ISG has been awarded the fit out contract for the Fenchurch Street offices of QBE Business Insurance, a leading insurer and risk management partner for the Construction sector.
The multi-phased scheme sees ISG upgrade and enhance QBE’s existing first and second floor office space, approximately 100,000 sq ft of accommodation, at the 16-storey Plantation Place building at 30 Fenchurch Street. By reconfiguring the space, ISG will increase capacity without extending the original floorplates, enabling QBE to relocate staff from other offices in the capital to its UK headquarters.
QBE will remain in occupation of the building throughout the duration of the project, with careful phasing minimising the impact of work on day-to-day operations. The first phases involve the strip out and fit out of the second floor space and comprehensive upgrade of mechanical and electrical services infrastructure. ISG will create a new high specification reception area and deliver a mix of open plan office space, meeting rooms and collaborative areas.
On completion, staff will vacate the first floor and ISG will deliver the final phase of the scheme, stripping out the existing accommodation and providing modern open plan office space and a high-specification client meeting suite, with advanced audio visual and conferencing facilities. All floor and ceiling finishes will be replaced as part of the scheme, with new welfare facilities and tea and coffee points introduced.
Matt Blowers, managing director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business, commented:
“Maintaining business continuity is critical in live environment office projects, especially when complex services infrastructure is being upgraded. Every project is unique and customers have a distinct set of requirements when remaining in occupation. We work extremely hard to understand these key business drivers and develop a robust programme that delivers for each and every circumstance.”