Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications products, services and solutions. They were awarded an Emergency Services Network (ESN) contract by the Government in 2015, and then acquired Airwave, the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world, in 2016. As a result, Motorola Solutions are now responsible for the running of seamless communication networks, applications and services for organisations including Transport for London and the Police, Ambulance and Fire Rescue Services.
Area have worked with Motorola Solutions over the past five years to meet their business requirements, by expanding their data centres. When Motorola Solutions made the decision to sell their existing building in Basingstoke, they wanted to relocate their staff to offices in Rugby, Hemel Hempstead, Victoria in London and Slough.
Working with project manager CBRE, Area were tasked with delivering the roll-out of their new facilities, starting with their workplace in Slough which needed to include a training centre and test-labs.
Due to the complexity and tight timescales of the project rollout, a dedicated Area team was enlisted to oversee the continuity of the project. Before the project commenced, the team worked closely with the client, and were involved with Motorola Solutions’ internal meetings to advise what was and wasn’t achievable within the given timescales.
Due to the complexity and importance of the products that Motorola Solutions provide, the Slough facility comprises a large training centre, which includes a series of test-lab facilities. Its function is to teach staff how to problem solve server issues which may arise in the day-to-day running of the data centres. As a result of an abundance of racking and cabling infrastructure being installed within the training facility, extensive work was put into reinforcing the floor to withstand the weight of it. Area also worked closely with the training department to ensure the electrical infrastructure and AV worked sufficiently for their requirements.
The workspace also provides an open-plan working environment with a series of formal and informal meeting facilities, and a breakout space for staff.