Aiming high with Allianz

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Deliver a flagship Manchester office to support Allianz’s new flexible working strategy and provide an amazing employee experience.


Logistics were considered, planned and executed with precision to deliver this fast-track project within just eight weeks.


A state-of-the-art workplace ready to meet the challenges of an evolving future, supporting development, growth and learning.
The breakout space in the Allianz Manchester office
Person walking along the welcome area of the Allianz Manchester office
Private work booths in the Allianz Manchester office
A meeting space in the Allianz Manchester office
The breakout space with a ping pong table in the Allianz Manchester office
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Allianz wanted to move their flagship office into a building that could support their new flexible working strategy. We designed and built the new workspace, with a much quicker turnaround than a company of their size is historically used to.

Everything begins with insight

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.

One shot drone tour of Allianz Manchester offices

The COVID effect

After we completed the engagement exercises, the world was put on pause by COVID. Allianz placed complete emphasis on home working while they re-evaluated their strategy.

The greatest testament to the initial pre-COVID designs for the new workplace was that they didn’t need to be changed. Everything was already focused on being agile.

Design demands decisions

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.

Variety of workspaces in the Allianz Manchester office
One of the coffee points in the Allianz Manchester office

Meeting the challenge

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.

An office with purpose

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.

Good to go

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.

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