The Foundry is a an Edwardian industrial building originally built in 1902, which in 2014 underwent a £12million project to totally rebuild and transform it into a leading centre for Social Change organisations in the UK.
Managed by the Ethical Property Company, the building boasts 25 tenants within its 2,900m² of office space, a conference hall and six meeting rooms, exhibition space and a cafe.
As part of the development, Ethical IT won a competitive process to manage the installation of a communal telephony system and internet access. The installation was based on templates from approx 15 other Ethical Property Company charity office buildings around the UK.We were responsible for the design, supply and delivery of every aspect of the voice, data and audio visual systems in the building – a process that was highly complex and involved coordinating multiple contractors, the client themselves and the lead building firm delivering the engineering works to rebuild the centre.
A new communal internet service was installed, based on a 1,000Mb Fibre Leased Line, giving 99.97% up time guarantee, backed by Service Level Agreement. Alongside this service, we designed and implemented a VOIP Phone System based on the AVAYA IP Office platform. Finally, a full audio visual solution was installed into all meeting rooms and the conference hall, to give the building a professional AV Suite suitable for all occasions. This included a 16ft conference projector, multi-source sound and music system, wireless microphones and LCD screens, all integrated into the building’s shell during the construction phase.
The building opened in September 2014 and we continue to provide basic support to tenants while also now have agreements with several tenants who have taken up additional leased line internet services for their own private connections.