Southworks by MiddleCap is no ordinary property. Located in central London, it is built upon a series of technologies that seamlessly interact to create a working environment as efficient as it is safe – pushing the standards of “smart” at a time when smart has mattered more than ever.
A building with a ‘digital backbone’
Southworks by MiddleCap is no ordinary property. Located in central London, it is built upon a series of technologies that seamlessly interact to create a working environment as efficient as it is safe – pushing the standards of “smart” at a time when it has mattered more than ever.
Southworks is powered by a network of sensors, serving as a “digital backbone,” powered by Office App’s integrated partner bGrid. This network of sensors is linked to the building’s HVAC system and lighting controls. They also measure environmental variables such as density, occupancy, and noise levels.
The data generated by this network is fed into the building management system, which can then be communicated to occupants and tenants via Office App. From there, Office App users can make use of that information in ways that enable a demand-driven working environment – controlling heating and lighting, for example, or by booking rooms and desks.
“Through our smartphone app, Southworks’ tenants are granted access to all the services and amenities that the building has to offer – all from the palms of their hands,” Ikenna Nweke, Head of Sales for the UK & Ireland at OfficeApp, said.
Communication in the COVID-19 era
The Office App platform also allows Southworks occupants to regulate a COVID-safe environment. Because they have the power to control the parameters of their workspace, with features such as touchless building and elevator access, live occupancy, and environmental and air quality information, occupants can enjoy peace of mind while maintaining a sense of normalcy in their day-to-day routines. Should occupants encounter issues – or just feel they need – they are able to quickly and easily contact Southworks management via the app
Additionally, Office App integrates with Southworks’ visitor management system, which is provided by Forge Bluepoint, alerting tenants when visitors register at reception and issuing instant QR-code access passes.
“Together, Forge Bluepoint and Office App allow for a smart and seamless journey for visitors to and through the Southworks building,” Bastiaan Koekkoek, business development manager at Forge, said. “It adds to the data insights for building management of when and where visitors are going on-site and can help with resource planning, facilities management – and ultimately cost efficiencies.”
Working smart pays off
Southworks is the first building in the UK to be evaluated using the Smart Building Certification (SBC) framework. SBC objectively assesses buildings within six core areas: building usage, user behavior and collaboration, building performance, building environment, integrative design and connectivity, and safety and security.
“From the outset, we wanted our first UK project to present the London office market with a best in class building that really delivers what occupiers need from their workspace today, and in the future,” Tomáš Jurdák, head of real estate at MiddleCap, said.
Consider MiddleCap’s goal achieved. Southworks has received a “Platinum” rating in all areas of the certification – a just reward for its efforts in establishing the building as a technological marvel. The rating also builds a strong case for a higher overall valuation for future office space sales and rentals.
By offering potential office space owners and tenants hard data regarding building usage, performance, and environment MiddleCap is able to prove Southworks’ financial worth. Companies that choose to work within the building are left assured that their investments are wise – and future-proof.
“By harnessing the tremendous technological advances that have been developed in recent years and bringing them together in one building, Southworks raises the bar for offices across London and creates a blueprint for post-COVID workspace,” Tomáš said.