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30 St Mary Axe (known previously as the Swiss Re Building), informally known as The Gherkin, is a commercial skyscraper in the City of London’s primary financial district. It provides highly flexible spaces and outstanding views of London. It is an iconic part of the of the London skyline with its blue cigar-like shape providing a sharp contrast as it rises above familiar sights such as Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients.
The client required a variety of technologies including video conferencing, video streaming, audio distribution and complex control in a multitude of varying spaces on the 9th floor of the building. These technologies were to be deployed to create bespoke scalable collaboration and presentation spaces with simple functionality for the end user.
Exterity, Biamp, Bowers & Wilkins, Monitor Audio, Green Hippo, Shure, AKG, Clock, Televic, Cloud, AMX, Extron, Barco, Panasonic & NEC provided the technologies that handled digital signage, video conferencing, presentations, streaming, room scheduling and room control in all meeting rooms, seminar spaces and public areas.
One of the largest challenges of the project was the conference space; the space is a dual ended room with a dividing wall encircled with perimeter glazing.
The client’s vision was to have a space that was truly versatile in what it could deliver to the user; One that could even be divided to provide even greater scope for facilitating multiple events simultaneously.
The Boardroom is a more formal setup, with Dual 86” Displays, Dual Camera VC with Speaker Track, Wall & Ceiling Speakers & Gooseneck Table microphones, Full room control & Switching from AMX.
Dual Screen Cisco Video Conferencing system with dual speaker tracking camera. Table microphones are supplied for vocal capture when using the audio or video conferencing systems. Audio consists of front facing program audio with ceiling speaker reinforcement. The meeting table is equipped with laptop wired connectivity. All presentation points are also able to be shared with the Far end whilst on a video call. All equipment, including the lighting is controlled using a touch panel control system consisting of 10″ customised interface panel. Centralised equipment is housed in a rack inside the AV Cupboard behind the displays.
The end result of this unique space is a sleek modern design consisting of multiple huddle spaces, conference rooms and a large boardroom, as well as seminar overflow space, all integrated with video conferencing, video streaming, and cutting-edge control systems.
In coordination with their new digital network, the AVC installation allows Swiss Re’s staff to collaborate with their counterparts in Switzerland and around the globe with ease. In order to ensure the system operates at its optimum ability, a service contract with AVC were included as part of the installation completion.
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Location: 30 St Mary Axe, London
Scope: Dual ended conference room with a dividing wall with an over-flow seminar space – large boardroom – 2 large meeting rooms & 6 medium meeting rooms