Black and White Building

Partnering with Fora (formerly known as The Office Group), Opem undertook a project to introduce advanced security solutions at the Black and White Building. By employing Salto SPACE software and digital keyless access methods, the initiative aimed to seamlessly integrate user-friendly security features, enhancing building management while preserving the upscale aesthetic of the flexible workspace.

INTRODUCING FORA AT THE BLACK AND WHITE BUILDING

Fora, the consumer-facing brand of The Office Group (TOG), is renowned for providing flexible workspace solutions across London, the UK, and Germany. With over 60 unique workspaces, they cater to businesses of all sizes. 

The Black & White Building, standing as central London’s tallest mass timber office structure, epitomises sustainable workspace innovation. Constructed by TOG with nearly two decades of expertise, it boasts 100% renewable energy sources, reduced embodied carbon, and is designed for future reusability, making it a beacon of eco-friendly architecture.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Opem’s established collaboration with Fora positioned them as the natural choice for the project at The Black and White Building. Entrusted with implementing sophisticated security solutions, Opem aimed to interconnect all building locations using advanced technology to bolster operational efficiency. This entailed seamlessly integrating smart building systems to enhance overall management, achieved through the installation of CCTV and SALTO SPACE access control system.

TECHNOLOGY USED

Salto SPACE

Seamless Connected Operations: Enables smarter building management.

User-Centred Web-Based Management: Provides enhanced control and integrates seamlessly with existing operations.

Access Methods

Digital Keyless Convenience: Facilitates easier access for staff, users, and visitors with options including smartphones (iOS and Android), smart credentials, and PIN codes.

Hardware

Reliable and Wireless: Features a smart, modern design that is easy to install and maintain, avoiding the cost and complexity of traditional mechanical access solutions.

Installed Solutions

CCTV
Salto SPACE Access Control 

THE CHALLENGE

The primary challenge revolved around implementing an access control solution that effectively complemented Fora’s upscale building design. The goal was to develop unobtrusive security features that seamlessly melded with the building’s aesthetic.

Working alongside Opem Security for the past eight years has been a testament to the strength of our partnership. As the Group Head of Facilities for The Office Group, I can confidently say that Opem is not just a supplier but a vital part of our day-to-day operations Opem has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of our security needs and has provided innovative solutions that align seamlessly with our evolving requirements. Their commitment to excellence and reliability has made them a key player in our long-term security strategy. In an industry where trust is paramount, Opem has proven time and again to be a partner we can depend on. The longevity of our relationship is a testament to their unwavering dedication and the value they bring to The Office Group. Their commitment to excellence has been a driving force behind our successful 360 security operation model.

ALEX WALTERS | GROUP HEAD OF FACILITIES AT THE OFFICE GROUP

THE RESULTS

Project Highlights:

  • Successful Integration: Achieved high-end security solutions blending functionality with aesthetics.
  • Enhanced Building Management: Leveraged smart technology for superior building management.

Through the amalgamation of advanced security systems and cutting-edge technology, Opem fashioned a secure, user-friendly environment that upheld the sophisticated ambience of the Black and White Building. This initiative not only bolstered workspace operational efficiency but also ensured that security features seamlessly harmonised with the building’s overall aesthetic.

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