Q. Talk to us about the biggest change in office technology for your new office and how this has changed the way you work?
A. Going wireless has been a game-changer. Our previous office was flood wired, but at Bridgewater House we are totally wireless, with the infrastructure to back it up we are now 100% cloud-based.
Our bandwidth is monitored from our head office in Amsterdam; If there’s one part of the office that is using more than another, our off-site IT team can increase or decrease any area. All of our offices have the same system, whether it be Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, London, Boston, New York, we can monitor usage and how best to manage the bandwidth, allowing us to ensure everyone has a smoother working experience.
Q. With technology moving so quickly, how have you ensured Bridgewater House is futureproofed?
A. One of the main ways we are looking to do this is by getting a hardwire broadband connection. We currently have a dish on the roof, plus a backup dish. We are now waiting for the Council to improve the infrastructure so we can upgrade to a fibre connection. This will be a big focus for us to ensure we have the best possible speeds going forward.
Q. How important do you feel universal rating schemes such as Wired Score and Smart Building Certificates will be to occupiers going forward? Will these scores be important to you when choosing future spaces?
A. Absolutely, it’s important that a building is well connected. It’s certainly a tick in the box and one less thing to worry about when choosing an office if you know the building has good connectivity.