IDE Group provide Bournemouth Hilton with future-proof connectivity.
With constantly increasing tourist visitors, a premier league football team, a top university, and its new status as the UK’s fastest-growing digital economy, it’s no wonder that Hilton, one of the world’s largest hotel and resort brands, decided to invest more than £60m on a brand new development in Bournemouth.
Having selected a prime site right in the centre of the town with stunning coastal views, they chose renowned development company THAT Group to manage the huge construction project of the new Bournemouth Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels.
Sitting perfectly alongside the innovative design and technological industries within the area, the development dominates the skyline with its very own Sky Bar and high-specification apartments, together with eight unique meeting spaces and one of the largest ballrooms in Bournemouth.
THAT Group are a privately owned property group specialising in the development of mixed-use town centre projects. They took control of the gargantuan architectural project from the very start and were responsible for everything down to the very last design detail. Naturally, they considered fast, secure, and reliable connectivity to be a key priority for the hotels’ success.
The property group were faced with the challenge of matching the significant connectivity demands of the building to their high standards, quickly recognising that they needed to secure private fibre links in order to deliver huge capacity and future proof both hotels for many years to come.
THAT Group didn’t just want adequate connectivity for this development, they wanted to exceed the expectations of business and private guests, aspiring to deliver the best-connected building in Bournemouth. Their vision was for The Hilton and Hampton by Hilton to offer fast, scalable bandwidth connectivity in all areas of the complex, not just limited to specific communal areas. Once the construction was underway, THAT Group needed innovative and efficient solutions to get the installations completed before the construction site turned into the four-star complex that it is today.
IDE Group completed the complex fibre dig as planned, installing dedicated equipment within their privately owned data centre to terminate the new links and connect them directly to the internet. The project took three months and was complete in time for the press launch.
Today, the Hilton and Hampton by Hilton have the capability to easily connect 10Gb or more of capacity directly into the building, taking advantage of a truly future proof solution that is able to compete with any location on connectivity. IDE Group’s fibre footprint has also been expanded and many other businesses in Bournemouth on this new fibre route now have the option to increase their business potential using private fibre leased lines.
“Together with the support of Bournemouth Borough Council, The Hilton, and our contractors, Concept Solutions People, this project has demonstrated IDE Group’s passion and commitment to vastly improve the internet infrastructure within our local community. Ultra-fast connection speeds from an entry of 100Mbps right up to 40Gbps are now available in Bournemouth and a number of local businesses are already benefitting from our investment. Connection to IDE Group’s network is now quick and easy for those businesses on this new fibre route from Bournemouth Town Centre to our Data Centre at Westbourne and then onto the internet.”