Providing an inspirational workplace for Schroders Personal Wealth

London, United Kingdom - Schroders Personal Wealth is a new financial planning business that aims to help more people build a better financial future. Finding a base from which to locate the first HQ was one of the key priorities for the new business; creating an inspiring workplace for employees and customers while still reflecting the ambition and individuality of the new organisation.

169

Max occupancy

92

Fixed desk positions

Arcadis was appointed by Schroders Personal Wealth (SPW) at a time when the company was searching for the right location for its new HQ. The Arcadis team were appointed to deliver project management, cost management and principle designer services, partnering with tp bennet to deliver the interior design and WSP to deliver the mechanical, electrical and public health design services.

SPW’s ethos is to make top-tier, financial advice more accessible, and this needed to be reflected in its brand HQ. Creating a unique and inclusive business environment was key. With SPW being a new organisation, there was a lot of emphasis on stakeholder engagement. This included collaborating with the various strands of SPW to ensure that the brief was captured effectively.

Working with strict work schedules and timelines, the team put the SPW client at the heart of the design journey. This ensured their vision could be realised with clear and regular communication throughout.

The delivery of the project took 10 months from inception to realisation and, although very successful, was not without its challenges. With time being a critical success factor, there was no give in the schedule. This presented an immediate challenge in that the team could not afford to have much time (known as the license to alter period) between the completion of the design stage and the works commencing.

We recognised this early on so agreed a reduced timescale for the alteration approval period within the lease negotiations. In addition, before the license to alter period concluded, the team gained early site access to start carrying out demolition works. This helped to accelerate the smooth running of the project schedule.

Another challenge was only having one goods lift in the building, and this was out of service for 4-weeks of an already tight schedule. The Contractor (ISG) and Arcadis minimised the impact of this by breaking down deliveries and agreeing alternative means of access with the building management team.

As a result, fitting out the new head office was completed on-time and on-budget. Offering high-quality business space that reflects SPW’s core values, the new HQ provides a bright, modern and flexible workspace that perfectly meets the needs of an innovative new business.

 




Outcomes

169

Max occupancy

92

Fixed desk positions

10

Focus, Exec and Meeting Rooms

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