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About us

Established in 2004 by current owner Nick Gale, Design Innovation was set up to offer a complete one stop shop for technology in the home and commercial buildings. Being an Electrical Engineer with 20 years experience in the professional sound, lighting and AV industry, he recognised the need for a company that could offer a complete solution encompassing all aspects of smart home technology and commercial building controls and energy management.

Based in Nottingham, Design Innovation are ideally placed to serve the a large area of the UK.  Giving free initial advice and consultation, we can be as technical as you would like, offering anything from CPD presentations to Building Professionals such as consultants and architects, through to Jargon free advice to the reluctant technophobe.  As part of our installation package we offer training to the entire household or staff, and telephone support is available.

Our services are available in a number of levels:

Consultancy – detailed design and specification of building controls and AV distribution systems, including fully layered CAD drawings and tender specification documents.  Lighting design services are also available.

Design, Installation & Commissioning – full step by step support from design concept through to final commissioning and personalisation of your systems, and training of users.

Maintenance – ongoing support for installations to include regular maintenance, programming changes and future upgrades.
These services are available whether you are looking at a single room such as a home cinema conversion, or full home automation in a large residency, right through to developing a multiple dwelling unit.

Design Innovation is a forward looking company and believes in investing in people and systems to deliver a first rate, efficient service to its customers.  We believe in using open protocols where possible and making all our installations future proof to give our customers the best long-term experience. We prefer to assemble and pre-programme offsite in our workshop, allowing us to build and test in the best possible environment and make the most efficient use of time on site.

In 2014 Design Innovation celebrated 10 years of working in the Home Automation industry. Click below to see how we’ve grown in the last decade.

About us

Meet the Team

Nick Gale, Owner and Director

Nick started Design Innovation in 2004 after 20 years of engineering experience in the professional sound, lighting and AV industry. With a real passion for technology Nick keeps his feet firmly on the ground as the company grows and loves to keep up to date with all the new developments in Building Control and Home Automation.

Nick lives in Nottingham with his wife and 2 daughters.

James Baker, Technical Director

James became part of the Design Innovation team in 2011 after 8 years at Halfords as a Sales Manager. James has learned about all the technologies we use from an Engineer level, and now as Technical Director he leads the technical team in delivering the best of breed, innovative solutions to our customers.

Outside work James’ passion is cars and he loves Go Karting. Feel free to challenge him to a race, but fair warning, he’s a demon on the track!