IT company secures contract for former building society HQ

IT managed service and cyber security providers Aspire Technology Solutions has secured a contract to provide the former head office of Newcastle Building Society with ultrafast internet connectivity.

The company will provide Portland House with a new fibre cable infrastructure as part of a five-figure investment to upgrade internet services.

Aspire has outlined its plans to improve business connectivity across the region, following a multimillion-pound investment to build its own full fibre North East network known as Ultrafast Dedicated Connectivity (UDC).

Portland House will provide tenants with internet connectivity of up to 100 gigabit per second.

The work is part of a refurbishment programme being undertaken by Gateshead-based office fit out consultancy Ultimate Group, which will transform the 1990s built offices into 60,000 sq ft of workspace across five floors.

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: “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.