DURATION ON SITE
Interior design & Build
18,500 SQ FT
Griffiths & Armour is a global insurance broker. Headquartered in Liverpool, the firm also has offices in Manchester, Dublin and London. Following continued growth, Griffiths & Armour needed to relocate its headquarters to provide more space for its growing team.
The management team called on Aztec for support with the relocation and fit-out – with more than 30 years’ experience within the commercial property market, along with his well-known adoration of his home city of Liverpool, Aztec MD Neal Maxwell was the only man for the job.
Following a comprehensive process the decision was made to take 18,500 sq ft at Princes Dock – a five-storey, Grade A office building adjacent to the River Mersey, providing state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Liverpool’s new Central Docks neighbourhood.
The new office provided an ideal blank canvas from which Aztec could create a space that was aesthetically impressive, comfortable for employees and would deliver benefit where it matters – on the bottom line.
Griffiths & Armour was very clear from the start that the space should be about people – creating an environment where people are comfortable and enjoy spending time, with a variety of areas to accommodate different working styles. The business understood that the modern office shouldn’t be created using a one-size-fits-all approach, but with a bespoke solution tailored to their own team and how they prefer to work.
The creation of the initial concepts was a consultative process that saw Aztec work closely with a ‘working group’ of Griffiths & Armour employees, the insights from which contributed to the delivery of a space designed with their needs in mind; a space that allows them to perform to the best of their ability.
Key to the solution was the variety of spaces, bringing movement and fluidity into the office environment throughout the day, removing the need for staff to be tethered to a single desk, making their time in the office more enjoyable and boosting productivity. Aztec incorporated a variety of spaces, including hot desks, meeting rooms and private workspace, along with comfortable, informal places to read a newspaper or enjoy a coffee. The kitchen area was deigned to replicate the ‘water cooler effect’, creating a social space for its team of 130, making interaction between separate teams much more frequent.
In terms of external visitors to the office, client attraction and retention is crucial, so making a good first impression was also fundamental to the design of the office. The meeting spaces Aztec created encompasses several elements, including private booths, banquet social space, individual lounge chairs and a social collaboration table. The breakfast bar – “The View” – showcases the vista across the Mersey river and is a space designed for use by staff and clients, both for formal meetings and social events.
Sustainability was also key to the brief – Aztec’s own joinery workshop provided bespoke furniture and fittings, with materials from sustainable sources only. The team also engaged Johnson’s Moving Services to upcycle and reuse 30 tonnes of furniture from the firm’s old office.
Aztec has created an impressive office space designed to deliver results.
Griffiths & Armour saw a sustained increase in productivity within weeks of moving into its new home, while HR has seen an influx of applications from potential candidates. Maximising natural light and incredible views over Liverpool waterfront, partners have noted a ‘spring in everyone’s step’ and a noticeable improvement in morale.
“The fit-out has had a significant and positive impact on the mood in our business. The configuration of the space has unified the team and improved our energy levels and productivity. It has also driven a surge in interest from our clients and insurer partners during their visits, which is really positive. We’re delighted with the result.”
Nicholas Brace, partner at Griffiths & Armour