Today is a special day for WeWork, one of Viastak’s favourite clients. It is a year to the day since they opened their eight-storey Moorgate premises in Moor Place, London, covering over 150,000 square feet’s worth of flexible working space. WeWork is an international organisation (currently valued at around $16bn) that provides shared workspaces and services to entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small businesses. Originally founded in the United States, the enterprise has since expanded internationally and opens eight or nine new buildings every month. It was at the Moorgate building that Viastak conducted our most extensive and prestigious audio-visual and technical infrastructure project.
How We Met
Viastak made first contact with WeWork in 2013. At the time, WeWork had established premises on the South Bank in London, where we supported the completion of an infrastructure project that was already underway. We later designed and implemented audio-visual and infrastructure initiatives for office spaces in Soho and Devonshire Square, with the former memorably presenting us with the challenge of an irremovable wooden floor, under which we had planned to install cables! These projects became, in effect, the precursor to a much larger scheme, this time surrounding WeWork’s new Moorgate building.
Moorgate was trickier because of the logistics of the project. It quickly became apparent that we would have to apply to the local council for a new dig into the building, if we were to implement the full extent of the diverse Fibre connectivity required by WeWork. The client had planned to create an open-plan working environment for almost 2000 users, and therefore they required a scalable solution which could automatically adapt to the capacity needed at any one time. Like any business, they required a solution that would be reliable and could guarantee download and upload speed.
WeWork also required audio-visual hardware installed from the third to seventh floors of the building. This comprised display equipment in all meeting rooms and lobbies, facilitating wireless presentations. The project correspondingly included speakers in the lift lobbies, lounges, bathrooms and the impressive open plan area on the seventh floor. With the requisite cabling and connectivity needing to be considered too, WeWork Moorgate presented us with one of our broadest ever workplace developments.
Working meticulously with BNP Paribas, the building management team, Viastak delivered a complete project on time and on budget. Viastak also provided bespoke solutions to extend mobile phone connectivity within the building, and a state-of-the-art DJ sound system – later used to support WeWork’s private launch party headlined by Mark Ronson.
One Year On…
In the year since the Moorgate infrastructure project, Viastak have worked on a number of other London-based projects with WeWork, including their Spitalfields, Aldgate Tower and Chancery Lane buildings. We have also been heavily involved in consultancy work with them overseas – our expertise supporting their technical developments in Europe, North America, Latin America and South America – as they look to open offices on every continent across the globe by the end of 2017. At this point, our relationship is one of trust, and a clear understanding of the culture that WeWork aims to create, and the standards that they expect.
As Viastak have gone from strength to strength in the past year, so have clients of ours such as WeWork, whose dynamism and ambition propelled them into Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list last year. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate WeWork on their one-year anniversary at Moorgate – we trust that they will enjoy the celebrations this evening! – and wish them all the best for the future success of the facility. We look forward to our future collaborations with great anticipation.