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Having introduced high-speed fibre connectivity to new-builds, NODE has installed its cost-saving system in an existing building for the first time.

NODE’s landlord-controlled fibre network makes retrofit debut

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Karl Tomusk

Manchester-based tech firm NODE has installed its first high-speed fibre network in a retrofitted building, at Galleria in Crawley.

Specialising in landlord-controlled connectivity infrastructure, NODE provides a single, supplier-neutral solution for offices.

Landlords get access to a comms room that hosts the network for the building, giving them a single point of control while providing occupiers with access to ISPs of their choice without the need for potentially expensive wayleaves.

NODE’s involvement at Galleria, a 42,000 sq ft Grade A office refurbishment by Brydell Partners, is the first time the firm has installed its technology in an existing building. Its previous projects, including Manchester’s No. 1 Spinningfields, have been new-build developments or wholesale refurbishments.

Typically, occupiers in multi-let offices choose an ISP, which then secures a wayleave agreement with the landlord to access the space and install cables. Introducing a network that bypasses that need can cut upfront tenant costs by approximately 70% and contract fees over the term of occupation by up to 50%, according to Knight Frank, one of the leasing agents for Galleria.

It also helps avoid potential security issues that can arise from multiple ISPs having access to a multi-tenanted building’s system whenever they need it.

Will Foster, partner at Knight Frank, said: “We have seen increased rental improvement in recent months and the implementation of NODE technology will be a further differentiator for Galleria, providing greater speed and certainty for occupiers, a critical advantage in a fast-moving world.

“We are sure this will drive further interest in the building and hasten the letting of the remaining space.”

The office has about 75% let to tenants including RAPP/Omnicon, Barrington James, Pen Undwriting and Quixant. Only the ground floor remains available.

Christian Anderton, advising principal at NODE, said: “NODE’s commitment to improving fibre specification, responding to modern working practices, recognises the importance of a market-leading connectivity approach to de-risking occupational strategy and supporting asset performance.

“NODE works with landlords to integrate building improvements and customer service as a means to enhanced returns.”

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