Press Releases

25 Nov 2016

Issued: 25th November 2016

It has just been announced that the founders and owners of smart homes technology and AV specialists Cyberhomes have won one of this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The award was presented to Andy Mack and Ion Smith who founded Cyberhomes in 2004 and recognises how they have steered and grown the company over the last 12 years to the point where they are now winning projects worth over £500,000 each. The category they won was “Smart Home/Internet of Things Entrepreneur of the Year 2016”.

The awards ceremony was held at Lancaster Hotel, London on 22nd November and the award was presented by popular comedian and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kholi.
Cyberhomes Director Ion Smith said: “This award came a bit out of the blue to be honest. We’ve had our heads down designing and installing great technology solutions for our clients, so to be recognised like this from outside our niche industry is a genuine honour.

Cyberhomes Director Andy Mack said: “I’m really proud of the company we’ve built; and it was great to find ourselves alongside other highly respected entrepreneurs that were shortlisted or won their respective categories. Thanks also to the sponsors, including NatWest and Kingston Smith, who helped make this all possible.

Cyberhomes work closely with clients, architects, developers, interior designers and M&E consultants to integrate control and AV systems with the overall building design and performance. The Cyberhomes founders have a background in live broadcast studio technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects.

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Ion Smith and Andy Mack GBEA awards 2016

Ion Smith (left) and Andy Mack (right) with their Great British Entrepreneur Award

Full list of award winners:

Winners:

  • Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year—Rosie Davies, London Fashion Agency
  • Eco Entrepreneur of the Year—Laurence Kemball Cook, Pavegen
  • Entrepreneurial City of the Year—Edinburgh
  • Entrepreneurial Co-working Space of the Year—Tom Ball, Desklodge
  • Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year—Matt Gubba, Biz Britain
  • Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year—Paula Wilkinson, Mum Bakes Cakes
  • Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year—Jason Trost, Smarkets
  • International Trade Entrepreneur of the Year—Shaun Pulfrey, Tangle Teezer
  • Intrapreneur of the Year—Matt Asman, CISCO
  • Micro Business Entrepreneur of the Year – Rachel Dunseath, Myroo SkinCare
  • Retail Entrepreneur of the Year—Jacyn Heavens, Epos Now
  • Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year—Sebastian Steinhauser, Parcelly
  • Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year—Dr Imrat Sohanpal & Liss Sohanpal, Nom Noms World Food
  • Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year—Ben & Mike Dyer, National Enterprise Challenge
  • Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year —Dr. David Tuch, Lightpoint Medical Limite
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Simon Crowther, Flood Protection Solutions Ltd & Skyrocket Solutions Ltd
  • Great British Entrepreneur of the Year—Shaun Pulfrey, Tangle Teezer

Technology Entrepreneur Winners—Sponsored by Kingston Smith:

  • Education Technology—Lucy Rome and Deena Wiseman
  • Digital Media, Entertainment and Gaming—Jason Kingsley & Chris Kingsley, Rebellion Developments
  • IoT/Smart Home—Andy Mack and Ion Smith of Cyberhomes
  • E-commerce Entrepreneur of the Year—David J Brown, VE Interactive
  • Cyber Security—Dave Waterson, SentryBay

NatWest Boost Award Winners:

  • Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year—Isabelle Ugochukwu, Isabella Queen
  • Eco Entrepreneur of the Year—Reiss Sulustro Pilson & Nigel Van Wassenhoven
  • Entrepreneurial Co-working Space of the Year—Gareth Jones, Welsh ICE
  • Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year—City Farm Systems
  • Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year—James McFarlane, PM Connect
  • International Trade Entrepreneur of the Year—Tony Convery, CDE Global
  • Micro Business Entrepreneur of the Year—Julianne Ponan, Creative Nature
  • Retail Entrepreneur of the Year—Paul Sulyok, Green Man Gaming
  • Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year—Rob Dance, Rock IT
  • Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year—Luke Quilter & Anthony Klokkou, Sleeping Giant Media
  • Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year—Mark Beehan, Chatter Bags
  • Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year—Sam Gordon & Sophie Eden, Gordon & Eden
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Mark Wright, Climb Online
06 Jul 2016

Issued: 6th July 2016

It has just been announced that Smart homes technology specialists Cyberhomes have won this year’s CEDIA Award for ‘Best Home Cinema over £100,000’.

The award recognises the technical excellence of a London home cinema room that was designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes. The interior design of the room was just as important as the technology as the homeowner wanted to recreate the feel of the old cinemas he enjoyed visiting as a child.

Cyberhomes Director Ion Smith said: “The client had a very specific brief about how the cinema room should look; the challenge for us was to deliver the latest in home cinema technology whilst retaining the vintage look. We were able to incorporate the very latest 4K resolution projector technology and Dolby® Atmos surround sound. The room was fully acoustically treated to ensure all the equipment performs at its maximum potential and acoustically-transparent fabrics keep all the speakers out of sight.”

Cyberhomes Director Andy Mack said: “We’re all really proud of this project at Cyberhomes, and for it to be recognised by CEDIA as an ‘exceptional design’ is very rewarding.

Cyberhomes work closely with clients, architects, developers, interior designers and M&E consultants from the very start, wherever possible, to integrate control and AV systems with the overall building design and performance. The Cyberhomes founders have a background in live broadcast studio technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects. AV racks are built and tested at Cyberhomes’ rack building facility in Thame and all the wiring looms created in a controlled environment before installation.

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17 Dec 2015

Issued: 17th December 2015

It has just been announced that Smart homes technology specialists Cyberhomes have won the custom installation (CI) industry’s Install and Technology Solutions Award (ITSA) for ‘Best Whole House Integration’.

The award recognises the quality of a fully integrated automation and entertainment system designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes. Having worked with the property developer client on several previous projects, Cyberhomes were given the opportunity to provide the integration of the AV (including a cinema room), lighting, heating and security systems for his own luxury family home in Hampstead.

Cyberhomes Director Ion Smith said: “The client had previous experience of Lutron lighting control and multi-room audio but the concept of integrating these, along with all the AV controls, heating and security into a single control system was new to him. Once we had demoed the Savant Pro system to him he was sold on the concept.” Cyberhomes’ client added: “Having worked with Cyberhomes on several upmarket property development projects, I knew they could deliver the type of smart capabilities I wanted for my own home—and they didn’t disappoint.

The ITSA judges commented: “The results of Cyberhomes’ work speak for themselves – a tour de force of custom install in every room they reached, creating a smart house that ticks all the boxes of advanced 21st century living and ups the home automation ante…the client couldn’t have asked for more from this team of innovative installers. A truly deserving winner in what was our toughest category to judge, this is what CI is all about!

Cyberhomes work closely with clients, architects, developers, interior designers and M&E consultants from the very start, wherever possible, to integrate control and AV systems with
the overall building design and performance. The Cyberhomes founders have a background in outside-broadcasting technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects. AV racks are built and tested at Cyberhomes’ rack building facility in Thame and all the wiring looms created
in a controlled environment before installation.

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Download the full ‘Smart Home Award Winners’ Press Release

12 Feb 2015

Issued: 12th February 2015

Smart homes technology specialist Cyberhomes has just received the Control4 2015 Award for ‘Most professional AV rack’ at the Integrated Systems Europe Show, Amsterdam.

The award recognises work related to a fully integrated automation and entertainment system designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes in a 12,000 ft2 Surrey house. Cyberhomes Director Andy Mack was at the Amsterdam show on 10th February to receive the award and commented: “We are delighted by this award which acknowledges the company’s ethos of consistent quality, as well as the skill and dedication of our engineers.”

The Cyberhomes founders have a background in outside-broadcasting technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects. The AV racks were built and tested at Cyberhomes’ rack building facility in Thame and all the wiring looms created in a controlled environment before installation.

Careful consideration was given to how all parts of the racks and cabling infrastructure could be accessed for maintenance and future upgrades within the space available at the Surrey house. The plant room houses two full-height equipment racks for the audio and video systems, and two low racks for CCTV and networking. To avoid having to move racks for access, front-mounted power breakers were installed for all equipment and made easily available at the top of the two main racks. This project was also a finalist for ‘Best Dressed Rack’ at the 2014 CEDIA awards.

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Download the full ‘Smart Winners’ Press Release

Energy Efficient Technology

The new Penthouse is situated on the top of two adjacent 1930s apartment blocks in London’s Notting Hill. The Brief asked for a breathtaking open living space that would maximise the available views and be a showcase for cutting edge technology.

A new storey was added to each block, one containing a large, open plan living space with dining room and kitchen and the other the bedrooms. A glass bridge connects the two spaces at high level and a new glazed lift shaft provides private access from a new landscaped courtyard.

The construction consists of a lightweight steel frame incorporating visible lasercut curved stainless steel columns to the perimeter. Custom-made, curved doubleglazed units provide a frameless envelope. Several panels are hydraulically activated to provide full-height ‘gull-wing’ openings. The linking bridge is formed entirely from structural glass.

The internal fittings include a moulded GRP coving providing hidden light fixtures and a new stair formed from reclaimed railway sleepers and hidden LED strips.

Project details

Studio RHE—Contact Richard Hywel Evans

36-37 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8QZ
t 020 7253 5358 | f 020 7253 5359
e rhe@rhe.uk.com | w www.rhe.uk.com

Architect—Studio RHE | Client—Private

Main Contractor—Glanville Projects Ltd
AV specialists—Cyberhomes Ltd
Blinds—Wingspan Solutions Ltd
Photography—Bjarte Retteda

Download the Cyberhomes press release