Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) unveiled its London Engagement Hub this week, initiating a new phase in modern workplace dynamics. Located in Holborn, the heart of London, this 15,000 square foot facility offers a cohesive multi-purpose space, integrating Zoom’s proprietary technology, and is a response to the increasing demand for hybrid and remote work solutions.
This strategic move caters to over 200 of Zoom’s UK employees, offering them a platform for collaboration and idea-sharing, further reinforcing the global sense of community within the company. The renovated space aligns with Zoom’s innovative workplace approach, ensuring efficient in-person collaborations on designated team days for those residing near the office.
Phil Perry, Head of UK & Ireland at Zoom, remarked, “The modern work paradigm has evolved. We see a growing reliance on platforms like Zoom to uphold the benefits of flexible work. Businesses will increasingly communicate across diverse channels and bridge international collaborations.” Perry emphasized that Zoom’s revamped London office is a testament to their dedication to adapt to this shift.
Zoom’s state-of-the-art London facility has been sectioned into multiple zones, featuring 75 work points. These range from library-like benches, agile collaboration tables, touchdown spaces to conventional desks. With the integrated Zoom workspace reservation tool, these amenities are seamlessly accessible for bookings.
The office boasts the latest Zoom Rooms technology in its meeting areas, accompanied by digital signage, ensuring effortless meetings irrespective of the devices in use. Unique features like Zoom’s Virtual Kiosk have also been incorporated, allowing roles like receptionists to manage their duties remotely.
In its mission to foster both human interaction and digital engagement, the Engagement Hub offers a mix of formal and informal spaces, innovative furniture arrangements, and secluded spots for private calls.
Furthermore, the Executive Briefing Centre (EBC), scheduled to open in early 2024, will serve as a state-of-the-art demonstration area. This facility aims to offer employees, potential clients, and customers an interactive educational experience to enhance business outcomes.
From an environmental perspective, the design of the London Engagement Hub and the forthcoming EBC embodies Zoom’s commitment to sustainability. Their LEED certification stands as testimony to this commitment. Aligning with its core values, Zoom has also partnered with the Nicaraguan women collective Las Tejedoras, NGO Casa Congo, and the global design company Unispace for the Art for Impact initiative. A highlight of this collaboration is a custom tapestry in Zoom’s EBC, crafted from 3,500 plastic bags, symbolizing environmental conservation and societal impact.
Alana Collins, Head of Real Estate & Workplace at Zoom, shared, “Our company’s ethos is people-centric. The London Engagement Hub is a reflection of this, combining the best of virtual and physical worlds to inspire innovation, promote productivity, and accommodate the shifts in modern work.”