Awards 2010

Awards 2010
Awards 2010
a guide to the award winners, highly commended and finalists
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The Judging Panel
Robert Hallam, Chair of
Judges, is the CEDIA
Region 1 Chairman and a
long time Director at
Dublin-based design and
installation company,
InControl.
Iris Dunbar is the recent
Past President of the
British Institute of Interior
Design (BIID).
The CEDIA Awards returns to celebrate Best Practice in
residential custom installation and, as always, it is a showcase of
technical expertise, design creativity and professional integration.
The projects that you’ll see, on the pages that follow, include some of the best examples
Peter Aylett is the
Director of Professional
Development for CEDIA
Region 1.
Chris Price is the founder
and Managing Director of
Shiny Media.
of home electronic systems integration in the industry. From penthouses in St Pancras
to 19th century Belgian castles, and everything in between; the CEDIA Awards 2010
reflects the true depth of design and installation talent amongst our members, from
across CEDIA Region 1.
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Last year’s CEDIA Awards was a truly international affair and the 2010 scheme is
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countries, the CEDIA Awards continues to reflect the growth of the Association
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Jan-Carlos Kucharek is a
qualified architect and
Assistant Editor of the
RIBA Journal.
Dave Mitchell is the
Technical Director of the
Home Builders Federation
(HBF).
The CEDIA Awards, which is this year held in association with AWE Europe, KEF Audio
UK, Philips Pronto and Sonos, is now firmly established as the high profile focus for
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excellence within the industry. And, in order to ensure that the scheme continues to set
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A consumer press
Editor with 25 years of
publishing experience,
Steve May is Editor in
Chief at Future
Publishing.
Becky Hoh is the
Assistant Editor of the
leading interior design
B2B publication, idFX.
So, without further ado, it is my very great pleasure to present the winners, finalists and
those highly commended in this, the 2010 CEDIA Awards…
Robert Hallam
CEDIA Region 1 Chairman
GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd. Eccleston Road, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6QP
Telephone: +44 1622 672 261 Fax: +44 1622 750 653
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Media Room
under £15,000 (16,500 euros)
PEP 2.4 Sonos module
(displayed on TSU9600)
WINNER
Olive AV
K E N S I N GTO N A PA R T M E N T
With four children, all under the age of
six, watching movies is a real family
event for the owners of this Kensington
P r o n t o
h a s
e v o l v e d
apartment. With no room for a dedicated
home cinema, this award-winning
solution doubles up as a play room and
Extended integration functionality
iPhone-style interface capability
Sonos and TwonkyMedia modules
F a s t e r a n d e a s i e r p ro g r a m m i n g
The NEW PEP 2.4 software now features enhanced UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)/ DLNA (Digital Living
Network Alliance) compatibility.
Rotary wheel enhancements. Actions can be ascribed to the
rotation / counter-rotation of the controller’s rotary wheel eg
controlling volume or light levels.
Improved font selection. Any Windows PC font can now be easily
selected and used in PEP2.4.
Dynamic user interface. PEP2.4 brings improved dynamic graphic
and text property control, adjustment and object manipulation
through improvements to ProntoScript.
Re-sizeable and dockable windows to assist in more complex
programming tasks, such as, creating user interface graphics.
Display and editing of multiple pages on a single screen to help
with smoother, faster programming workflow.
Re-usable macros. Once set up and used, programming macros can
be simply stored and re-used when configuring repeated actions in
multiple locations in a project.
Exclusively distributed in the UK by AWE Europe Ltd
AWE Europe Ltd B1 Longmead Business Centre, Blenheim Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9QQ
[email protected] tel: +44 (0)1372 729 995 fax: +44 (0)1372 729 771 www.awe-europe.com
use. In addition, movies on-demand and
BluRay were essential, so too was the
ability to cater for the children’s future
media consumption; with provision
made for a gaming facility to be added,
as required.
homework den. The room’s multi-
By working closely with the architect,
functionality meant that its audiovisual
Olive was able to deliver the performance
elements needed to fill the space when
the client demanded, with the discretion
required, but be discreet when not in
they needed. A 60” screen has been
FINALIST
Smart Business
seamlessly integrated into the space,
delivering visual impact only when turned
on. Clever colour matching and hidden
speakers ensure that the room’s
components blend together and that this
project is a perfect demonstration of
“seamless integration within the
challenges of a minimalist space”.
Olive AV
+ 44 (0) 20 8347 8202
www.olive-av.co.uk
Smart Business
+34 91 556 3611
www.smartbusiness.es
LO F T R E D M A D R I D
An innovative solution for a modern apartment in central Madrid,
this all-encompassing system successfully integrates technology
with interior design to deliver a truly multi-functional, multi-media
space. With a kit list including the likes of Marantz, Amina, Yamaha,
Dali and Sony, this apartment boasts the kind of audio set-up that
befits its music-producing owner. Visually, a 50" Pioneer plasma
allows for everyday TV viewing, whilst a SIM2 projector and dropdown screen delivers an unrivalled home cinema experience. A
piece of statement cabinetry houses the brains behind the entire
system and allows for the concealment of a range of additional
equipment including Canal +, PlayStation 3, a Kiss media server
and Anthony Gallo subwoofer. Lighting has been used to dramatic
effect to showcase the apartment’s architectural features and give
prominence to the works of art in-situ.
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Media Room
over £15,000 (16,500 euros)
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Projecting &
Sounding ART
Projecting & Sounding ART
+30 2109 949072
www.projecting-art.com
SUN DECK
An innovative solution for a contemporary property in Greece,
which allows the homeowner to enjoy a variety of viewing options;
whether that be the 42” LCD television, the projection-based home
cinema set-up or simply the property’s uninterrupted views of the
Saronicos gulf.
Projecting & Sounding ART succeeded in installing an impressive
amount of technology, without detracting from either the
contemporary style or far-reaching panorama. Embracing an
in-ceiling television lift, in-ceiling speakers, an in-wall sub-woofer
and plaster in-wall speakers, this project features seamlessly
integrated technology where the only thing on permanent view,
is the view itself.
FINALIST
Sensory International
Sensory International
+ 44 (0) 1625 505720
www.sensoryinternational.com
C H E S H I R E M E D I A LO U N G E
The brief to Sensory International was to create a room where the family,
particularly the children, could escape and enjoy a variety of media, including
Sky+HD, DVD, Xbox and Wii. It was important that enjoyment of the room’s
multi-media provision was not at the expense of its other purpose: playing
pool; so lighting levels needed to accommodate both activities. A 50” Pioneer
plasma, 100” Screen Research projection screen and SIM2 Domino DLP
projector form the basis of the audio-visual set-up, together with an Arcam
DVD and AV receiver. The room’s sources are supplemented by the
integration of the client’s existing Sonos music player into the system.
WINNER
MR Domotica
RURAL MEDIA
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MR Domotica triumphed in this
With just one touch of the wireless
category for the realisation of a high-
touchpanel, blinds close, lighting dims
end media room that demonstrated no
and the open-plan lounge is
aesthetic concession. Designed as part
transformed into a fully functioning
of the renovation of a rural farmhouse
media room. An authentic home
in The Netherlands, the system
cinema experience is delivered with
incorporates the latest in home
the use of a Projection Design Avielo
electronic technology; all seamlessly
projector, used in combination with a
integrated into the fabric of this rustic
Steward projection screen. Amongst
interior and brought together by a
the room’s impressive array of audio-
unifying Crestron control system.
visual sources are a Kaleidescape
media server, PlayStation 3, Crestron
radio tuners, satellite TV and BluRay.
A Rotel RSX-1550 5-channel receiver is
at the heart of the audio system, whilst
a Sonance amplifier delivers 7.1 Dolby
surround-sound to the living room area
and is controllable via the Crestron
system for seamless, two-way
communication.
MR Domotica
+ 31 1531 00001
www.mr-engineering.nl
FINALIST
Sensory International
Sensory International
+ 44 (0) 1625 505720
www.sensoryinternational.com
GA M E S D E N
It’s fun and games all the way for the owners of this particular media room.
A haven for the pursuits of playing snooker and watching sport; the room is
comprehensively equipped with the very latest in home electronic
technology and even boasts its own arcade machine. Whether you’re
watching football on the 50” Fujitsu HD plasma or the 130” projection
screen; the experience promises to be an immersive one. A Lumagen video
processor ensures the best quality picture on the super-size screen, whilst
a Linn surround processor and amplifier deliver amazing sound quality.
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Home Cinema
under £40,000 (42,000 euros)
FINALIST
AV Custom Install
AV Custom Install
+27 21 855 2972
www.avcustominstall.co.za
HOUSE POULIART
AV Custom Install was a worthy finalist with this impressive home
cinema system, designed for a movie-lover with an exacting set of
performance criteria. Sound quality was paramount and the client,
who collects old cinema projectors, wanted to get as close as
possible to the experience of actually going to the movies.
AV Custom Install responded with a system that optimises audio
enjoyment at every turn; from the evenly spaced and unobstructed
Custom Hidden Solution PSB speakers and PSB subsonic 5i
subwoofers, to the acoustic ceiling, the specially designed curtains
and the NAD AV receiver.
© 2010 FAB – Images supplied by Trevor Burton
The client vows to watch each and every new release on BluRay and
DVD from now on, and with this dedicated home cinema at his
disposal, it will certainly be an immersive and enjoyable experience.
FINALIST
Projecting & Sounding ART
Projecting & Sounding ART
+30 2109 949072
www.projecting-art.com
LA VIE EN ROSE
Projecting & Sounding ART make the final again, this time with a high-tech home cinema, with a distinctly retro feel. The client, who was
passionate about movies, wanted to enjoy a home cinema set-up that delivered cinematically-proportioned sound, but made little noise as
far as the rest of the house was concerned.
The impressive audio-visual provision includes, a JVC DiLA HD1 projector, Stewart Luxus Deluxe Screenwall 120”, 16:9 projector screen and
Marantz SR7003 AV receiver. Triad in-wall speakers and subwoofer and an Arcam P10007 channel amplifier deliver the desired audio
performance; whilst layers of galvanized lead and ecologically recycled rubber form an acoustic baffle to ensure that the home cinema
experience stays in the home cinema.
WINNER
FAB Audio Visual
SUBTERRANEAN
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The client wanted the best cinematic
experience possible, and boy did FAB
AV deliver. Deemed by the judges to be
a “well considered and technically
outstanding home cinema installation”
this stunning system was designed for
a client who was big on expectation,
but short on time; having just 48 hours
to decide how the AV requirements
were to fit into his new home.
impressive solution was realised. This
But, with some creative thinking and
co-operation from all parties, an
processor and the entire system has
now award-winning set-up includes
three Genelec A1W26 active in-wall
speakers, which sit behind and beside
a 110”, 16:9 Screen Excellence
acoustically transparent screen.
The audio system is completed by two
Video signal is taken care of by a Digital
Projection iVision30 Projector and the
room is controlled with some clever
interfacing between a Philips Pronto
remote and Crestron processor.
All in all, a system that exceeds
expectation.
Genelec A1W25 active speakers and a
Genelec HTS4B active subwoofer.
Sound is processed by an ADA audio
been painstakingly optimised.
FAB Audio Visual
+ 44 (0) 1727 226121
www.fabav.co.uk
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Home Cinema
from £40,000 - £100,000 (42,000 - 105,000 euros)
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Imagine This
Imagine This
+44 (0) 845 680 6856
www.imaginethis.uk.com
K E S TO N H O M E T H E AT R E
It was the fingertip recognition, amongst other things, that caught
the imagination of the judges and won Imagine This a Highly
Commended accolade for this multi-sensory and state-of-the-art
home cinema.
One swipe over the biometric scanner and the Crestron touchpanel
releases from the dock and the lights dim to their ‘take your seats’
preset. Once seated, the clients can enjoy the full media arsenal,
including Kaleidescape media server and BluRay.
© 2010 FAB – Images supplied by Trevor Burton
Tactile transducers fitted to the cinema’s seats literally shake in
time with the soundtrack’s base and are controllable by the
touchpanel under the heading ‘more or less rumble’!
THE GREY ROOM
Audio is delivered by two Genelec
subwoofers at floor level and three
Genelec active monitors located behind
a 120” Screen Excellence acoustically-
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FINALIST
Audio 7
Audio 7
+ 44 (0) 1306 621144
www.audio7.co.uk
E SS E X C I N E M A @ H O M E
The brief was straightforward; to recreate a public cinema experience, through a
dedicated home cinema, installed into an unused outbuilding. Audio 7 responded with a
system that was anything but ordinary.
Carefully-considered touches like the curtains across the screen, the tiered seating, the
walkway into the room and the rope across the entrance, all go towards delivering a
cinematic experience which is as close as possible to that of visiting your local multiplex.
WINNER
FAB Audio Visual
FAB Audio Visual triumphs again with
this “awesome cinema which was
technically well thought out”. With its
monochromatic interior, there is little
to distract from this room’s primary
purpose – watching movies. Designed
for an avid film collector with a passion
for Japanese films, this impressive
system delivers a truly immersive
cinematic experience.
A Runco 1080p projector partnered with a Screen Research THX ISF
2.35:1 Multi Mask Screen deliver the visual wow factor, whilst Triad
in-wall speakers and subwoofers pack the desired audio punch.
transparent screen. Six Genelec active
speakers, mounted adjacent to the
three rows of seats, further enhance
the sound quality which is processed by
an Onkyo SC-866 controller and an
Audyssey Multi EQ.
Video is taken care of by a JVC HD100
D-ILA projector, complete with
Schneider anamorphic lens for
widescreen authenticity. Amongst the
choice of video sources is Denon DVD,
BluRay and Sky+ HD. A Kaleidescape
media server brings together the client’s
expansive collection of over 1,500 DVDs.
This impressive set-up is controlled via
a standalone Crestron processor and
Crestron TPMC-8X touchscreen. On
selection of a video source; the electric
blackout blinds drop, the projector and
amplification turn on, the lights dim…
and what is now an award-winning
cinema experience begins.
FAB Audio Visual
+ 44 (0) 1727 226121
www.fabav.co.uk
A JVC HD750 projector with Schneider anamorphic lens and Screen Research
acoustically transparent fixed screen, deliver a visual authenticity whilst Artcoustic
speakers ensure that the set-up not only looks great, but sounds great too.
FINALIST
Dark Side of the Room
Dark Side of the Room
+33 4 7273 0171
www.dsr.fr
DREAM COME TRUE
DSR delivered a home cinema system, fine-tuned to perfection, for a musician with
eclectic taste. The room, which got the full acoustic treatment, has been configured for
7.1 surround sound and boasts a 3m wide Screen Research screen, JVC THX certified,
D-ILA projector and bi-directional zigbee control from RTI.
Amongst the extensive range of sources are two BluRay players, a vintage auto-reverse
Sony Laserdisc, CD and minidisc player and even a VHS to allow playback of concerts
that haven’t been re-edited in DVD. “I have heard things in this room that I have only
heard in big music studios” remarked the client. The stuff of dreams, indeed.
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Home Cinema Installation
over £100,000 (105,000 euros)
FINALIST
CSO
CSO
+45 4344 0101
www.cso.dk
BRINKEN HOME CINEMA
CSO were asked to design a home cinema that rivalled the best commercial outfits in
Denmark, and the result – a system that certainly works hard and plays hard!
This 300 sq ft, Crestron-controlled cinema has been designed to ensure that its
hardware performs outstandingly. Impressive audio performance is delivered with
speakers from French company, GKF, who have manufactured product for more than
650 commercial cinemas. Industrial absorbers within the specially designed ceiling
ensure that sound is contained within the space and an EQ system and Lexicon MC-12
HD complete the acoustic design. Power is delivered by four Bryston Amps and over
100m of speaker cable. A Runco VX-22d used in combination with a Screen Research
ClearPix2 screen, ensures that the set-up not only sounds good, but looks good too.
© 2010 FAB – Images supplied by Trevor Burton
FINALIST
Imagine This
Imagine This
+44 (0) 845 680 6856
www.imaginethis.uk.com
K I N G S TO N H O M E T H E AT R E
This discerning client knew exactly what he wanted from his home cinema – the biggest
image possible! Imagine This responded by installing a 140” Screen Research Curved
X-Mask screen, used in conjunction with a Runco VX22D projector with a McKinley
motorised anamorphic lens to optimise 2.35:1 and 16:9 images. Procella loudspeakers
have been used to create an enthralling audio experience and Philips Pronto brings audio
and visual components together into one easily controllable solution.
A Niveus ProN4 media server, with its dual 500GB hard drive, provides storage for the
client’s extensive DVD and BluRay collection and Sky HD and Playstation 3 complete the
range of high definition sources. Fully reclining, D-Box Motion ready, Fortress Matinee
seats provide an authentic and comfortable seating position which can be readily
upgraded in the future.
WINNER
FAB Audio Visual
G E N T L E M A N ’ S C LU B
FAB Audio Visual scores the CEDIA
Awards hat-trick with what the judges
praised as a “technically flawless
solution which will deliver an
awesome sound.”
incorporated the very best of today’s
technology.
At the heart of the audio system sits an
ADA Suite 7.1 controller and a Dolby
Lake sound equalizer. The room boasts
A dedicated space within a converted
barn; the client wanted an unrivalled
home cinema experience and that is
certainly what he got! Audio-visual
performance aside, one of the main
considerations was the building’s
proximity to the groundskeeper’s
cottage as “good groundskeepers are
hard to find.” So, with soundproofing
high on the agenda, FAB Audio Visual
set out to deliver a solution that
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two Genelec HTS4B subwoofers at floor
level and three Genelec HT315 active
monitors behind the 120”, 2.35:1
Screen Excellence acoustically
transparent side-masking screen.
Six Genelec AIW25 active speakers are
used for rears: four mounted adjacent
to the two rows of seats and two in the
back wall, either side of the projection
porthole.
The Digital Projection Titan 720P DLP
projector and ISCO 3 anamorphic lens
have to be seen to be believed and the
client can choose from a range of
sources, including a Kaleidescape player
and 1U video server, a Sky+ HD box, an
Xbox Elite games console and a Nintendo
Wii. The room is controlled by a dedicated
Crestron CP2E processor and TPMC-8X
touchscreen.
The internal walls were treated with
acoustic absorbers and diffusers and the
room was fitted with double acoustic
doors.
FAB Audio Visual
+ 44 (0) 1727 226121
www.fabav.co.uk
FINALIST
SMC
SMC
+44 (0) 20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
C OT S WO L D S C R E E N I N G R O O M
According to this well-connected client, this impressive screening room, installed in an
old Victorian garage in the Cotswolds, has become “a cinema of choice for some of the
world's most exacting film makers”. The star of this particular AV set-up is
undoubtedly the 10-megapixel Meridian projector which, when used with the Screen
Research 130” 16:9 fixed projection screen, delivers the kind of picture quality which
befits this discerning audience. Thanks to intelligent scaling, this amazing projector
works equally well with old low-res games and pre-release 4K movie content provided
by the client’s Hollywood colleagues, played back using a Western Digital media player.
Other source equipment includes Meridian G96 DVD transport, Sony PS3 Blu-Ray
games console, Nintendo 64 vintage games console, Sky HD satellite receiver and
Apple TV. Audio is delivered with the use of Meridian speakers and subwoofers, in a 7.2
configuration. A wireless touchpanel controls the whole affair.
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Integrated Home
under £100,000 (105,000 euros)
FINALIST
SMC
SMC
+44 (0) 20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
N OT T I N G H I L L H O M E
SMC took on the client’s challenge to
provide robust, functional technology,
future-ready wiring and discreet
installation on this family home project.
They designed and integrated a multiroom audio, TV, security, data network
and telecommunications system that fits
sympathetically within the contemporary
styling of this period property. They’ve
also helped the homeowner rediscover
his love of music by re-using his existing
record player and Linn hi-fi system.
Pronto remote control ensures an
intuitive user experience for all.
A job which, according to the
homeowner, proves the benefits of
working with a CEDIA member and
shows that it’s not just for people with
touchpanels and automated cat-flaps!
WINNER
Prestige Audio
FINALIST
SMC
THE WHITE HOUSE
This brilliant white home proved the
clear winner thanks to its sensitive
integration of AV, lighting and security
control, for a cost-conscious client.
including outdoor speakers and the
electric sliding patio doors.
A Lutron HomeWorks system offers
spectacular DMX control of colour
Working to a tight initial budget,
Prestige Audio kept high value items
to a minimum whilst retaining a keen
eye on future expansion for a time when
financial constraints eased.
change RGB lighting, with an internal
A single Crestron touchpanel is built into
the central, leather-clad pillar which is a
key feature of the open plan living space
on the ground floor. This controls all
zones inside and outside the property,
future and simple 12-button Crestron
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waterfall proving especially eyecatching!
The first floor is pre-cabled for the
keypads provide lighting and basic
The dedicated cinema is equipped with
a 1.78:1 projector and a 2.35:1 screen a compromise the client was happy to
make until he upgrades later on.
Meanwhile, the gate entry system is
connected to the main touch-panel but
uses a low cost composite video and
balanced audio matrix switcher.
The result is an “envy-inducing”
integrated home that delivers excellent
value for money.
audio-visual control in secondary
rooms. Larger touch-screens and
Lutron blinds will be added later.
SMC
+44 (0) 20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
LO N D O N A PA R T M E N T
This impressive apartment refurbishment features a fully
distributed centralised TV system for viewing Sky and
HotBird satellite; a music system enabled for CD and
iPod listening; a Gigabit Ethernet and wireless data
network and an integrated telephone system.
Two of the six rooms in the property also include
dedicated AV source equipment and a second audio zone,
driven by a Denon AV receiver.
SMC has discreetly installed all technology within the
home and has ensured that it functions easily and
simply, with the help of Philips Pronto controllers, and
the original Sky and Humax remotes which operate via
architecturally integrated dinky links.
Prestige Audio
+44 (0) 1923 801400
www.prestigeaudio.co.uk
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Integrated Home
from £100,000 - £250,000 (105,000 – 262,500 euros)
HIGHLY COMMENDED
LairdKing Ltd
LairdKing Ltd
+44 (0) 1209 216912
www.lairdking.co.uk
VELINJI
From an initial request to upgrade Sky to Sky HD and distribute the
feed around this Cornish property, LairdKing Ltd inspired its client
to think beyond these modest ambitions. The result is a fully
integrated smart system that can be accessed even when the client
is away from home, in Australia.
The installation of a new HD cabling infrastructure allowed for the
existing lighting system to be replaced, and the integration of KNX
and Crestron control for AV, lighting, HVAC and security system
operation.
The system also features Kaleidescape for movies and music, and
a NuVo Essentia whole-home audio system. Mirror TVs, Artcoustic
speakers and Amina in-wall speakers all help the technology blend
perfectly with the home’s bright, clean and minimalist aesthetic.
“A well integrated solution” which clearly impressed the CEDIA
Awards judges.
FINALIST
MR Domotica
MR Domotica
+ 31 1531 00001
www.mr-engineering.nl
FA R M H O U S E
WINNER
Prestige Audio
A comprehensive high-end home automation system that fits seamlessly into its rural farmhouse environment. MR Domotica has
successfully integrated AV, lighting, climate control, intercom, CCTV and perimeter control systems. The family’s enormous DVD and CD
collection is centrally stored on a Kaleidescape system which can then be distributed around the home for all to enjoy, whilst the heart of
the audio system comprises an 18x18 autopatch matrix, featuring line-level distribution, gain control and a 10-band equalizer.
ST PANCRAS PENTHOUSE
“A truly stunning solution within a
challenging and unique environment”
was the judges’ verdict on this
imaginative system for a triplex
penthouse in North London.
One intuitive, easy to operate Crestron
system integrates the AV, lighting,
HVAC, access control and security
systems in the property with control
provided by TPS-6L touchpanels fitted
in the principal rooms. Ease of use was
a key factor on this project, so simple
touchscreen layouts and engraved
buttons prevail.
As the property is primarily used for
entertaining, the Pioneer plasma in
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the main living space is hidden from
pressed on exiting, the lift is activated,
view when not in use thanks to a
the lights dim to off and the alarm is
bespoke Future Automation lift. In the
automatically armed only when the lift
themed guest bedrooms, LCD screens
has gone. When the client then calls
are concealed behind custom art
the lift, lights switch on and the alarm
picture frames whilst, in the master
is disarmed before he reaches the
bedroom, the screen rises
hallway.
automatically, when required, on a
motorised pop-up from the foot of the
Clive Christian four poster.
Tasked with making the system as user-friendly and as intuitive as possible, MR Domotica’s solution is so easy to operate that anyone,
even guests and the client’s children, can fully control and interact with all the technological components.
Finally, the property has its own minicherry picker for maintenance, due to
its 15m ceiling height. This is hidden
Prestige Audio has effectively
below a motorised trapdoor lift system
integrated operation of the private
and again activated by the Crestron
Otis lift into the control system. If the
system when necessary.
property is occupied, the lift call must
be authorised from the Crestron
panels. If the ‘goodbye’ button is
Prestige Audio
+44 (0) 1923 801400
www.prestigeaudio.co.uk
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
Best Integrated Home
over £250,000 (262,500 euros)
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Smart Home
Smart Home
+41 22 990 08 00
www.smarthome.ch
B U C K I N G H A M S H I R E LU X U R Y H O M E
A highly commended accolade was justly awarded to Smart Home for a
solution which has been expertly realised, despite a challenging set of
criteria. The project which started in 2001 and took a staggering eight
years to complete, was designed for a 17th Century, Grade 1 listed
property in Buckinghamshire.
The centre-piece of this impressive system is undoubtedly the luxuriouslyappointed cinema room with its ornate, domed ceiling, marble columns and
103”plasma, one of 36 screens in the property. The Music room boasts a 60"
Kuro plasma, hidden by an Agath Mirror TV framed by an Italian hand-carved
custom frame, whilst Wisdom Audio Sage L75s ensure that sound quality hits
the right note. The full system integrates no fewer than 300 speakers,
including 60 in the garden, 8 television lifts, a 13-player Kaleidescape
system, Sky HD, BluRay, HD-DVD player and iPod docking in every room –
all of which is controllable via a unifying Crestron control system.
FINALIST
Hometech Integration
Hometech Integration
+ 44 (0) 131 510 1250
www.hometechintegration.com
S C OT T I S H FA M I LY H O M E
An impressive and ecologically-aware system designed for a client seeking to maximise
the energy efficiency of his home by using a wide variety of systems, in conjunction with
a number of alternative energy sources.
Hometech’s innovative solution uses lighting control and zoned, logic-based heating
control to its full energy-saving potential. Lighting levels have been programmed to dim
in response to changes in sunlight, to maximise efficiency. Precision control of airconditioning and underfloor heating is achieved via touchpanels, as is the management
of solar and ground source heat facilities.
WINNER
Censys Residential Control
K A S T E E L D O M E I N A M E R LO O
This all-encompassing technological
solution for a 19th Century castle in
Belgium is, quite literally, integration
on a monumental scale.
With no fewer than 65 rooms to
contend with and the date for the grand
opening party set in stone, Censys
embarked on a technically ambitious
solution that delivered all the luxury
and convenience of a 21st Century
lifestyle, without detracting from the
touchpanels; 80 keypads and 196
lighting zones. A Crestron PVID 16
zone, multi-room video system controls
21 sources including; a Kaleidescape
media server, 10 satellite sources and
11 DVD players. There is a 60” Pioneer
plasma, 13 Loewe LCD TVs and 2 Sony
LCD TVs. Audio distribution is provided
by a 26 zone, 24 source Crestron
Adagio system and speaker provision
includes; Bowers & Wilkins, KEF,
Speakercraft and Boston Acoustics.
housed within the castle. Consequently
there is comprehensive HVAC provision,
fuelled from 4 boilers with cooling
delivered via Mitsubishi airconditioning units. An overview of the
climate in any given room is readily
available from either the Crestron
touchpanel or PC for precision control.
All in all, a stately home with state-ofthe-art technological provision… and a
worthy award-winner.
castle’s traditional interior.
This expansive system includes:
17 in-wall touchpanels; 20 wireless
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Climate control was of particular
importance, not least because of the
large collections of fine wine and art
Censys Residential Control
+31 182 686 525
www.censyscontrol.com
In addition to its environmental provison, the property also boasts a comprehensive
audio-visual set-up and state-of-the-art security system.
FINALIST
SMC
SMC
+44 (0) 20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
N OT T I N G H I L L FA M I LY H O U S E
A whole-house solution designed for a creative family who wanted to enhance their
contemporary home with practical, simple technology that was easy and fun to use.
Home to an avid music fan and audiophile, sound quality was paramount for particular
rooms, whilst concealment of source equipment and speakers, crucial in others.
A dedicated home cinema meets the family’s desire for showing movies whilst multiroom audio is delivered via Sonos, with Meridian speakers giving a high quality listening
experience in the living room. Plaster in-wall speakers, bespoke cabinetry and motorised
and manual sliding panel mechanisms have been used throughout to ensure that neither
the interior aesthetics nor the family’s technological enjoyment are compromised.
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Best Innovative Solution - Residential
This category recognises excellence in the design and implementation of a single technical
solution within a residential project. Showcasing that which is most definitely out-of-the-box, this
is the category within which creativity and engineering innovation shine.
FINALIST
Grahams Hi-Fi
Grahams Hi-Fi
+ 44 (0) 20 7226 5500
www.grahams.co.uk
W H E R E D I D T H E P R OJ E CTO R G O ?
WINNER
T&T Automation
An innovative solution, designed as part of a projector-based home cinema set-up within a double height living space. With 5m high ceilings,
the location of the projector was always going to be a challenge but Grahams Hi-Fi certainly rose to the occasion with this solution.
With a drop-down projector lift ruled out on aesthetic grounds, Grahams came up with an elaborate method of bringing the video projector
out of a cupboard and in-line with the projector screen.
W E S T LO N D O N
GAT E D C O M M U N I T Y
Using an ingenious motorised projector bracket, custom designed and engineered by Future Automation, the mechanism first opens the
cupboard door and then elegantly swings the projector out into position and ready for use.
By placing a subwoofer where it’s
rarely been before, T&T Automation
triumphed in this category for what
the judges considered to be “an
outstandingly innovative solution that
demonstrates a tremendous amount
of thought.”
A solution designed for a client who
wanted to enjoy really smooth bass
throughout his top floor home cinema,
located above noise sensitive
bedrooms. With the ceiling the only
logical place for subs within this
irregular shaped room, T&T designed
an ingenious solution which involved
de-coupling the subwoofers from the
main house structure to allow for a full
bass response, without transferring
noise and vibration to other rooms,
especially the master bedroom below.
Positioning the subs in this way would
also allow for minimal colouration from
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FINALIST
The Pleasure
Home
The Pleasure Home
+ 44 (0) 20 8420 4333
www.thepleasurehome.com
S M A R T WA L L AV
the room, effectively preventing the
ceiling acting as a sounding board.
The solution was realised through the
construction of a wooden frame that
attached to the eaves at the apex. The
subwoofers were then hung on the kind
of aluminium structures usually seen
in commercial or broadcast situations.
Special acoustic hangars were used
between the aluminium structure and
the wooden frame, to isolate and damp
the vibrations of the subs.
A neat, tidy and well-considered
solution that demonstrates
considerable innovation and delivers
awesome sound!
An innovative, standalone Media Wall which enables
this sports-loving homeowner to watch not one, not
two, but three sporting events simultaneously.
Incorporating one 65” HD Panasonic plasma and two,
tiltable, 24” Dell monitors – this is one innovative
multi-media solution that means you never have to
take your eye off the ball.
This totally self-contained unit allows for the ‘conceal
and reveal’ of the main television, on a sliding panel
mechanism, whilst housing all associated equipment
and racking, it even boasts its own, integral cigar
humidor!
T&T Automation
+ 44 (0) 1255 862830
www.tandt-automation.com
From its custom colour LED lit shelving, to its
Makassar Ebony surround, this is as much an AV
solution as it is a stunning piece of custom furniture.
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Best Multi-Dwelling Installation
The Best Multi-Dwelling installation is designed to recognise installers who, through
the integration of technology, have added value, improved marketability and boosted
sales for a developer.
HIGHLY COMMENDED
SMC
SMC
+44 (0) 20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
H E AT H W E S T
An “accomplished solution” for a development of four new build
luxury houses in North London. The brief was to find the perfect
level of technology expected at this end of the market and to
maximise the value of the houses, whilst meeting a very strict
budget. As the properties were being marketed as family homes,
the TV, data and telephone cabling had to allow the greatest
flexibility for high definition TV, music, video streaming and gaming.
In meeting the brief, SMC installed a comprehensive automation
solution which included; Lutron Homeworks throughout, BPT
Access Control, Nacoss Grade 3 security systems, CCTV for the
gardens and communal areas, Sky TV, FM/AM terrestrial reception,
ceiling speakers in the principal rooms and Amina plastered in
speakers in the entrance halls.
A high level of integrated control of the lighting, blinds, music and
HVAC was achieved using a specially developed Lutron keypad.
The properties were pre-wired for touchscreen control and for HD
distribution throughout and, for added flexibility, the room by the
swimming pool was wired for use as either a gym or cinema room.
A highly commended project which strikes the right balance
between pre-wired infrastructure and built-in operational systems.
WINNER
Finite Solutions
FINALIST
SMC
GREENHOUSE
Finite Solutions were worthy winners
for what was deemed to be “a unique
installation that brings social and
environmental responsibility to the fore”.
A technological solution for a developer
whose vision was to create the UK’s
first ‘zero carbon’ multi-dwelling
development; this innovative system
integrates home automation with the
latest cutting edge environmental
technologies.
The development’s environmental
credentials include; heating and
cooling to each apartment via ground
source heat pumps and VRF, roof
mounted solar thermal panels to heat
the hot water system and heating and
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cooling recovery achieved though
a district heating system. Central
rainwater and grey water tanks provide
recycled water for toilet flushing and
washing machines and wind turbines
provide communal energy for lights
and lifts.
And, the technical credentials are
equally as impressive. Each apartment
has its own integrated energy
monitoring system which, using the TV
as an interface, allows the owner to not
operative’, with Greenhouse acting
as energy supplier and invoicing
homeowners by net usage, taking
into account energy produced on site
and energy ‘exchanged’ between
apartments. In addition, homeowners
can book an electric pool car from
the on-site car club, get real-time
information on the next buses and
trains departing from local stations
and access an integrated community
notice board to keep in touch with the
wider community.
only monitor their own energy usage,
but also the amount of energy the
building is generating and using as
a whole. The system also allows
occupants to form an ‘energy co-
Finite Solutions
+ 44 (0) 113 255 4765
www.finitesolutions.co.uk
SMC
+44 (0) 20 7819 1700
www.smc-uk.com
B A K E R ’ S R OW
An integrated technological solution for a striking
development of eight one and two bedroom, luxury
apartments in the fashionable Clerkenwell Green
conservation area.
The developer was clear from the outset that these
apartments would have a high architectural and
technological specification and be a place where
innovation meets discreet luxury – and all at a price
that would maximise their investment.
A simple wiring infrastructure was designed to deliver
TV, data and telephone to the main rooms and allow a
TV with surround-sound set up in the main living
space. A Systemline modular multi-room audio
system was installed to feed ceiling speakers in the
living room and bedrooms and an Integrated TV
Reception System (IRS) distributes Sky+ and Sky HD
to all apartments, from one satellite dish on the roof.
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Best Marine Installation
Best Dressed Rack
From audio-visual and environmental, to vessel management and navigation; the integration
of technology in a marine environment poses its own unique challenges. The Best Marine
installation category recognised the ultimate installation of technology on a superyacht.
The Best Dressed Rack category takes a look behind the scenes for examples of design
and installation excellence. The judges were also looking for demonstrations of
innovation and intelligent value engineering.
FINALIST
Hometech Integration
Hometech Integration
+44 (0) 131 510 1250
www.hometechintegration.com
S C OT T I S H FA M I LY H O M E
Three, specially designed and built 50V racks, incorporating over
1000m of cabling, are the brains at the heart of this enormous
home automation system.
Hometech Integration managed the huge volume of cables in a
way which enabled each rack to move forward independently on
heavy duty casters, allowing access to each in turn, without any
unnecessary cable stressing.
WINNER
T&T Automation
WINNER
Sensory International
W E S T LO N D O N FA M I LY M A N S I O N
SLIPSTREAM
Described as “picture perfect” by the judges, the two-rack
approach taken by T&T Automation on this project allows
for future expansion of the system, correct air circulation
and thermal management and an easy-to-see, neat and
tensionless installation of cables and equipment.
For luxury charter vessel Slipstream, the
client demanded intuitive to operate and
reliable on-board entertainment systems.
The installer has risen confidently and
capably to the challenge with a wellthought out and integrated solution.
The Crestron-controlled entertainment
system consists of individual, standalone sub-systems located in every
cabin, each featuring a satellite receiver,
media client, iPod docking station, audio
video switching and amplification.
With the exception of each Kaleidescape
media client, which communicates to a
central server for access to content, the
AV equipment operates as a stand-alone
system. Even if this Kaleidescape
connection is lost, a cabin guest can
still select and view local discs, satellite
channels or access their own iPod.
Audio players meanwhile provide four
independent audio feeds to external
areas and for party or vessel wide
audio, with guests or crew able to
set a single piece of music playing
throughout the yacht.
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The Sky Lounge features a completely
hidden projection system. A motorised
projector lift built into the deck head
design ensures invisibility when
retracted, whilst a sofa unit with a
motorised seating section slides back
and allows a 90” wide, tab-tensioned
projection screen to rise out of its base.
A local receiver provides 5.1 surround
sound in this area, with motorised blinds
closing to finish the transformation.
Other motorised devices on the vessel
conceal displays when not in use. The
Main Saloon features a lift and swivel
mechanism in a piece of furniture behind
a sofa and the Master Cabin display is
mounted within a motorised artwork
frame, where the artwork conceals the
display when not in use. When a video
source is selected, the artwork
automatically rolls out of the way.
Every detail was considered, including all
of the in-ceiling speakers being custom
painted to match the ceiling material into
which they were mounted.
The simple nature of the system, how
easy it is to use and its continued
reliability have been praised by everyone
lucky enough to be onboard. In the words
of the client, “Sensory International bring
a unique and professional team to each
project which assists us greatly in
constructing a unique yacht that outperforms our expectations”. They are
worthy winners!
Sensory International
+ 44 (0) 1625 505720
www.sensoryinternational.com
Both racks for the mansion were pre-built at the company’s
premises so that they could be tested and run-in before
moving on-site where they have effectively been fitted into a
hallway cupboard. In a thoughtful solution to servicing, the
back wall of this cupboard has been removed to allow
access through the eaves from an adjacent room.
The cabling has been installed with minimum bend radii
taken into consideration and properly terminated with full
contact compression terminations to reduce their
resistance and create a more reliable and better contact.
The cables are labelled with printed-on shrink-wrap sleeves
which are all turned to face the viewer, simplifying
maintenance and troubleshooting.
FINALIST
Sensory International
Sensory International
+ 44 (0) 1625 505720
www.sensoryinternational.com
UBER INTERIORS
All of the structured cable on this installation is presented through
a patch panel system, with the main equipment rack built off-site
and designed to include a pre-configured cable loom. The rack
was then brought to site and fitted in one simple procedure.
It features components to provide multi-room audio distribution
and high-definition video to multiple audio zones and displays
around the property.
Spike, surge, black and brown-out sensitive equipment in
the racks is backed-up using a 1500VA UPS per rack.
Equipment not on UPS has its power-conditioned as a
minimum.
Overall, it’s a sensible and sensitive installation that enables
quick and cost-effective upgrading, greater equipment
reliability, improved energy consumption and easy access
for maintenance and servicing.
T&T Automation
+ 44 (0) 1255 862830
www.tandt-automation.com
www.cedia.co.uk/awards
THE CEDIA AWARDS ENTRANTS
It takes time and effort to enter the CEDIA Awards and we would like to thank all those who have taken part. We would like to extend our
congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the scheme; they are collectively responsible for raising the bar, both in terms of the
standard of submissions and expectations of what can be achieved. The competition this year was truly more intense than ever.
Sensory International, UK
Smartcomm, UK
Finite Solutions, UK
DSE Group, UK
DSE Group, UK
Finite Solutions, UK
Sensory International, UK
Smartcomm, UK
Grahams Hi-Fi, UK
Sound Decisions, India
AudioVision, UK
Prestige Audio, UK
Digital Luxe, Spain
Smart Business, Spain
The Big Picture, UK
Sensory International, UK
E-Life, UK
The Pleasure Home, UK
SMC, UK
CHT
Sound Decisions, India
Sound Decisions, India
Finite Solutions, UK
e-Home AUTOMATION, UAE
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Smart Business, Spain
Electronic Architects, South Africa
T&T Automation, UK
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ZonePlayer™ 90
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