Fit-out specialist was tasked with the project for Griffiths & Armour’s new 18,500 sq ft office in Princes Dock next to the River Mersey, to where G&A has moved from nearby Water Street. Tony McDonough reports
Specialist Liverpool fit-out firm Aztec has completed a major upgrade on the new city headquarters of global insurance broker Griffiths & Armour.
Aztec was tasked with the fit-out of Griffiths & Armour’s new 18,500 sq ft office at No 12 Princes Dock next to the River Mersey and within the Liverpool Waters development. G&A has relocated from nearby Water Street.
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 £1m Avenue HQ fit-out.
G&A, which also has office in Manchester, London and Dublin, tasked Aztec with creating a space across a single floor that encourages “knowledge sharing and collaboration”.
Designed to facilitate different ways of working and encourage movement away from workstations, the space comprises a variety of areas, including video conferencing and a breakfast bar which maximises impressive views over the River Mersey.
It also includes 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.
Neal Maxwell, founder and managing director of 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 was also very clear from the start that the space should be about people – creating an environment where people are comfortable and enjoy spending time.”