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60 new jobs for Northern Ireland firm that installs technology at luxury London hotels

By John Mulgrew

Published 01/08/2016

Clear AV managing director Philip Dowds
Clear AV managing director Philip Dowds
Claridge’s, a five-star hotel in London, where Clear AV developed an automated lights system

A Co Antrim firm which installs top-end tech at luxury hotels across London is creating 60 new jobs as part of its latest expansion.

Lisburn firm Clear AV, which has added a London office to its Northern Ireland base, is currently working on around 45 installation projects throughout the capital.

Some of the projects it's working on range from £10m to £100m in value.

The new jobs will mean the company's workforce growing to three times its size. It currently has 30 staff.

Some of its clients include developers, design teams and interior designers as well as luxury brands such as Claridge's, Hilton Hotel Group, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy and W hotel.

The company started off 25 years ago installing television aerials, before branching out into modern technology, including iPad-controlled television and room systems.

It has developed an automated lighting system for Mayfair's five-star hotel Claridge's.

Managing director Philip Dowds said its systems "provide our clients with amazing experiences every day, whether it's by creating the perfect dramatic lighting scene in the kitchen for entertaining friends, the perfect temperature in the master bedroom, an emotional connection to the music playing in the living space or by transforming a standard room into a fully immersive theatre at the touch of a button".

He added: "In the luxury commercial sector we install similar technologically complex projects that are controlled using a simple interface on a customised iPad that we have developed in collaboration with Apple. These devices function differently from a standard iPad and enable users to control every aspect of the room, from TV and audio to climate and access."

Mr Dowds said he expects to create the 60 new jobs by 2020, and grow his pool of contractor-support as Clear AV steps up its activities in London.

"We're a hungry, ambitious and driven team who have been fortunate to work on some of the most prestigious commercial and residential projects in London - especially over the past three years or so. We are renowned for delivering complex, high-end projects on time every time.

"Our business has evolved in line with our sector and we are currently finalising an exciting re-brand."

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