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Newly refurbished CBD Business Centre in Col-01 now available for rent

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Cargo Boat Development Company PLC (CBD) – an associate company of the Renuka Hotels Group – has completed the refurbishment of its landmark building in Fort. The 38-year-old edifice underwent a Rs.609 million renovation over a period of one and a half years, and is now ready for occupancy by companies looking for contemporary office space in the heart of Colombo’s business district at a very reasonable rent.

The newly-renovated CBD Business Centre holds its prime Fort address at 41 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1; located right opposite the Central Bank and is within walking distance of the World Trade Center. The building notably offers its residents the exclusive advantage of access through both Hospital Street and Janadhipathi Mawatha, with panoramic views overlooking Colombo city, its harbor, Port City, and the ocean. This commercial property is also within close proximity to a number of prominent commercial and state enterprises, major roads, public transport services, restaurants, banks, and other conveniences. Tenants looking for a prominent workplace environment stand to benefit greatly from this central location and accessibility.

The building houses a total of 54,400 sq. ft. of rentable, modern office space spread over 11 floors. Every 5,700 sq. ft. of office floor can be subdivided into two separate office spaces of 2,800 sq. ft, with each half office equipped with three sets of sanitary facilities and a pantry area. The rent is currently being offered at special introductory rates of Rs.195 per sq. ft (+ taxes) for office floors 1 to 9, and Rs.220 per sq. ft (+ taxes) for ground floor.

In addition to new masonry and electrical & plumbing infrastructure throughout the entire building, each floor has undergone significant renovation work and now boasts state-of-the-art and energy efficient central air conditioning and LED lighting systems, with separate electricity, water, and BTU meters for each office. Interior and common area renovations include a refurbished entrance lobby with reception, newly-installed service and passenger elevators, upgraded fire detection and security systems, and a cutting-edge 100% backup generator.

What truly distinguishes the property from other commercial spaces in the Fort area however, is its 36-vehicle capacity car park – 12 at the basement level, and 24 at the ground floor. Additional services include an on-site building management service, 24-hour security, CCTV in the common areas, a fire detection and protection system, and provision for cable internet.

“We have re-launched the CBD Business Centre with a contemporary new look and an upgraded suite of facilities and services,” said Niruja Thambiayah, Managing Director of CBD. “At a time when potential tenants are becoming increasingly discerning about the office space they take, we wanted to ensure that with this refurbishment, we tick all the boxes with respect to design, sustainability, functionality, and convenience.”

The renovation was undertaken by C1 contractor Sanken Construction (Pvt) Ltd, and the design conceptualised by a dedicated team at Avant Garde Urban Design Partnership.

CBD specializes in property development and property rentals and has been operating the industry for nearly 40 years. As part of the Renuka Hotels Group, it is led by several of the same executive directors.

 



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Dialog Enterprise with Fortinet strengthens the security of its Managed SD-WAN Service for Sri Lankan Enterprises

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Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, announced the strengthening of its Flexnet managed SD-WAN service leveraging the Secure SD-WAN solution from Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity with broad and integrated solutions.

Dialog Enterprise pioneered the Sri Lanka’s first Managed SD-WAN service with the release of its Flexnet offering since September 2019. Two years after, most modern organisations are embracing digital acceleration, driving demand for greater agility in networks in order to stay competitive and deliver superior customer experiences. With the scale and variety of cyber threats continuing to grow, Dialog Enterprise enhances its Flexnet service with the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN accelerates network and security convergence, aims at simplifying WAN architecture, and securing work-from-anywhere new normality with embedded ZTNA (zero-trust network access) Access Proxy for explicit per-user application access controls. It delivers integrated security and safer access to internal and external data and applications wherever they are residing, on-premises, or in the cloud.

By integrating Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution to its Flexnet managed SD-WAN service, Dialog Enterprise will enable its customers the ability to cost-effectively eliminate security gaps in their network while gaining the benefits of advanced routing and self-healing WAN capabilities to ensure superior quality of experience for their users, and an increased business uptime. Additionally, an improved connectivity and user experience can be achieved through an integrated security by prioritizing network traffic and reduced latency. As well as the benefit of an integrated security by prioritizing network traffic is achieved by offering, unified thread management, SSL inspection and proactive security threat prevention.

“With the recent shift to remote working, cloud adaptation and SaaS usage accelerating SD-WAN adoption with organizations, many of our customers in the government, finance, retail, services and manufacturing industries will benefit from Dialog Enterprise’s Managed SD-WAN based on the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution. It provides us with an integrated, one-stop management and orchestration console to ensure that connections, configurations, advanced routing features and protections are easily configurable. Being the only Fortinet Managed Security Service Provider in Sri Lanka, we have already been able to provide Secure SDWAN solutions with Fortinet in over 1000 locations across the island.” said Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer – Dialog Enterprise at Dialog Axiata PLC.

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SLT-MOBITEL completes first phase of Amazon Alexa integrations for Home Broadband customers offering exciting digital lifestyles

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The first phase of fully integrating Amazon Alexa for SLT-MOBITEL Home Broadband customers was successfully concluded recently. Now customers can seek help from Amazon’s virtual smart assistant Alexa and obtain a range of information on SLT-MOBITEL services such as Voice, Broadband, PEO TV services etc. ensuring subscribers experience exciting new intelligent built digital lifestyles.

Pictured Dilshan Boteju, Chief Executive Officer of The Connection Workshop, handing over the report on the concluded project to Prabhath Dahanayake, Chief Marketing Officer SLT. Also present were Lathika Weerasinghe, Administrative Coordinator, Anup Silva, Lead Developer Alexa program of The Connection Workshop, Ayoma Wickramaarachchi, Deputy General Manager, Product Development & Management of SLT, Ruwan Rekogama, Engineer-Product Development & Management of SLT.

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Loops wins big at SLIM DIGIS

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Award-winning creative-led integrated marketing agency, Loops Integrated, received 6 recognitions, including a Gold, at the SLIM DIGIS Awards, held on the 25th of January 2022. Loops Integrated received the only Gold DIGI in the Banking and Finance category for Softlogic Invest’s “This Could Be You” campaign, a Silver DIGI in the Performance Marketing category for British Council’s IELTS programme, and another Silver DIGI in the Best Use of Branded Content category for Sri Lankan Airlines. In addition to these three prestigious awards, Loops Integrated also received 3 finalist awards for the Banking & Finance, Performance Marketing and Best Use of Branded Content categories.

Discussing the awards, CEO at Loops, Wasaam Ismail said, “We work with our clients as partners, therefore it’s important to say a big thank you to them for having faith in us and letting us take their campaigns to town. Putting together creative-led campaigns amidst working from home during periodic lockdowns is nothing short of a herculean undertaking, which would not have been possible without our stellar team. Therefore, I must also acknowledge and appreciate our exceptionally talented, committed, dedicated and mind-blowingly fun team here at Loops, without whom none of this would be possible. A big thank you also to SLIM for ensuring that digital marketers in Sri Lanka have a national platform upon which to be recognized.”

The SLIM DIGIS awards is organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and recognizes and celebrates Sri Lanka’s best digital marketing work, innovation and talent. SLIM is the national body for marketing in Sri Lanka and the SLIM DIGIS is among Sri Lanka’s most prestigious awards programmes that recognize innovation and budding talent in the digital marketing space.

Loops is an award-winning Creative Led Integrated Marketing Agency with operations in Sri Lanka, Qatar, Malaysia & Australia. The agency has worked with over 250 brands in 15 countries and has over 50 awards for its efforts in creative and digital excellence, awarded by both international and local bodies. Visit www.loops.lk to learn more.

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