Hamilton’s Hartland G2 collection balances modern day living and Victorian grandeur in luxury seafront development.
Built in the early 1870s, Kings House in Hove, was originally a terrace of large houses but has now been meticulously refurbished into 69 luxurious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses.
During its time, this Grade II listed building with uninterrupted sea views, has transformed from residential properties into a hotel, a base for the Royal Navy in WWII, and into commercial offices, but in 2017 developer Mortar Nova Grand Avenue purchased it with the aim of restoring it to its former residential grandeur.
Mortar Nova Grand Avenues tasked Portsmouth-based electrical contractor MR Electrical to source and install electrical wiring accessories that would balance the requirements of the development’s form and function, while adhering to the high-quality finish expected of such prestigious accommodation. The solution should provide accents of the past, while delivering residents the functionality and convenience of a modern solution.
MR Electrical selected Hamilton Litestat and its electrical wiring solutions having used the British brand and its comprehensive range for prestige projects in the past.
Hamilton’s Hartland G2 design was chosen for its high quality and contemporary screwless finish. Its highly engineered design means that it is a simple and practical ‘push-to-fit’ solution that is also competitively priced due to streamlined components.
To combine the contemporary design with the period property aesthetic, Hartland G2 switch plates and sockets were used in an Antique Brass finish with black inserts, complementing the brass fixtures used throughout the luxurious development, such as door, cupboard and window furniture, as well as the bathroom fixtures and fittings.
Available in a wide range of configurations Hartland G2 2-Gang Double Pole Switched Sockets were positioned in convenient locations throughout each apartment.
Beside the beds and in the lounge areas of the higher specification properties, the functionality of the dual switched sockets was upgraded to incorporate 2.4A USB Ultra charging outlets. Meanwhile, lighting is controlled throughout with a mixture of 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-Gang Rocker Switch Plates in the same finish of Antique Brass with black inserts.
Each kitchen features an antique-styled mirrored splashback. Installed within these splashbacks are two double switched sockets and a 2-Gang 2-Way Grid Plate that controls the integrated strip LED lighting that illuminates the kitchen units. The apartments with larger kitchen areas feature 3- and 4-Gang Grid Plates to control the additional electrical requirements for the space, such as fans, pelmet lights, downlights and island pendants.
The advantage of Hamilton’s Grid solution being the vast module option available, so the plate could be tailored to an apartment’s exact specification.
In both the Residents’ Lounge and each apartment lounge, EuroFix media plates were installed, which include a TV+FM/DAB+SAT1+SAT2 Quadplexer. There is also a RJ45 CAT6 outlet for internet access. The same media plate is also installed in bedrooms that feature a plasma television facing the master bed.
Graham Wiggins, Technical Director at MR Electrical, said: “Hamilton has always been our go-to supplier when providing prestige wiring accessory options to our clients. As a British company, it manufactures extremely high-quality products, and its customer service team is always supportive when it comes to finding the right solution – or even a bespoke one – for a project. In the case of Kings House, we selected the Hartland G2 range as it is a high-quality, push-to-fit plate design that is easy to install. The comprehensive Grid-IT and EuroFix range meant that we could also tailor the plates for each of the apartment specifications, as well as fulfil all the needs of the Residents’ Lounge. We are delighted to see how well the accessories integrate with the appearance and style of the apartments.”
Alan Coleman, Co-Director of Mortar Nova Grand Avenue, added: “We’re thrilled to have been able to bring Kings House back to its former glory – restoring its original features and upgrading to modern living standards. The attention to detail has been scrupulous, and thanks go to MR Electrical and Hamilton for ensuring that the electrical wiring accessories provided the perfect functionality and finishing touch. MR Electrical was brilliant in its planning and execution, and the final finish is exactly what we were after. The switch plates and sockets provide the sleek, contemporary look and modern functionality in a heritage finish; perfectly complementing the look we aimed to achieve in Kings House.”