Gateshead KNX Training Academy opens up new opportunities


The opportunity to test his skills on some of the most prestigious homes in the North East is now part of the regular working day for electrician Gary Warne.

Warne, 48, formed his business Kenton House Electricals Limited six years ago with the aim of looking for a niche in the market that differentiated him from the competition.

Based in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, Warne enjoyed projects that were based around the concept of the ‘smart home’ and demonstrated his skill in this area while working on the highly desirable Ramside Developments in Durham.

It was while working at Ramside he made contact with Park Electrical Distributors, which was also providing lighting design. 

Warne said: “It was while I built a relationship with Park that I began to understand the extent of the serious commitment to and level of investment the company was making in KNX, both as a stockist and the training it provided for people wishing to be KNX integrators.

“I quickly decided to pursue this avenue as it would equip me with invaluable new skills around the latest ‘smart homes’ technology and also give me the opportunity to work on larger projects. In a short space of time I have won high end housing projects and I am now also looking to open up the commercial market.”

Established in 1990, Park, which has outlets in Newcastle, Gateshead, Teesside and Sunderland is an independent electrical wholesaler in the North East with four specialist divisions, Lighting Design, Energy Solutions, Industrial Services and Building Technologies.