In August 2018, AVMI was appointed as this financial institution’s AV partner to consult, design and deliver AV solutions across a number of floors in its London HQ located in the heart of the City of London.
Following plans to optimise its London property portfolio, all staff were to be relocated to 1 of 4 offices for the business to move to a new and more agile way of working. The main objective of the refit was to transform and improve the way in which employee’s and other stakeholders work, collaborate and communicate with each other both in and out of the office.
Working closely with the appointed architects, project manager, building contractor as well as the client, over 110 technical specialists at AVMI helped bring the client’s workplace of the future to life using AVIXA standards.
Our client was on a very tight schedule and needed prompt options for consideration and choice. The ground floor conference centre and auditorium quickly became the focus for design input on the best way to use one video wall with repeater screens throughout the space.
AVMI helped to redesign and redefine the auditorium by suggesting the main video wall spin 90 degrees, providing space for an additional 2 video walls and negating the need for any repeater screens. This option offered a much more inclusive experience for all participants whilst still considering best practise guidelines.
The ground floor area now consists of a divisible 300-person auditorium and milling area used for internal and external client events. The auditorium has three 4.6m x 2.6m Absen LED screens, which perfectly match the viewing distance for even the furthest viewer. The space has the capability of being divided into;
• three individual spaces of up to 100 people
• two individual spaces seating up to 200 in one space and 100 people in the other
• one 300-seat space
Careful consideration of the sound, lighting system and cameras in the event space was needed, to maintain the aesthetics of the ceiling scape and avoidance of noise pollution to other business critical nearby workspaces.
The 15 ground floor meeting rooms, designed for technology to be as discreet as possible are used for client meetings and fine dining experiences. Particular attention was paid to avoid meeting table peripherals such as microphones or laptop connectors and cables in the client meeting rooms. There are no equipment racks installed, with all equipment installed behind the display, in the ceiling, or below the meeting table.
The third floor was designed to be a highly collaborative and agile environment supporting a wide range of activities across the floor, whilst accommodating for quiet areas. The ‘Living Rooms’ consist of a co-working hub, 15 meeting rooms, two ad-hoc use bleacher theatres, a café and a terrace. The space is a WiFi only environment with no assigned workstations, giving employees the flexibility to choose where they want to work. The technology is driven by a bespoke Zoom solution where staff can easily present, collaborate, and communicate at a click of a button.
Integration with Zoom was something that needed very careful thought as it was the first hybrid deployment that Zoom had delivered in the UK. With security being a major focal point, AVMI had to think of how to create solutions that could cater for customers as well as employees, whilst also thinking about the different devices they would bring with them.
FOURTH AND SEVENTH FLOOR
These two floors with various sized meeting rooms ranging from 4 to 30 seats were designed for the client’s leadership suite. The technology delivers the highest quality performance to ensure the experience is as seamless as possible.
By combining technology with design, this financial institution now has a building that offers its employee’s, client’s and other stakeholders a completely flexible and collaborative way of working.
Every floor in the building has been carefully designed using AVIXA standards, providing everyone with an exceptional user experience. The technology is so easy to use throughout that utilisation has increased from 65% to 90%.
By transforming the initial design of the auditorium AVMI completely changed the way in which the auditorium could operate. The space has become so popular that is it almost impossible to get a slot. In addition, the client is also seeing ROI from being able to bring events in-house.
Our client now has a solution that is changing the way in which people interact with each other, both in and out of the office. Not only is the solution suitable for today but it is also suitable for many years to come.