Glide Residential, the leading provider of managed internet services and Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™) to the residential sector, have teamed up with Kingsford Estates on one of the first Build to Rent (BTR) developments in Scotland. The McDonald Road development in Edinburgh sees an old office building converted into 74 luxury apartments, due for completion in Summer 2017.

Kingsford Estates, with a background in providing a serviced office model, are applying the shared community work space model to the residential experience, and have development plans for another 10 sites within the next 5-10 years.

Kingsford Estates are helping to influence the ongoing trend of community living in BTR, aiming to provide a mixed audience including young professionals, older professionals and international students with somewhere to work, live and play. As Charles Bingham from Kingsford Estates outlines, “If you don’t get on with your neighbours you’ll go and live somewhere else. If you feel part of a community of like-minded people you’ll be more likely to stay and feel at home. Key to this community living will be the role of ‘Community Manager’, who will place a huge focus on building a culture within the building and drive forward an events programme to help bring residents together. Building a community makes happier residents.”

The design and functionality of the building also contributes towards creating an inclusive environment for all residents, with the site offering a gym, residents’ club room and bar, private dining room, community garden with a BBQ, and even a roof terrace for residents to meet up. This perfectly fuses busy city life with the peaceful neighbourhood feel of the suburbs. Believing that time is the most valuable asset to a contemporary young professional, Kingsford Estates also offer a full concierge service and all-inclusive bills for their residents.

Glide Residential’s fully managed service offering fits well with this all-inclusive model. Charles Bingham added, “Kingsford Estates are adamant that our residents must have internet connectivity from the day they move in. We felt that Glide Residential were the only provider to guarantee this service. We were impressed with their unique broadband roadmap, and they scored highly on all 4 of our hierarchy of needs: cost, customer support, speed and product.”

At Glide Residential, we are experts at delivering managed internet services to the Build to Rent sector, and have developed products and services to answer the demands of developers, landlords and their tenants. Our Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™) sets our service apart in the sector by offering a faster and simpler way to cable your building, adding rental value and making significant operational cost savings. With SFI™, your building is effectively future-proofed for the next 30-40 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting, door entry, and smart metering.

SFI™ utilises the VertiCasa™ cable system from Prysmian which is designed specifically to bring optical fibre directly to residents, providing a fast and flexible means of connecting users.

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™)

Glide Residential’s SFI™ is a full fibre, landlord broadband solution that provides a fast and simple way to cable a building, specifically designed for the build-to-rent (BTR) sector. With SFI™, buildings are future-proofed for the next 25 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many smart technology services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting and heating, door entry, CCTV, digital signage, smart metering, and SkyQ. SFI™ helps add rental value, whilst reducing operational costs, and is designed with developers, landlords, and their residents in mind.

Managed Internet Service

With Glide Residential, you can also benefit from a fully managed internet service for private rented residents and fully managed internet solutions. What this means is everything is managed from the cabling, to launch, to ongoing 24/7/365 support. Complete managed broadband services from a single provider. The network is monitored around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly, and each customer has their own dedicated service manager as one single point of contact to provide everything you need.

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