Saffery Champness

Location

71 Queen Victoria St,
London, EC4

Background

Saffery Champness are Chartered Accountants and have been trading in the United Kingdom since 1855 as a Partnership. The Partners have offices in London and 8 regional UK cities, plus Zurich, Geneva and Guernsey. They specialise in accounting, tax planning, corporate  finance and other associated services.

In London there are currently 30 partners and over 200 members of staff  providing consultancy services and head office functions.

The Project

Interactive Space was appointed to provide space planning & design, workplace consultancy and the project design brief. By working at this early stage we were able to test-fit the shortlisted properties and work with the core team of senior partners to identify the most suitable building. Three buildings made the short list and after input from Farebrother & Interactive Space, the partners chose 71 Queen Victoria Street.

 

 

Client Objectives

Following impending lease expiry on their existing offices, Saffery engaged a commercial agent, Alastair Subba Row, of Farebrother to acquire new space. Key considerations were to provide a modern, adaptable working environment with adequate meeting and entertainment spaces. In addition, provision of a catering kitchen to provide meals for Client meetings and functions, as well as close proximity to public transport were essential.

Key Facts

Interactive Space worked hand in hand with the Engineers to validate the base build systems prior to commencement of works. A number of anomalies and defects were logged and resolved with the landlord. Interactive space also worked closely with the Commercial Agent, Client team and the Landlord’s Agent to agree the  final points of the license to alter, and the design and collateral warranties for all parties.

The Designers produced a set of design proposals for review and discussion and once the final layout and intents were completed, Interactive Space worked up the scope of works for both the architectural and engineering aspects of the project.

The management of the fit out works followed the original programme without deviation from the critical path activities. Interactive space planned and managed the office move, IT migration and operational changes to the business that came about as a result of the workplace consultancy.

The move, migration of IT services and installation of new and existing systems was completed without incident and the Client moved into the new  offices in line with the project programme and budget.