This was a complex project owing to the client’s changing requirements as the specification was enhanced. Ian’s remarkable breadth of knowledge and willingness enabled him to do a superb job on a complex project. Ian thinks ahead and his naturally helpful approach allows him to find a constructive way through the trickiest issues to the satisfaction of all the parties.
Keith Brown – Project Manager
Ian was instrumental in the exponential growth and development of Zedbox manufacture and design. Ian worked with strategy and hard work, both practically and intellectually. He galvanised his team and peers with enthusiasm and an eye for detail.
Charlie Dalton, Zedbox.
We are delighted that we had Ian as our AV designer and specialist installer for our high spec new build home. We brought him in at the very beginning for which we are so thankful. He produced a considerate and sympathetic design and installation with an eye on aesthetics and detail. Ian guided us through the whole process and the finished installation really does meet our needs. Without his proactive input and advice we could easily have not achieved such an excellent result and it could have cost us a lot more. After the initial completion of the project, Ian gave us excellent technical and advisory support for the operation of the system.
Thereafter he has helped us with quick responses for technical support. He has advised and worked with us on our subsequent projects at our property including the new orangery and converting our basement into a wine cellar. Having Ian’s input has made the difference between us living in a great building to living in an exceptional building which we now do. We would not hesitate to consult Ian on any future projects and we can’t recommend him highly enough.
Helen and Panos Kakoullis, Brentwood, Essex
Ian offered an AV package alongside security and CCTV, gate entry, lighting, Wi-Fi and external audio for our recently purchased family home. He provided specific and comprehensive advice and price information on what could be retrospectively installed. During the installation some additional changes were made in which Ian was involved to provide careful and aesthetically pleasing design layouts to the furniture which improve our family accommodation.
He was able to provide us with low cost changes which dramatically enhanced the flow and geometry of the rooms without having to knock walls down. Ian provides a really high quality cost effective service. He can envision the potential of spaces and then help his clients achieve this. I look forward to working with Ian on my subsequent projects.
James & Sophie Teasel, Wickham Bishops
I have known Ian for several years and I am delighted to use him on my projects. He is able to support me when working in the role of ‘project architect’ by developing my initial discussions with clients. He has great technical expertise and flair and approaches his work in a collaborative way. He works hard to understand the needs of his clients often teasing out from them what they actually want and then providing cost effective solutions. By bringing him at the earliest stages of the project, clients are able to have exactly what they want and for costs caused by unnecessary changes to be eliminated. It also means projects are finished earlier than otherwise would happen.
Jeremy Sheppard, Sheppard & Co, Huntingdon
Ian Rae is a very talented audio-visual and lighting professional with considerable design flair to develop a scheme which is sensitive to the architecture of a building. He provided the design of a fully integrated domestic audio-visual and lighting solution for my home and has supported it well for the past four years.
My wife and I recently undertook a major project to refurbish our kitchen and dining room into a new living space. Ian involved himself pro-actively in the architectural design phase to ensure audio-visual and lighting expertise was incorporated into the project from the outset. This allowed for an optimum final result and added tremendous value in the specification and installation of the customised audio-visual, lighting and automated blinds systems. The audio-visual demand was particularly complex drawing together both legacy and new control systems and integrating many different source media. In parallel, Ian specified and sourced a very sympathetic external lighting solution for our driveway and external house lighting, including the commissioning and manufacture of two bespoke gatepost lamps which match perfectly the rest of the solution.
Subsequently Ian has successfully integrated an Amazon “Alexa” interface into the overall scheme giving us voice control of many commonly used features. Ian has great judgement in what will ‘work’ in a given architectural context and I would turn to him without hesitation for any future work of this nature.
Peter David, Woking, Surrey
Ian has worked with us as the AV specialist on a number of our contracts. In one project where we were the main contractor, a major new private residence, owing to changes and increased complexity Ian was appointed at a late stage in the planning of a project. Ian provided proactive advice to the client and liaised closely to develop the lighting design layout to cope with the new features that were added. Ian gave a lot of AV consultancy support to the client by advising on budget costings, technical options and design layout of furniture. He more than fulfilled his brief and added significant value to the project by assisting in the coordination of the AV and electrical aspects of the project. The great thing about Ian is that he does not work in an AV silo but interfaces with related disciplines which really adds value to the project. I recommend Ian to any main contractor looking for a AV expert who is proactive and is a genuine collaborative member of the project team.
Patrick Foster, Managing Director, Noble & Taylor
Ian was brought in as a lighting consultant with a fresh pair of eyes to advise on the lighting and layout of our retail shop in Ixworth as we were expanding our business. He surprised us by the breadth of his advice and his vision which initially took us by surprise. We are glad to have taken his advice which has helped to open up our shop and connect more effectively with passing trade. His contribution has had several unexpected benefits and we would recommend Ian to other retail businesses looking to enhance the customer experience of their retail premises.
Roy and Hilary Pearce, Pearce’s Pins, Ixworth