Allianz Global Assistance
Reception Area Refurbishment
A design and build project for a Reception area refurbishment for the unveiling of a new corporate identity. Works were completed to ensure the opening of the refurbished reception coincided with the release of the new company name and branding. Completion of the reception design was achieved just days before the re-launch.
Reception Design challenges
The 8 floor building by Croydon station is in operation 24/7, which meant the reception was temporarily relocated to the car park entrance. Fit-out works included the refurb of the internal lift lobby, in coordination with Otis for lift-car works.
The reception design used a cool colour palette combined with high quality materials such as a corian and walnut reception desk and back-painted glass panelling. The colour scheme ensures a feeling of quality without competing for attention with the branding and reception messages.
Key to the reception area design was a new layout. High staff traffic numbers are catered-for by a direct route to entrance barriers, whilst the reception desk is located to allow visitors to have a direct focal point, but just out of the line of the main walkway.
The ensure practicality, a very large entrance mat well is designed in, rather than left as an after thought, so that bad weather traffic doesn’t spoil the reception appearance. The entrance mat is installed as a removable sheet, with a spare also cut to fit, so that the matting can be regularly swapped and maintained.
Cable management in the reception desk, and the matching coffee point, is fully incorporated into the joinery design. The reception design is a great use of space within an unusually shaped entrance lobby. Placing the two key zones either side of a central walkway is a total alteration of the previously centred reception desk.
The completed project was finished exactly on time, and the client is delighted with the finished reception design.