rg+p formed in 1979 and have since established themselves as one of the largest and most successful multidisciplinary architectural design, project management and quantity surveying practices in the Midlands.
In 2017, when rg+p was looking to relocate their Leicestershire office, they sought out the expertise of workplace design and fit out specialists, Blueprint Interiors, a key partner of Cinos.
Founded in 2001, Blueprint offer a unique approach to refurbishment projects, tailoring every feature to support their client’s activities and brands. By listening to their client’s objectives, Blueprint transform workplaces into a valuable asset where employees can work smarter and faster.
As well as taking on the refurbishment project, rg+p asked Blueprint to provide recommendations on the best suited technology for key areas in the new office. With an established partnership in place, Blueprint invited Cinos to meet with rg+p to understand the key objectives of their meeting spaces and provide insights on the best suited technologies for these areas.
|The space we have created here with Blueprint and Cinos is all about our future. We are looking long term at how the business is shaped, and the biggest challenge for us is to work together and collaborate better.|
Architectural Director, rg+p
Until the office move, rg+p had primarily collaborated using paper based products such as flip charts. The move to the new office signalled an end to this trend with rg+p looking to transition into the digital workplace. However, due to their late adoption and lack of market knowledge, they needed the expertise and experience of Cinos to advise on what technology would work well in their new spaces.
The new office had some key areas where rg+p wanted technology to replace the flip charts and notebooks which they had been using for so long.
A 15-20-person auditorium style area would be used for team briefings and group collaboration on architectural designs and schematics. Historically this area would have utilised basic tools such as pen, paper and flip charts. However, it was immediately obvious that a large format interactive screen would significantly improve and streamline the collaborative process.
In addition to the auditorium, there were five further meeting spaces; a boardroom, a main meeting room and three smaller breakout areas designed for one-on-one meetings. To work more effectively in teams, and to connect with dispersed third parties, it was agreed a combination of collaboration, conferencing and display technologies would be required. To ensure a smooth transition into the digital workplace and encourage a company-wide adoption, the employed technology needed to be easy-to-use and require minimal user training.
Keeping visitors and employees up to date with the latest company news was of great importance to rg+p. Whilst there are several ways to achieve this, it was decided company updates and information would be delivered courtesy of displays in reception and the canteen. Therefore, Cinos proposed various digital signage options, prioritising easy-to-use systems to ease rg+p’s administrative burden.
The desire to move away from paper based collaboration products led to in-depth discussions on the wide range of content sharing, conferencing and collaboration technologies available. As rg+p was moving into the digital workplace it was important to provide easy-to-use products which still delivered the sophisticated level of collaboration expected for enterprise businesses.
After evaluating a range of technology options, it was agreed that Crestron Mercury would be the core product used in the various meeting spaces. As well as being simple and intuitive to use, Mercury combines all the must-have conferencing and collaboration tools into one device.
The main meeting room would see the most footfall, especially when teams need to connect with remote workers, partners and clients. To accommodate these requirements, Cinos installed the video version of Mercury, complimented by a 55inch LG display.
|The impact of this space on rg+p has been absolutely huge. It’s so different, completely different. Someone described it to me after the first day here as ‘a bit like starting a new job but with everyone you know.|
Architectural Director, rg+p