JAC completes new White Collar Factory relocation for BGL Group
BGL Group, which owns insurance businesses including Beagle Street and price comparison website, Compare the Market, has completed its move to White Collar Factory, the prestigious landmark building at Old Street Roundabout.
JAC Project Management was appointed to facilitate the relocation in May 2016. BGL Group has its head office in Peterborough and had serviced offices in Great Eastern Street. A move from the serviced offices to a striking London location was required to support a mass recruitment drive and enable the company to continue to attract people with the right skill-set for the competitive market in which it operates.
The company was founded in 1992 and has become one of the UK’s biggest consumer insurance brokers with more than 8 million customers. The sector is fiercely competitive, with market leaders all fighting for market share, supported by huge marketing budgets. Crucially, the new workspace had to attract the very best talent in the mid-late 20s age group and retain them as leaders of tomorrow.
The key challenge for this project was working within the restrictions of a tight budget to provide full project management and design for the relocation. There were lots of building challenges along the way, but the team took full responsibility and worked tirelessly to make sure the client was regularly updated on progress.
White Collar Factory is a new property that recently won Visionary Building of the Year in the MIPIM awards. It combines well-built industrial spaces with best practice in modern office design. White Collar Factory aims to revolutionise the urban workplace by combining innovative design with Concrete Core Cooling to reduce the air conditioning required, sustainable principles, futureproof flexibility and panoramic views over London.
In keeping with the environment, JAC Design took a very different design direction by creating a blend of contemporary and industrial design elements. The new property presented challenges, since it was designed to be open plan and the client required cellular workspaces and it also had to illustrate the company’s evolution from the Peterborough head office, with a twist. Luckily for the design team, it was a beautiful space to work with; high ceilings, abundant daylight and natural ventilation.
JAC Furniture procurement specialists engaged the internal consultation group by taking them to manufacturer showrooms, where they could visualise how the furniture would complement the new space.
The new building communicates BGL Group’s brand values and is an agile, innovative and collaborative place to work. Although there were base-build challenges with this project, the JAC Project Management team overcame them. This was a truly rewarding project for a fantastic client and the result is a stunning and colourful space. JAC Lifecycle will now provide continued support with its ‘Day Two Client Assistance’ service.