19:13 11 December 2018
Architects Benson & Forsyth and interior designer Conran and Partners have built a connected, modern-styled collection of 80 new smart homes in St Albans Hertfordshire. The award-winning Gabriel Square development, which is comprised of spacious town houses and one, two and three-bedroom apartments set around a landscaped garden square, has won the Home of the Year Award (in a multi-unit scheme) at UK broadsheet’s Sunday Times British Homes Award. It also won at the recent WhatHouse? Awards.
The homes boast an integrated system by Hertfordshire-based installer Webstract Smart Technology. It incorporates 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.
Andy Lloyd, director of Webstract. Said: “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.”
“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 allowed the home owner to control the system from the lighting switch panels around the home as well as from the in-wall touch panels,” says Lloyd. “The panels also allowed the home owner to create lighting screens directly from the touch screen, as well as control the integrated heating system which was installed by the M&E contractor.”