Backbone Connect has been appointed by CBRE Global Investors to provide digital infrastructure for two office assets in the City of London.
Reflecting growing regional demand for digital office services, the business has also been chosen by property developer and investor Charles Street Buildings (CSB) Group to upgrade the connectivity at three of its buildings in Leeds, Leicester and Exeter, totalling 110,000 sq ft of space.
Following a competitive tender process, CBRE Global Investors selected Backbone Connect to supply high-capacity fibre connections and hardware at 1a Bow Lane and 46-48 Bow Lane, close to Mansion House in London. The investment is part of a wider refurbishment by CBRE Global Investors to provide Cat-A+ office space and will support its ‘plug and play’ leasing strategy for the buildings. The pre-installed infrastructure means that floorspace will be ready for tenants to move into immediately, avoiding the need for wayleaves which can delay moving times by several months.
Backbone Connect will also install fibre and Wi-Fi connectivity for CSB Group at its recently constructed 1 Great Central Square in Leicester, contemporary office space in the heart of the city centre. In addition it will deliver connectivity for CSB’s One Sovereign Quay in Leeds and Longbrook House in Exeter. Backbone Connect’s ability to provide connections that support a range of internet providers was an important factor in CSB’s decision to appoint, giving flexibility and freedom of choice for its occupiers. Backbone Connect will also offer ongoing digital support for tenants where appropriate.
Paul Aitken, Business Development Manager at Backbone Connect, says: “As the world of work continues to evolve, good digital infrastructure has become an absolute must-have for office occupiers, whether they are taking space in central London or regional hubs. Organisations like CBRE Global Investors and CSB Group are establishing a new benchmark for the sector and this kind of investment will be more and more crucial for securing tenants in future, giving them peace of mind that their new workplaces can enable the creative, collaborative working they need to succeed.” start. It highlights key pressure points to consider as you move towards a positive, productive, post-Covid future.