Aztec completes Princes Dock fit-out for Griffiths & Armour

Mon, November 20th, 2017

Aztec, has completed the fit-out of Griffiths & Armour’s new head office

Fit-out and construction firm, Aztec, has completed the fit-out of Griffiths & Armour’s new 18,500 sq ft head office in Liverpool.

The global insurance broker, which also has offices in Manchester, London and Dublin, has relocated to Princes Dock, a five-storey, Grade A office building adjacent to the River Mersey. Its new HQ provides state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Liverpool’s new Central Docks neighbourhood.

Operating nationally from its headquarters in Liverpool, Aztec is an experienced fit-out and construction company, delivering projects ranging from small works and minor alterations to multi million pound ‘turnkey’ projects. Recent projects include the £250,000 Delivery Centre fit-out for Tata at Birchwood Park and the £1million Avenue HQ fit-out, which is now shortlisted in the Prolific North Inspired Spaces North Awards.

Aztec has created a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also allows Griffiths & Armour’s highly skilled team to work as comfortably and efficiently as possible, on a single floor and within an open space that encourages knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Designed to facilitate different ways of working and encourage movement away from workstations throughout the day, the space comprises a variety of different areas, including video conferencing, a breakfast bar which maximises impressive views over the River Mersey, private meeting rooms, banquet social space, individual lounge chairs and a social collaboration table. Aztec also designed the kitchen to achieve a social as well as functional purpose, encouraging colleagues to chat over a cup of coffee.

Sustainability was also core to the project, with Aztec’s own joinery workshop manufacturing bespoke furniture and fittings with materials from sustainable sources only and engaging Johnsons Moving Services to upcycle and reuse 30 tonnes of furniture from the firm’s previous office at Drury House.

Neal Maxwell, Founder and managing director at Aztec, said: “Princes Dock is a great space, so it was crucial that we did it justice, maximising those fantastic views over the Mersey and the natural light provided by the large windows. Griffiths & Armour were also very clear from the start that the space should be about people – creating an environment where people are comfortable and enjoy spending time, providing a variety of areas to accommodate different working styles, to boost collaboration and productivity.

“Griffiths & Armour recognised 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. Initial feedback has been incredibly positive and I’ve no doubt that the team will continue to thrive in their new home.”

Nicholas Brace, Partner at Griffiths & Armour, said: “The relocation and fit-out has had a significant impact on what was already a very positive, engaged and outward looking team. The configuration of the space has encouraged even closer collaboration across our business and there has been a notable extra spring in people’s step as they go about their day to day work. Our new home has also driven a surge in interest from our clients and insurer partners to visit, which is really positive. We’re delighted with the result.”

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