Agilité appointed for QBE fit-out project in Milan
It’s been a busy summer for the Agilité Solutions team, and things show little sign of slowing, as we’ve been appointed to oversee project work for QBE Insurance Group Limited (QBE) – a general insurance and reinsurance company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and headquartered in Sydney.
The project – a 600 sqm office fit-out in Milan, Italy – is located on Via Melchiorre Gioia and will see our team overhauling the eighth and ninth floor of the eight storey building. Our challenge? Reduce the number of workstations on site to create a ‘smarter’ office which fosters a more agile use of space.
By integrating the ‘classic’ working areas and closed offices with a reimagined layout – with the installation of a ‘phone booth’, informal meeting area, hotdesking zone, and quiet room – we’re also looking to further emphasise the importance of colleague-friendly break and quiet rooms.
We’re also set to install a range of new flooring – including vinyl and carpet – using a variety of different shades to differentiate between the various areas of the office. Not only that, but the surface finishes are due an overhaul too – with painted walls and graphics – in a bid to bring the Italian HQ in line with the company’s wider brand identity.
The Agilité Solutions team is already busy procuring a range of standard and custom-made furnishings, acoustic fabrics for environmental comfort, new lighting and electrical systems, as well as planning the arrangement of the mechanical system – in a bid to meet our brief.
Speaking about Agilité’s appointment onto the project, Angela Rebecchi, general Manager of QBE Italy, explained:
“This renovation has come at a particular time and certainly with a strong desire to restart. The decision to reorganize the environments of our offices in Milan, comes from the need to create a more functional space to new work needs in favour of greater wellbeing of our employees.
“The Agilité project responds exactly to our goal of enhancing and upgrading the entire area of our facility to create a modern work environment, but at the same time, suitable to accommodate the need for more space dedicated to social interaction and collaboration.”
Maria Luisa Daglia, Agilité’s country manager for Italy added:
“We’re delighted to be a part of this delivery for QBE – and are proud to be helping such international brands thrive in Europe. The client really trusted us to bring the space to life, but also to uphold its sustainability credentials too, by allowing us to source a new home for furniture which would otherwise have been thrown away.”
Delivery of the refurbishment has been split into two phases – to ensure QBE colleagues could continue to work from the office during the construction process. Weekly meetings with the local QBE team and projects design coordinator will ensure the client’s involvement in the selection of finishes, as well as the realisation of mock-up and finishing samples.
Furthermore, the brief enables us to repurpose some of the existing furniture – and we’re looking to send any unused items to a local hospital, rather than simply throwing perfectly usable equipment away. There will be more on this in a later blog…