Origin Workspace (Origin) is a brand new coworking space which opened in Berkeley Square, Bristol in the spring of 2019. The £8 million renovation of the building has resulted in 42,000 square feet of coworking space, only a quarter of a mile from the city centre. Origin also has a roof terrace with stunning views of South and Central Bristol. It has been designed to accommodate freelancers, contractors and business owners seeking an inspiring environment in which to work.
Origin had no prior experience regarding the complex technology required to create a co-working business space, however, they knew that they must deliver state-of-the-art facilities where businesses can operate efficiently in this digital age.
After a lot of research, they appointed Blackstar Solutions (Blackstar) as their technology and telecoms provider. Blackstar was not only local but, more importantly, they have an established reputation as a trusted, experienced provider offering excellent customer support.
High-speed internet connectivity, security and resilience were the top priorities for Origin, and that is exactly what Blackstar delivered.
Blackstar has also deployed Mitel’s on-premise and hosted telephony solutions, ranging from inbound call handling and call reporting to fully-featured unified communications.
“The level of service provided by Blackstar is outstanding. They have a really good, well-balanced team. Seamless handover from sales to operations to aftercare – this makes them stand out.”
Blackstar supports Origin on a Monday-Friday support contract but the workspace is available to members 24/7. There is no single point of failure (N + 1 resilient firewalls and switching with a good overlay of access points), so if one of the switches goes down, the other one automatically takes over.
Steve Henson, Accounts Lead at Blackstar Solutions, commented,
“Origin Workspace is all about wellbeing, collaboration space and networking. Blackstar have been proud to play a part in the £8 million redevelopment project, transforming Origin Workspace into Bristol’s most contemporary coworking space. We were responsible for deploying the entire data and telecommunications infrastructure throughout the building, ensuring that everything, from WiFi to video conferencing, was in place.”