When Agria Pet Insurance’s existing offices were planned for redevelopment into residential accommodation, the company saw an opportunity for a fresh start in a new building. They leased the first ﬂoor of The Blue Leanie, an iconic landmark in the centre of Aylesbury, intent on creating a workspace that would impress clients, promote collaboration and make staﬀ proud.
Area was asked to transform the Cat A refurbished offices into a bright, modern, welcoming workspace with plenty of opportunities for collaboration. The design made the most of the building’s central atrium as well as the unique sloping walls, spreading daylight throughout the open-plan layout. There were a few M&E issues arising from the refurbishment that were successfully accommodated within the budget.
The final concept emerged from a series of design workshops, during which a close working relationship was formed with the client. A team of ‘Agria champions’ was engaged from day one, with the result that staﬀ love their new space.
The offices are light and airy, with glass partitions creating a sense of openness. Senior managers occupy the open-plan areas alongside their teams. The space is ‘branded’ with bold graphic nods to Agria’s pet focused business. Breakout space is incorporated into the working areas, with a calm blue and grey colour scheme. Café areas are clean, shiny and colourful, and homely touches include a lounge area with comfortable sofas and quirky dog lamps.
‘Agria was a great client, totally invested in the project. They appointed an Agria stakeholder team who were involved in everything. They gave us clear, precise advice that produced a playful design in keeping with their brand.’
Spencer Meredith, Project Director, Area