academy – Touchscreens

Scope

Early in January 2014, construction commenced on Grangefield Academy’s new school under the Priority Schools Building Programme. The new build would see the academy relocate from a premises they have occupied since 1951 to a fantastic new school.

One of Grangefield Academy’s core values is to ensure there is no ceiling for the

CDD Fire & Rescue Service - Edge Blended Projection

Scope

The County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) wanted to create interactive and immersive training simulations for members of the service to participate in firefighting training exercises in its new state-of-the-art fire training centre.

Bowburn Fire Training Facility is a dedicated training centre incorporating BA training, fire behaviour facilities as well

Knayton Primary School – Stage Lighting & Audio Project

Scope

Knayton Primary School is a charming rural school based in Knayton Village within the North Yorkshire region. They have a strong belief in creating a caring, stimulating and supportive environment allowing their pupils to reach their full potential.

In line with their beliefs the school requested a 55” touchscreen for one of their

Northshore Innovation Centre - Data Cabling Project

Scope

A new state-of-the-art Innovation Centre has recently been built at Stockton’s £100m Northshore regeneration scheme. The Innovation Centre is managed by Teesside University and will offer tenants the full range of its business innovation and development services.

The three-storey, 36,000 sq ft building will be home to new and growing small and medium

North East Schools - Audio Visual Solutions

Scope

Over the years we have had the privilege of working with over 130 educational establishments within the North East due to the relationships we have built with local authorities, a not-for-profit IT Company and directly with various schools.

We receive a lot of in-bound enquiries from schools for a full range of audio

North East Schools - Data Cabling & Wireless

Scope

Over the years we have had the privilege of working with over 130 educational establishments within the North East due to the relationships we have built with local authorities, a not-for-profit IT Company and directly with various schools.

We have provided a full range of data cabling solutions on a multitude of occasions

Visualsoft - Data Cabling Project

Scope

Since opening in 1998 Visualsoft have delivered cutting edge eCommerce solutions to their clients and have now built up a portfolio featuring over 1,000 websites, including some globally recognised brands.

The professional eCommerce company was named Company of the Year at the Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards 2015 in March.

Ford Aerospace - Projector System

Scope

Ford Engineering are an award-winning, highly successful specialist in the precision machining and pressing of components and assemblies for the Aerospace engineering, Automotive and other related high technology industries.

The Ford Aerospace division of Ford Engineering required a projector solution, including a projector and a screen, for their training room and we were

Whale Hill Primary School - ICT Suite

Scope

Whale Hill Primary School is based locally to ourselves in Redcar, we have had the privilege of working with the school on various audio visual projects for some years now.

The latest project came about as a result of their plans to relocate and upgrade their ICT suite. We were invited to implement

Junction Farm - Touchscreens

Scope

Junction Farm is a local primary school based in Stockton-on-Tees, they believe in providing a platform which will assist children in fulfilling their potential. This belief has been carried into their teaching and has enabled their school to achieve a well-deserved position of 141st in The Top 200 State Primary School Rankings.

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Parkhill Business Centre - Network Points

Scope

Parkhill Business Centre was bought by Vortex (Yorkshire) Ltd. When it was purchased, it had been empty for around 4 years, having been an office building some years previously. Vortex had the vision of making this building into serviced offices, and were keen to have a community feel to the place. Vortex required