Stockport Homes was formed in 2005 with a mission to manage housing stock across Stockport on behalf of the town’s council and it later became the umbrella ‘Stockport Homes Group’ when its Three Sixty and Viaduct trading and development companies were incorporated. The Group has a management agreement with Stockport Council that ensures the organisation will continue to manage property and provide social housing across the region until 2042.
Stockport Homes Group moved their HQ to the new 54,500 sq.ft., four-storey Cornerstone office building in Stockport town centre. Designed by AEW Architects to house over 400 employees, it has set new levels of design standards for office buildings in Stockport.
Following a favourable recommendation by a neighbouring housing association, proAV tendered to the client and were commissioned to deliver AV technology across its meeting and community spaces including building-wide digital signage, projection, audio and wireless presentation and collaboration systems.
Cornerstone is a large commercial office building that occupies a prominent town centre location and its AV solution needed to reflect the organisation’s social integrity and profile as a forward-thinking housing provider to its workforce and visitors.
The client articulated the key challenges the project would present to proAV:
‘The breadth of requirements was such that Stockport Homes needed an audio visual partner who could design, install and support our vision whilst working to very aggressive timescales’.
Central to the success of this project would be proAV’s ability to design a solution that would be innovative and fluid as people move into different spaces around the building.
proAV’s solution comprised a building-wide AV scheme that focussed on projection, digital signage, presentation and collaboration which would revolutionise the Group’s adoption of agile working, hot desking and public and private meeting spaces.
In terms of signage, a number of digital displays on each floor stream public information content to visitors and employees while three large displays in the ground floor reception space project content to passers-by.
Upstairs, a series of meeting rooms, presentation spaces, brainstorm hubs and a boardroom house dedicated wireless collaboration systems with fixed and mobile displays to provide a versatile AV network that can be easily adapted to serve other areas.
Key technologies include Barco Clickshare and Crestron switching and control with iPad Air 2 tablets. The digital signage, TV server and room booking systems are all from Onelan.
John Chambers, Head of IT, Stockport Homes Group
Having completed a similar project for another local housing provider, proAV was familiar with the needs of a client in this industry and designed the scheme around its requirement for seamless, public-facing interaction and enhanced workplace agility and unity.
Cornerstone is now a cutting-edge facility in which employees and visitors share flexible collaboration and presentation spaces, motivational meeting areas and coherent, customised corporate and public information messaging.