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Today Derwent London and WiredScore, the digital connectivity rating scheme, are announcing that the White Collar Factory EC1 has secured the UK’s first Wired Certified Platinum for Development & Redevelopment rating bringing world-class connectivity to Old Street Roundabout.

White Collar Factory will provide 237,000 sq ft of new office space, with high ceilings, abundant natural light and natural ventilation. It is already attracting a wide range of top quality businesses to the Old Street area with 60 per cent pre-let to Adobe, AKT II, BGL, Capital One and The Office Group. The development is due for completion in Q4 2016.

Wired Certification was launched by the Mayor of London in November. It acts as a trusted mark for buildings independently certified as providing leading-edge digital infrastructure. This gives greater transparency to tenants before signing a lease and provides landlords with the necessary insights to improve their buildings’ connectivity standards.

The Wired Certified Platinum for Development & Redevelopment rating at White Collar Factory is part of a broader initiative from Derwent London, who are pursuing Wired Certification on 18 properties across their portfolio, providing information and transparency about quality connectivity and latest technology infrastructure to their tenants. The Group’s aim is to deliver the best internet connectivity on all its properties.

Philippa Davies, Leasing Surveyor, Derwent London commented:

“With so many tenants working in the creative and digital industries, providing world-class connectivity and infrastructure is vital to enable entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. We brought fibre into the building to ensure White Collar Factory is equipped with premium connectivity in an area of London often criticised for poor broadband.

“WiredScore’s independent connectivity accreditation allows us to highlight the first class levels of connectivity at White Collar Factory and sets the standard for innovative and progressive landlords who hope to attract top businesses in London’s booming digital economy.”

William Newton, UK director, WiredScore said:

“Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the growth of London’s digital economy. That’s why it’s critical that businesses are offered independent intelligence into the standards of connectivity in prospective office spaces.

“It is great to see the likes of Derwent London understanding and prioritising the digital needs of tenants at White Collar Factory and other buildings in their portfolio. Providing insight into a building’s connectivity from the development stage helps landlords and project managers embed and improve technology infrastructure from the earliest stages of design”.

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