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NG Bailey Treats Former 2000AD HQ, South Bank Tower, to Technology Makeover

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NG Bailey’s IT Services Division Secures Intelligent Building Contract for London’s South Bank Tower

Former 2000AD headquarters treated to next generation technology makeover

02 July 2015: NG Bailey’s IT Services division, which specialises in the design, supply, installation, management and maintenance of voice, data and structured cabling solutions to contracting, enterprise and public sector clients, has secured a 12 month contract to design, install, integrate and commission South Bank Tower’s electronic security, telephony and ICT systems onto a single, centrally managed IP backbone.

The contract was awarded to NG Bailey by main contractor Mace, which has been working on the extensive redevelopment works at the site since 2013.

Built in 1972, South Bank Tower was formerly home to IPC Media and was widely depicted in publisher’s flagship science fiction comic, 2000AD, as the ‘nerve centre’ of Tharg the Mighty, the title’s fictional alien editor.

NG Bailey will implement a consolidated network design which integrates best-of-breed elements from four separate systems to create an entirely bespoke solution for the premises. The building’s landlord ICT system and landlord and tenant electronic security system will both be integrated onto a central LAN supported by Cisco Power over Ethernet switches. This will enable each of the network’s end-devices, including door locks, intercom systems, CCTV cameras, IP phones and Wi-Fi access points, to draw power directly over the cabling system, reducing both overall consumption and eliminating the need to install myriad power sockets around the building.

Upon completion of the installation, South Bank Tower will benefit from a purpose-designed, IP-converged electronic security system for access control and intruder detection, coupled with a Wi-Fi data access system and centralised landlord telephony system. A satellite communications system has also been integrated that transmits TV and radio throughout the building into each apartment using fibre optic cabling.

The IP-convergence of these systems is expected to enable considerable savings in both cost and maintenance resources, thanks to the next generation ‘one network’ architecture and the reductions in energy consumption brought about by the innovative Power over Ethernet approach.

Indi Sall, technical director of NG Bailey’s IT Services division, comments: “As the UK’s leading authority on intelligent IP building systems design, implementation and management, our team is perfectly positioned to shepherd South Bank Tower through this journey of transformation.

“We have vast experience in both the legacy analogue systems and the new converged world of IP, so we understand the common technical challenges faced on the road to creating a fully intelligent building infrastructure. It’s a shame Tharg the Mighty is a fictional character; I think he’d approve of what we’re doing to his nerve-centre!”

George Kyriacou, managing director of CIT, the independent private equity real estate business behind South Bank Tower, said: “NG Bailey brought together a number of packages in order to design a solution that best suited the needs of our building. By adopting this no-compromise approach, NG Bailey will enable us to provide an environment that not only saves us money, but also allows the building’s residents to work smarter, more efficiently and more securely than before.

“Once the building is fully commissioned and the systems are fully operational, we can then start transforming the way the building operates, based on data collected from these systems. We expect to use this data to inform management decisions on how the building can operate with greater efficiency, safety and with less negative impact on the environment.”

As part of the deal, South Bank Tower’s IT interface and end devices (apart from its fire and life safety systems and building management system), will be managed by NG Bailey; an arrangement that greatly reduces the number of contractors required after the installation phase is complete, together with the time required to manage them.

About NG Bailey

NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering, IT and facilities services businesses with a deserved reputation for excellence. NG Bailey offers integration from the outset of a project, from planning and design through the supply chain, to off-site manufacture, installation and maintenance. 

NG Bailey has more than 30 years’ experience delivering IT services to many of the UK’s largest organisations NG Bailey offers a fully accredited, end-to-end IT management service and partners with some of the world’s leading ICT vendors including Cisco, Mitel and Brand-Rex. With nationwide coverage, NG Bailey has 16 offices across the UK and offers dedicated client support 24/7/365 days a year via its Customer Service Centre.

As a market leader, the company is committed to offering tailored and innovative solutions and has a proven track record in doing so in a broad range of market sectors. NG Bailey’s 2,500 people are at the heart of the organisation and it is recognised that the company has one of the industry’s foremost apprenticeship schemes. www.ngbailey.com   

About CIT Group

CIT Group is an independent private equity real estate business founded in 1995 operating in the UK and Europe. Since inception CIT has invested £3.0bn in direct real estate globally.

CIT is committed to high quality development, working mainly in central London. They have recently achieved consents in Westminster, Camden, Wandsworth, RBKC and Southwark and also have current schemes in Tower Hamlets and Islington. Developments previously completed by CIT include the GLA headquarters building at More London, Abbey House on Baker Street, and a variety of other projects for a mix of residential, office and retail uses.



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