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How has technology influenced the IQL?

How is the International Quarter London development making use of new technology? Watch this video to find out.
My name’s Gilbert Yule. I’m the Estates Director here at IQL. Technology’s quite high up on our agenda. All the data that we can now collect can be stored. And trying to understand exactly how we can use all that data, that’s not only being collected on the estate, but collected through the Met Office and so on, is quite precise. So we’re using that information to make sure that we’re not being wasteful in the environment going forward. And it’s any information that goes, as far as how moist is the soil, when’s it next going to rain. So if it’s raining this afternoon, we won’t water on our usual programme.
And we’ll be far more environmentally– and we’ll save costs that way as well. We’ll also schedule the replacements of simple things, like the luminaires on the estate. We’ll schedule them on a periodical basis. Where we were replacing lamps before that didn’t need replacing, this data that we can collect from them, of how much they’ve actually been used, not an assumption of usage, can actually mean that those lamps can stay in place longer. Our waste is reduced. And our costs are reduced, because the lamps are far more efficient.
But in one of our other sites, we’re looking at Pavegen, which is actually– uses the impact of your foot onto a pavement, onto a paved area in the public realm, to create energy. So somebody walking across that area would create enough energy to light up a 5-amp energy efficient bulb. So number one, it gets people thinking about how much energy is generated through activity and where it goes to. And once it’s captured, it’s gone again. But number two, we have the football here. So we have 60,000 people coming both ways, 120,000 people, plus the 6 million people who visit the park, all going through our development. But we’re not only using it from that point of view.
We’re also trying to get the tenants and local community engaged with AR. And it might not be a marketing tool, but it has collateral that means people are interested on the development. So we’re looking at something called farmAR, so farm-A-R. And the idea of that is that you collect seeds. And we have the actual planters in the public realm, which again, help with our phasing, help to break down the hoardings and so on, and so forth. So you buy seeds. You plant the seeds. And you have to nurture those seeds. You have to come back and visit. You can look through augmented reality and see where your plant’s grown true. Does it need water?
Did you not give it enough nurture? Has it died? Do you need to buy more seeds, and so on and so forth. So we’re making it playful. But we’re also using it as a marketing tool to actually project, onto people’s phones, what the future development will look like. My name’s Nick Clifford. I’m the Leasing Manager at IQL, International Quarter London. So my role is, specifically, to go and try and source new tenants. We are running a project at the moment where we’re putting all of IQL into effective virtual reality game. So it’s the same technology you’d get on your Xbox. But we’re putting our whole development into that. And that will serve a multitude of functions.
We’re using that technology to help us design buildings, help us actually change things quickly and easily in a virtual world, rather than having to build it and then take it down again. But importantly, we’re also using that technology to go and engage with tenants. So the part that is difficult when you’re pre-letting a building is getting a tenant to visualise the space and actually see what they’re going to get. In the past, we’ve used CGIs, which have been very useful, or plans that we get from architects.
But the ability now to be able to, effectively, drive around your building or manoeuvre as you see fit, and have that 3D model, and you can walk into floors, go up into lifts, come out, see how atriums work, is really, really valuable. You can take the technology wherever you want it to go. And you need to be quite disciplined in what you do with it. The tenant moving into one of our buildings is quite keen to use it as a staff engagement tool.
And there’s talks of actually having games where they hide figures of their CEO in the building, and you’ve got to try and find them, just to get people engaged with where their office is going to be, or doing quite creative things with how their desks layout might be on the floor. So you can do quite a lot with it. It’s having knowledge of what can be done and what can’t be done and actually tailoring it to the purpose that you’re looking to use it for. Our role as developers is to try and enable anything within reason, and then see what tenants do, and try and work with them.
The exciting bit it is getting to try all these things out and seeing which work and which doesn’t. And you might just stumble on the next pioneering thing, which would be really exciting.

Now that you’ve explored how technology has influenced your development and those selected by other learners, let’s consider how technology is used at the International Quarter London.

Watch Gilbert Yule, Estate Director, and Nick Clifford, Leasing Manager at the International Quarter London, explain how new developments in technology are improving the quality of buildings and changing the way they are managed.

You may like to have your notes from Step 2.11 and tick-off those issues from your list that are also relevant to the IQL development.

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