Beacon Capital Partners, British Land, Derwent London, Greater London Authority, Land Securities, The Canary Wharf Group, and Stanhope Among the Landlords Whose London Buildings Have Earned Wired Certification for Superior Connectivity
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- Oct 22, 2015 -- WiredScore announced today the launch of the Connectivity Ratings Scheme, an initiative developed in partnership with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, that is designed to boost connectivity across London using the trusted Wired Certification programme. In conjunction with this launch, ten notable London buildings have achieved Wired Certification, the international standard developed by WiredScore that distinguishes best-in-class Internet connectivity in office buildings.
Fast, reliable Internet connectivity is crucial to support the growth of London businesses and the UK economy. The Wired Certification programme offers an unprecedented tool that recognises commercial buildings that have achieved top-notch technology infrastructure. By distinguishing buildings with the best tech capabilities, Wired Certification makes information about Internet connectivity more transparent than ever before, enabling commercial buildings to benchmark themselves against a single standard and upgrade their offerings and allowing businesses to identify the best buildings in which to grow.
"My Connectivity Ratings Scheme launched in partnership with WiredScore will not only help businesses to identify where they can achieve the best broadband speeds, it will encourage landlords to up their game in the connectivity stakes," said the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP. "By working to deliver world-class affordable connectivity for everyone we are ensuring that London has the digital infrastructure in place to stay ahead of our competitors."
As part of the Mayor's initiatives to provide better and stronger Internet connections to every Londoner, WiredScore was selected to implement the Connectivity Ratings Scheme, using their trusted Wired Certification standard. In the US alone, more than 400 buildings totalling nearly 200 million square feet have earned the Wired Certified stamp of approval, demonstrating industry demand for strong connectivity and the success of the Wired Certification standard in evaluating the connectivity and tech infrastructure of commercial buildings.
"Our mission at WiredScore is to create a world that is better connected and bring the importance of connectivity to the forefront of the global commercial real estate industry," said William Newton, WiredScore's UK Director. "We are thrilled to work with the Mayor as part of his extraordinary efforts to propel London's technological advancements. With a global marketplace that is dependent on fast, reliable Internet, investing in connectivity means investing in the future of London businesses."
The forward-thinking property owners whose buildings have already achieved Wired Certification include some of London's biggest names:
- Beacon Capital Partners - CityPoint
- British Land & Oxford Properties - The Leadenhall Building
- Derwent London - Johnson Building, Morelands Building, Tea Building, The Buckley Building
- Greater London Authority - London City Hall
- Land Securities & The Canary Wharf Group - 20 Fenchurch St
- Land Securities - 62 Buckingham Gate, One New Change
- Stanhope Plc. - Broadcast Centre at White City Place
"We are honoured that CityPoint is the first office building in London to be Wired Certified and achieved a Gold rating," said Sara Shank, managing director at Beacon Capital Partners. "We are proud that 90% of our buildings have earned a Wired Certified rating of Silver or higher. Our goal is to provide our tenants with the highest quality services and ensure optimum levels of connectivity so that they can conduct business effectively."
"British Land and Oxford Properties are proud to have achieved a Platinum Connectivity Rating for The Leadenhall Building," said David Lockyer, head of office asset management at British Land. "It is important for London as a whole to have world-class connectivity, in keeping with its rapidly growing reputation as one of the world's great tech hubs."
"Oxford Properties believes that outstanding connectivity is one of the key occupier criteria for accommodation in today's ever shrinking global business environment," said Chris Carter Keall, vice president and head of asset management at Oxford Properties Group Europe. "We are confident that the work we have undertaken with our Partner, British Land, on The Leadenhall Building will ensure that the asset is considered as one of the best connected environments for our occupiers. We are also delighted to support the Mayor of London in championing this new and exciting initiative for London and believe that it will continue to show the city as a world leader."
"In a competitive real estate market, one feature of our properties is their high-quality tech features," said Simon Taylor, head of asset management at Derwent London. "Our occupiers benefit from the availability of robust Internet connectivity. Wired Certification is a very effective way to demonstrate the superior tech capabilities of our buildings."
"We're really pleased that 20 Fenchurch Street, One New Change and 62 Buckingham Gate are among the first buildings in London to be surveyed by WiredScore and awarded the highest levels of certification," said Kaela Fenn-Smith, head of commercial at Land Securities. "Land Securities is proud of the technical resilience incorporated into our base building design as standard and support the roll-out of an independent, standardised rating which will help our future customers make informed decisions about their offices' digital connectivity."
"Stanhope is committed to providing world-class office space across London," said Henry Williams, director at Stanhope. "We are proud that Broadcast Centre at White City Place is among the first buildings in London to be awarded the Platinum Wired Certified seal, demonstrating our commitment to providing the first class IT connectivity and tech infrastructure that businesses need."
To achieve Wired Certification, buildings must meet a rigorous set of standards developed in conjunction with the top minds in the telecom and property industries. These standards include the number and quality of internet service providers, the bandwidth capabilities, and the reliability of connections based on the building's infrastructure.
WiredScore powers the economic engine of cities around the world by championing cutting-edge tech infrastructure in commercial buildings. Launched in 2013 in partnership with the City of New York, WiredScore is the pioneer behind the international Wired Certification standard that evaluates and distinguishes best-in-class Internet connectivity in commercial buildings. Connectivity is a critical need in an increasingly tech-driven economy, and the widely recognized Wired Certification seal is a trusted symbol that signals buildings that have been independently certified to provide the leading-edge Internet infrastructure that businesses require to thrive. More than 400 properties -- totaling 185 million square feet of office space across 30 cities in the US -- have achieved Wired Certification through providing superior tech capabilities for their tenants. WiredScore has collaborated with the Greater London Authority to bring its trusted, world-renowned Wired Certification program to the UK. For more information on earning Wired Certification or to find Wired Certified buildings, visit: http://wiredscore.london/
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