Sentrel Vertical Cable Balustrade and Pool Fencing has just
been awarded ‘Best New Product - Architectural External & Structural Products’at this year’s Melbourne DesignEX. Australia's
leading design and architecture event presents the best in contemporary and
classic designs. This trade-only event has been at the forefront of the
design and architectural arena for over 20 years.
Sentrel’s designer, Brett Harrison, was unable receive the
award, which was accepted on his behalf by Louise Scott, who was in Melbourne
as part of Sentrel’s Sales and Marketing team. Interior designer and executive
sales manager Jennifer Fair was delighted with the honour, reflecting that a
great deal of hard work had gone on behind the scenes to get the product to the
show. ‘In a product like pool fencing and balustrade, complying with Australian
Standards is essential. The testing is rigorous. Engineer certification and
quality craftsmanship are essential to us. We made it through the process and
the design is still stunning! We love it’.
Jen and her partner Bob Acton, from Byron Bay, first came
into contact with Sentrel by entering and winning a competition for $6,000 of
Sentrel’s Pool Fencing in 2009. Bob is a building designer, so between them
there were a few ‘lively conversations’ about which way to go for pool fencing.
Glass was good-looking but needed cleaning and didn’t let the breezes through,
steel didn’t offer any kind of visual appeal to them as designers and horizontal
cable balustrade has never been legal for pools. They loved the vertical cable
Sentrel product so much they became partners in Sentrel Australia and are
taking the business around the country with their enthusiasm and expertise.
Dean and Anneke Lovell of Bago Woodworks in Wauchope,
manufacture the product, and have also recently come on board as shareholders
in the company. Bago Woodworks is renowned for their quality craftsmanship and
attention to detail, and have been building fine furniture for years. The ‘Best
Product’ award to Sentrel Australia is a testament to small business success in
our state, combining the talents and skills of a design, manufacturing and
sales team across 3 regional areas in New South Wales producing an
Australian-made product using Australian hardwoods. Congratulations to Sentrel!