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Kirkstall Forge joins Empire State Building in digital connectivity statusNumber One Kirkstall Forge has become the first ever commercial building in Yorkshire, and one of 40 buildings in the UK, to be awarded Wired Platinum certification by the digital connectivity rating company WiredScore. The accreditation acts as a trusted benchmark for technological capacity and infrastructure resilience and connectivity.
The bronze framed 110,000 sq ft Number One Kirkstall Forge has scored Platinum – the highest possible level – and enters an elite club of iconic buildings which includes the Empire State Building in America, The Shard in London, and MediaCityUK, Salford.
Platinum is best in class and only accounts for around 10% of buildings worldwide.
It is the first time a Leeds building has secured the Platinum rating, in fact very few buildings in the north of England have achieved the accolade.
Its Platinum rating highlights that world-class technology infrastructure has been installed, setting the standard for innovative and progressive landlords.
William Newton, President & EMEA MD at WiredScore said: “CEG has dedicated itself to providing an exceptional lived experience for Kirkstall Forge's future tenants, demonstrated by the Wired Certified Platinum rating.
“The team was really committed to making sure the building was designed with the best connectivity features to meet their tenants’ immediate and future needs.
“Kirkstall Forge was designed in a unique way to guarantee full physical diversity and protection, with redundant cabling routes and secure containment in the premises. This is truly a fantastic achievement.”
The news has been welcomed by the city which is bidding to become a pilot 5G city.
Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for resources and strategy Councillor James Lewis said: “It is fantastic news that the new office building at Kirkstall Forge has won this prestigious accolade, putting it alongside globally iconic buildings such as the Shard in London and the Empire State Building in New York.
“This is in line with our ambitions for Leeds to have world-leading digital connectivity through full fibre networks and 5G.
“With fast rail services from the new station to Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton and Bradford, and the new City Connect cycle superhighway there has been increasing awareness of Kirkstall Forge's superb transport connectivity.
“This is combined with state-of-the-art digital connectivity, reflecting the way people increasingly live and work."
BQ Live, 19 October 2017
Editor: Chris Middleton
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