ONE NEW CHANGE, LONDON
WILL WITH PERKINS+WILL
Will lead the team to create a new 48,000 square foot office for Friends Life at One New Change, Cheapside, London, to accommodate over 300 staff. The £4.3 million fit-out was one of the fastest undertaken under traditional procurement – only five months from start to completion, a week ahead of schedule and three days faster than Google’s London office fit-out.
Following the merger between AXA Insurance and Friends Provident, a new high quality office facility was required for the newly formed Friends Life to act as the national headquarters for general insurance and their executive management team.
The new Friends Life brand is an integral part of the fit-out with live scale graphic elevations in general areas and break-out spaces. The emphasis on statement, client experience and corporate imagery is woven through the design.
Flexibility was a key criterion. The space can work on a 1 desk per person basis or accommodate an agile desking solution, which increases capacity by 20%.
The office environment was designed to look after staff post merger, creating an inspiring work environment that encourages collaboration and communication, to help attract and retain the best staff. Clients are also provided with a quality experience, with a client meeting suite comprising 10 meeting rooms with scope for boardroom dining.
Photography | David Churchill www.davidchurchill.co.uk
DESIGN + STRATEGY