Brief
Create a space promoting communication and collaboration, connecting global offices for leading biotechnology and pharmaceuticals company Bayer’s new UK HQ. The technology had to reflect the move towards a more agile way of working whilst adhering to corporate standards and putting content sharing at the forefront of the specification process. 
Key Features
•    Connecting over 400 devices on the client network
•    ‘Townhall’ space equipped as separate meeting areas and one large presentation space
•    Dedicated huddle spaces and meeting rooms on every floor
•    Re-use of technologies from previous system where suitable
•    Working to a tight timeframe in combination with other facilities


Solution
We collaborated with MiX consultancy to install a cutting edge AV system that links the business seamlessly with Bayer’s headquarters in Germany. The building boasts more than 60 communal, presentation and meeting spaces with each space equipped through to a Central Crestron control system. These needed to be versatile while retain ease of use and bolstered the image of Bayer as an innovation driven Life Science organization. 

Skype enabled presentation rooms each feature the same technology set ups so users can easily move between spaces. This includes a Crestron Digital Media Multiform Transmitter, Biamp conference room docking solutions, a Logitech PTZ webcam and Innovox Soundbar. The visuals are presented on NEC LED displays, with 15 rooms featuring a 46”, three a 55”, three a 70” and one an 84” display. 

The building also includes a restaurant area to cater for working lunches or more formal occasions. Dining booths are enabled with 32” displays from NEC, while the restaurant itself features Cisco video conferencing and data presenting facilities along with an array of 46” NEC 46” NEC displays and a Christie Projector to bring the space to life.

The Baylab Inspirational Space has been equipped with an NEC projector, Draper 109”screen for innovation presentations and SMART Kapp IQ Pro screens for interactive presentation facilities in this lab environment, with multiple inputs controlled by a Creston panel enabling both wired and wireless presenting. 

The project features over 400 endpoints integrated onto the client’s network ranging from video end points, VOIP interfaces, IPTV receivers, touch panels, central controllers and wireless presenting receivers. 


Results
The focus has been to enable flexible working within the Bayer office environment and allow for a fluid and versatile environment. 

Glynn Seymour, Team Lead: Digital & Infrastructure at Bayer commented;

“Through the tender process we selected Focus 21 as the implementation partner, primarily due to the exceptional attention to details of our specific requirements in their presentation. They went above and beyond in the delivery of the project even when faced with tight timelines and enforced changes.

“We are now engaged in a long term support relationship, and look forward to the new business demands with confidence.”