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To begin with, we ran a workplace consultancy workshop with key stakeholders to understand the drivers of the project and establish what they wanted to achieve with their new workplace.
It’s now interesting to note that the initial consultation was before March 2020.
The Time Utilisation Study we carried out at that time concluded the team didn’t need as much space. Allianz were confident they could successfully reduce the size of their office – and make the space better.
Allianz wanted to create an amazing experience for their people, focused on wellbeing, collaboration and connection.
To do this successfully, they needed a better building for a better workplace experience.
Time was of the essence for all involved in this fast-track eight-week project. To complicate things further, the building also had two other fit-out projects taking place simultaneously. This meant planning and executing logistics with precision to deliver on time.
The first floor was the only floor in the building with a vaulted, high-level ceiling (4m). To address this, we brought features down to a 2.7m level so when you’re in a breakout space or client lounge, it doesn’t feel so vast.
Continuing the drive towards a more intimate and welcoming space, we also treated it with acoustics and put in feature lighting as a key focus.
Achieving the best working environment in this feature-rich building required the utmost creativity, commitment and coordination from our team.
There are two distinct functions of the space: a training area and a secure micro office.
We installed two-folding walls for open-plan meetings and presentations for both functions and a future-proof AV solution to meet their long-term needs. Amazon devices are synced with all hardware for voice activation and control, and each meeting/focus room has independently controlled lighting and scene-setting.
Collaborative spaces, training areas and breakout environments account for most of the 14,000 sq. ft. footprint, with workstations only taking up around half the floor plate.
This new Allianz workplace supports development, growth and learning. Taking lessons and cues from the contemporary world, it’s now ready to meet the challenges of an evolving and adaptable future.