Luxury housing development Wimbledon Crestron Integration Awards

Luxury housing development Wimbledon Crestron Integration Awards

The forward-thinking design of a lighting control system for 3 new-build properties in London’s SW19 has earned Intuitive Homes a top honour in the 2011 Crestron Integration Awards. Working closely with the developer to achieve their commercial goals helped the custom installer win the Brilliant Lighting Control and Design category.

IndigoScott is a leading developer of high quality residential property; priding itself on beautiful, functional design, exacting standards of construction, and the use of premium materials. The company’s Viridian development is located on one of Wimbledon Village’s favoured residential streets, Arterberry Road, within easy reach of Wimbledon Common, and consists of two semi-detached homes, and one detached home.

The focus of the brief was threefold: to create a state-of-the-art lighting system which would help sell the property; achieve maximum ‘bang for their buck’ for the client; and build in flexibility for the eventual owners to customise in the future.

The Manchester-based custom installer identified Crestron as best suited to meet the client’s objectives as it offers a comprehensive range of equipment as well as flexibility of design to create unique, tailored solutions. Furthermore, the developer recognised the value of having the prestigious Crestron brand name as one of the key selling points of the properties.

At the heart of the system is a Crestron 2-Series control engine which is programmed using Crestron’s suite of powerful development software and vast database of drivers and software modules. The PAC2M works seamlessly with Crestron’s entire range of lighting dimmers and shade controls, keypads and touchscreens, thermostats, wireless gateways, and expansion modules.

To overcome the issue of budgetary constraints versus future system flexibility, Intuitive Homes suggested that, rather than limiting the number of lighting circuits, they would rationalise circuits at the lighting control panel. In a bedroom, for example, there are 4 or 5 circuits: one for each bedside lamp and then two or three for ceiling and wall lights. At the Crestron dimming module these are combined into a single controlled circuit; creating a single bedside lamp circuit and a single ‘room’ circuit. Allowances were made within the enclosures for the number of dimming packs that would be required if the eventual home owner wanted to separate these circuits. A full pre-wire with CRESTCAT cable was also made to all of the keypad locations allowing for any of the CNX keypads to be upgraded to touchscreens in the future.

A user interface was created to fit in with the developer’s visual themes and imagery. The houses are programmed with an initial scheme, to provide lighting and dimming control, but will be tailored to the new owner’s requirements after purchase, Various features have also been programmed to demonstrate some of the highlights of the Crestron system such as pathways to different rooms. A ‘bedtime’ setting shows whether the lights are still on in the children’s rooms after they have gone to bed. The parents can activate a warning that it is ‘time to sleep’; whereby the lights in the rooms flash twice and then slowly fade down over 5 minutes. Another innovative feature is ‘vacation’ mode where the occupier can record and play back parts of the previous month’s lighting use, whilst away, to give the impression that the house is still lived in.

Once the lighting design had been agreed for each of the three properties, Intuitive Homes provided a Crestron TPS-4L colour touch screen, for each lounge, free of charge. Taking up the same space as a common light switch, this high-contrast 3.6” active-matrix colour touch screen offers astonishing 16-bit Isys colour graphics and 10 backlit pushbuttons. As lighting for the whole house can be controlled through the wall-mounted screen, including one-touch selection of lighting scenes and moods, it presents an additional wow factor at sales viewings and demonstrates the potential to the homebuyer.

As a further boost to marketing, each member of the sales team has been given an iPod touch installed with the Crestron App which allows them to demonstrate the features of the automated system over Wi-Fi whilst on viewings. The installer also helped with the production of the Viridian brochure to ensure it encapsulated the most impressive aspects of the Crestron system.

The lighting system is also linked to the alarm panel which triggers flashing lights if activated. This can be demonstrated, without having to set-off the alarm, through a panic button which allows the user to toggle the ‘whole house flashing’ to on or off. To switch off the flashing lights, the user has to tap the button quickly 5 times which would stop anyone unfamiliar with the system from disengaging it.

This thoughtful design clearly impressed the judges. As an integrated lighting solution it is easy to use, satisfies the requirements of the brief and, without a doubt, enhances the stunning contemporary interiors of the Viridian properties.