Challenge

The brief set outlined a desire for a home integration system that could incorporate a level of heating, lighting and door entry control as standard, with the potential to easily extend and add AV technology to meet individual needs and tastes of future buyers.

The project had various challenges along the way and such delays meant that our engineers had to install and commission in very little time once each property was ready for us, at one time we were handing over 8 properties a week.

Solution

We pitched an extensive but easy-to-control system believing its intuitiveness and future-proof qualities would resonate strongly with the tech savvy developer.

The system was designed with reliability and value for money in mind initially, using the Control4 system with its single controller for lighting as well as door entry allowed the developer to install a system which allow the home owner to control the system from the lighting switch panels around the home as well as from the in-wall touch panels.  The panels also allow the home owner to create lighting scenes directly from the touch screen, as well as control the integrated heating system which was installed by the M&E contractor.

Blinds were installed in the majority of properties at Gabriel Square to fit the large floor-to-ceiling windows and can be group and automated to raise and lower to programmable positions.  Structured cabling was installed throughout the development to futureproof the properties and ensure that each home is ready for multi-room audio, HDTV and other services at a later date, depending on the future owner’s desires.

Result

We based our solution on Control4, we felt this platform would be a great fit for the contemporary design of Gabriel Square, would comfortably meet all the client’s requirements and would also satisfy the current and future needs of homeowners.  For lighting and ensuring secure entry to the 80 properties we also used Control4, with blind control handled by a QMotion system due to its native integration with the wider system. The system also works with a Heatmiser heating control to provide control of every core technology in the home via the same familiar interface.

Overall, we spent 30 months on the project – from the first tender document being sent to us to final property being handover.  The installation itself was undertaken and completed in 11 months with an average installation time of under 3 days per property.

Meyer Homes worked closely with Webstract on the award winning Gabriel Square in St Albans. Webstract provided the smart homes technology for the 80 properties that were developed. The team at Webstract were a pleasure to work with, and the quality of their installation and after-sales service has been second to none.

Antony Crovella - Sales & Marketing Director

Meyer Homes

We first met with Andy at Webstract back in 2018 when we were looking at having an AV and surround sound system installed into our new apartment on the Gabriel Square Development. Throughout the entire installation process, Andy and his team have been professional, very personable and they as a company go out of their way to accommodate your needs. They are experts in their field.
We also had the Control 4 system installed into our new home. We have found this system has enhanced our home in so many ways, from being able to control all areas of our home from the lighting to the AV systems and even being able to control these areas via the app on our mobile phones that we have found very innovative and a cutting edge piece of technology.

Lilli Hood

Resident at Gabriel Square

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