Our client is a successful Lloyd’s of London syndicate and part of a long-established mutual insurance business.  They provide their clients with specialist knowledge, continuity and security across many classes of business from crop reinsurance through to marine, casualty and other speciality risks.

Having outgrown their longstanding home in Gracechurch Street, our client wanted a new, larger space in the City of London designed as a Destination Workplace; an agile hub where staff can collaborate and wellbeing is front of mind.


Shortlisting a number of prime spaces within their search area, our client chose a 20,000sqft space within an iconic building only a stone’s throw from Lloyd’s of London. The space spanned two floors and had a pre-existing fit-out which had to be stripped completely before work could begin on the new space. Designed for the future, the new space had to provide a transformative workplace experience where staff would feel comfortable and connected by incorporating innovative furniture solutions and state-of-the-art technology.


Gathering the data on staff occupancy and ways-of-working enabled the design team to commit the 7000sqft 1st floor area to the broker lounge and meeting room suite while the balance of space on the 2nd floor would be dedicated to open desking, hot offices, touchdown booths, a library and a large breakout area to accommodate fifty people. Entering the space via the main reception area, the reception desk sweeps you into the space and reflects the shape of the atrium and the building radii. Understated finishes create a clean and sophisticated look while the lighting celebrates and enhances the feature mullions. The primary desking areas are contemporary and on brand with optional sit-stand desks and ergonomic seating creating a clean, flexible and modern working environment. Directional fabrics have been used on the desk screens to inject some colour and energy into the space. Accessing the broker lounge via a newly designed and installed architectural staircase, a suite of acoustic booths provides a backdrop to the stairs and additional flexible meeting spaces. Halo lighting has been repeated from the reception linking the two floors together and providing design consistency across the space. Warm timber flooring creates a functional and cytological break from the reception and an atmosphere conducive to quiet and focused work. The breakout area is deliberately spacious and includes a range of different furniture types to give everyone choice about how they use the space. Partitioning in the breakout mimics the partitioning in the client suite to allow the free flow of natural light and a tree has been included to add some drama and to diffuse sound.


The entire space is flexible and futureproof and provides a clean, contemporary and premium quality aesthetic which portrays our client’s brand and market position.