The days of having the luxury of specifically allocated spaces for different functions are disappearing, as much in the hired venue market as in the workplace.
Whilst the growth in demand for hired conferencing space is high, it’s a very competitive market and venues need to be smart about the way they create and market multi user and multi functional spaces.
One of the main challenges is the different technical ability of the users of such venues. Simplicity, ease of use, familiar design and interfaces are crucial considerations for any installed technology solution, allowing users to feel confident in using the systems no matter how technology literate they are.
As a minimum these types of spaces demand:-
- a large format display, preferably with interactivity
- the ability to present wirelessly from any device
- a conferencing system
- a room booking system
- lighting and room control
- an audio solution
- furniture integrated technology
A great example of a venue embracing this approach is Easthampstead Park, a Grade II listed Victorian mansion in Berkshire. It is a stunning conference and wedding venue surrounded by parkland, catering for all types of business and private functions. The need to offer functionality using the latest technology that is incredibly easy to use for staff, guests, users, presenters and even wedding officials was important, see the full case study.
According to Stewart Neil, Operations Manager for Easthampstead Park, “The equipment in all our meeting rooms works – first time, every time. This is critical for our clients. They can work and present in the way that is most comfortable to them, rather than being tied to one location or option, due to the technology.”
What technology in your work place or learning space, challenges your users? Set the Reflex technical team the challenge of creating a solution to help your organisation with its workspace usability? #ChallengeReflex