Aspire powers former Newcastle Building Society for success

The next phase in the transformation of the former head office of Newcastle Building Society is underway with the provision of revolutionary ultrafast internet connectivity throughout the building. Deployed by Aspire Technology Solutions throughout the North East, the ultrafast dedicated connectivity (UDC) boasts some of the fastest speeds available in the country.

Aspire, who are one of the fastest growing IT managed service and cyber security providers in the UK, has won the contract to provide Portland House – the former city centre offices of Newcastle Building Society for 25 years – with a new fibre cable infrastructure as part of a five-figure investment to upgrade internet services.

Aspire have set ambitious plans for improving business connectivity across the North East after a multi-million-pound investment to build their own full fibre North East network, known as Ultrafast Dedicated Connectivity (UDC).

With UDC, Portland House will provide tenants with easily accessible, reliable and cost effective internet connectivity of up to a phenomenal 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s).

The work is part of an ambitious multi-million-pound refurbishment programme being undertaken by Gateshead office fit out consultancy Ultimate Group, transforming the 1990s built offices into 60,000 sq. ft. of modern workspace across five floors in the heart of the city.

Aspire is working alongside WiredScore, which assesses and improves digital connectivity and smart technology within commercial buildings around the world, to achieve a Platinum accreditation for Portland House.

Oliver Holland, one of the developers of Portland House, said: “We are installing the infrastructure for occupiers to access next generation, low latency (<1ms), fully redundant, multi-network internet service which is scalable up to 100 gigabit per second. This provides the fastest speeds and most reliable service available in the country.

“Having a market leading technology spine with the most advanced connectivity available is a crucial part of our vision for Portland House. We are making excellent progress on site ahead of the summer completion and we are extremely encouraged by the enquiries from businesses looking for high quality office accommodation.”

Shaun Richardson, senior account manager at Aspire, added: “Following our investment in the North East’s connectivity infrastructure, we are in the unique position to offer local organisations the fastest connectivity on the market at an affordable price. Portland House is another prestigious project for us. We are proud to be at the forefront of delivering advanced, scalable and high-performance services as part of integrated turnkey solutions to leading organisations, not only in the North East but across the UK.”

The redevelopment of Portland House, situated on Blue Square opposite the Laing Art Gallery, is due for completion in July. The scheme is being marketed by joint letting agents, BNP Paribas Real Estate and Sanderson Weatherall.