Tontine Building Glasgow
The Tontine building – once home to the workshop of the legendary inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist, James Watt – was part of a £1.6 million conversion project expected to inject £53 million into the local Glasgow economy over the next 5 years.
“The space has been designed to reflect the needs and attitudes of young businesses, drawing on the designs of Google’s offices. It offers high levels of IT infrastructure which will allow entrepreneurs to rent a space, plug in and go.” – Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal Cabinet.
SSUK, Scotland’s leading lighting, sound and AV sales company, was sought out by Glasgow City Council due to our specialist skills and experience to help convert the famous building into an industry leading centre of innovation and entrepreneurship. Inspired by Google’s offices, the design provides a high-tech space for up to 300 of the city’s finest entrepreneurs as a key part of the £1.3 billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal. This deal is part of a wider collection of infrastructure deals within the area designed to create a forecasted 43,000 jobs during and after construction and will help maximise cross-fertilisation between growing companies in the city and major multinationals and research programmes situated close by.
SSUK collaborated closely with Glasgow City Council to design and support the creation of high quality and flexible workspaces which would complement the planned breakout booths, networking and meeting areas, office and desk spaces, which will attract around 134 new and established organisations within the sector to the building.
In order to instill a ‘wow factor’ akin to that of Google’s industry leading offices, SSUK supplied AV solutions in the form of a digital visitor management system in reception and an eye catching video wall made up of 4 x LG video wall screens which provide a super narrow bezel, higher brightness uniformity, a 178 degree wide viewing angle as well as high display reliability.
OneLan digital signage installations were placed throughout the building in order to provide the entrepreneurs and visitors with specific information. Further to these additions, meeting rooms were also equipped with LG large format display screens, video conferencing capabilities, and Barco Clickshare wireless presentation systems. An SSUK designed audio package was also provided in the form of ceiling speakers, amplifiers, input plates and controls.
“The nature of the Tontine is to support and sustain the development of high-growth companies in the enabling of technology, advanced design and manufacturing , and creative economy sectors with between 5-10 employees” – Glasgow City Council.