Relocating for Enhanced Communication and Collaboration

Reading, UK

The challenge

The Kinly team was tasked with executing an extensive AV upgrade as part of the relocation and renovation of Bayer’s UK head office. The goal of this project was to drive cultural change and create an agile working environment built on flexibility.

The technology had to reflect the move towards a more agile way of working whilst adhering to corporate standards. Bayer wanted content sharing at the forefront of their business and we wanted to ensure we made that happen for them.

The building boasts more than 60 communal presentation and meeting spaces, with each space linked through to a central control system. These spaces needed to bolster Bayer's image as an innovation driven organisation, whilst enabling an easy user experience.

“Through the tender process, we selected Focus 21, now part of Kinly, as the implementation partner, primarily due to the exceptional attention to details of our specific requirements in their presentation. They went above and beyond in the delivery of the project even when faced with tight timelines and enforced changes.”

Carly Santer
Change Agent for Move Project, Bayer

The solution

We collaborated with MiX consultancy to install a cutting-edge AV system that links the UK business seamlessly with Bayer’s headquarters in Germany. Collaborating with MiX consultancy and the Bayer team, we helped to install a cutting-edge AV system that seamlessly links the UK business with Bayer’s headquarters in Germany. Using the latest in-room management solutions and USB connectivity, we collectively developed a standardised approach to meeting room technology that was simple and intuitive for both colleagues and guests.

Skype-enabled presentation rooms were all equipped with the same technology to give the users the ability to move and work between spaces effortlessly. The setup also includes a Crestron Digital Media Multiform Transmitter, Biamp conference room docking solutions, a Logitech PTZ webcam and Innovox Soundbar. The visuals are presented on NEC LED displays, with 22 rooms featuring screens ranging from 46- to 84-inches.

The building features a restaurant area to cater for working lunches or more formal occasions. We fitted dining booths with 32-inch displays to allow diners to use these spaces to collaborate and share ideas. The restaurant itself now features Cisco video conferencing and data presenting facilities, along with an array of large format displays and a high brightness projector by Christie to bring the space to life.

In addition, the Baylab inspirational space was transformed into an innovative presentation area. The space has multiple inputs controlled by a Creston panel to enable both wired and wireless presenting. An NEC projector, Draper 109-inch screen and SMART interactive panels enable users to make the most of the lab environment.

The result

The project features over 400 endpoints integrated on the client’s network, ranging from video end points, VOIP interfaces, IPTV receivers, touch panels, central controllers and wireless presenting receivers. The outcome is an integrated user experience that has created a cultural change within Bayer UK.

The cultural change for Bayer is clear, the ease of AV connectivity has helped increase productivity, and the signage and branding has provided an office space that the employees are extremely proud of.

Want to get in touch?

Our team are real experts in their field and always have your best interests in mind. They’ll be able to answer any question which might spring to mind at any stage in your relationship with Kinly. So if you’ve got questions already, just get in touch today.

Why Kinly

Bringing people and technology together for better productivity wherever the work happens – because great things happen when people work together.


Dedicated expertise in planning, supplying, integrating and managing AV systems integration and remote collaboration services.


Globally recognised businesses relying on us for secure and flexible meeting and collaboration services.


A leading partner with the world’s top vendors to deliver the best choice of solutions for public and private sector businesses.


An end-to-end provider of workspace transformation services with worldwide presence.


Years Experience




Accredited Specialists

290 M

Annual Turnover


Employees Worldwide


Customer Retention


Global Support


Offices in 11 Countries

Back to top