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Allianz

Fast track fit-out of a new London HQ building for an international finance company. The new accommodation comprises office space, a commercial kitchen, a coffee bar, staff canteen, a fine dining suite and a fully resilient data and communications room

The Vision

To consolidate 600 staff from a number of offices into one new London HQ building which provides high quality space for employees as well as suitable space for client entertainment. The facility is an extension of their brand ethos and values and exudes quality.

To improve communications internally and externally by using comprehensive audio-visual installation across all floors including video-conferencing and electronic meeting room booking systems. To achieve occupation within a fixed time period in order to accommodate the vacation date for one of the existing floors.

Our Role

In order to meet the challenging programme, we adopted a two-stage procurement process with the contractor being appointed prior to the completion of the design. We managed the fast track design development process, ensuring that Allianz’s global standards were adhered to. We provided extensive liaison with IT, on-site specialist joinery and building services in order to manage the integration of all IT and audio-visual systems.

We also liaised with the landlord representative and took overall responsibility for the management of change and control of cost to ensure the programme could be met within budget and Allianz’s objectives were delivered. Allianz had developed a global property standard which set out the concept and elements of detailed design which they wished to apply to their buildings worldwide. We were responsible for incorporating these requirements into the evolving detailed design for 60 Gracechurch Street. This involved careful handling of a number of cultural and communication issues to ensure that the London based teams achieved their aspirations within the overall standard set from Germany.

Key Information

Client:
Allianz - 60 Gracechurch Street
Size:
145,000 sq ft
Location:
London
Architect:
Carey Jones Champan Tolcher
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Employers Agent:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
Robinson Low Francis
M&E Engineer:
Couch Perry & Wilkes