The swimming pool floor could be raised to double as a ballroom. However, this meant it was classed as a ‘wet area’, so all sockets have to IP-rated (i.e. waterproof). However, the client didn’t like the look of the IP sockets, so D&T had to come up with a new solution using a high-end finish.
Solution: D&T had to find bespoke solution, which involved literally thinking ‘outside the box’: the sockets were installed in lockable IP-rated boxes and finished flush to the wall but linked to the pool deck. So, when pool deck was in the ‘Up’ position, power would go to sockets, but when the pool deck was ‘Down’, no power went to the sockets.
COLD CATHODE LIGHTING
Back in 2004, before LED strip lighting, a downlight effect was achieved in the cornices using a series of light tubes arranged end-on-end. However, the electrode at the end of each tube blocked out a small portion of light, leaving intermittent shadow gaps.
Solution: D&T had to design special tubes with the manufacturer, where the tube ends bent back on themselves to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing unbroken light finish.
The property boasted impressive wrought iron gates onto which the client wanted to fit a gate access system. However, he didn’t like the standard traffic light system which was normally fitted on brackets to the gate.
Solution: D&T had to find a traffic light entry system that would fit flush between the railings of the existing gate, which had to be retained for listing purposes. As one wasn’t commercially available, D&T used a manufacturer who provided all the bespoke accessories for the job which D&T then fitted flush to the gate.
The main service containment route was through a trench in the basement (it is normally above the ceiling), plus there was a huge amount of services to accommodate.
Solution: Separate mechanical sub-contractors were involved in the project, necessitating very close coordination and cooperation between D&T and the mechanical services.
“Darke and Taylor had to design special tubes with the manufacturer, where the tube ends bent back on themselves to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing unbroken light finish.”