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Arch Manchester

About the Client

Arch Capital Group Ltd. writes insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance on a worldwide scale. Arch was set up in 2001 and has evolved into a leading speciality insurer and reinsurer.

CAT B Office Fit Out Manchester– Client Brief

Having worked with Arch Insurance on a number of occasions, we were consulted again to conduct a CAT B office fit out of the company’s newly acquired Manchester office. The remit was to create an on-brand office with a corporate yet modern-industrial edge. Furthermore, Arch wanted the office space to facilitate its unique workspace practices and accommodate a 90+ team of employees. Having created the brand throughout previous offices we brought this into the design of the new office space.

Our Interior Fit Out Solution

In order to facilitate Arch’s working practices and accommodate its large team, our office interior designers suggested creating an open plan layout with additional office zones for specific depts. This entailed introducing a central workspace layout with shared desks for each team, several meeting rooms for collaboration and presentations, an office reception area, a staff private booth area for phone calls, and an informal broker area to sit and meet clients.

To create the corporate office design scheme with a modern-industrial edge, our design team chose to leave the ceiling trays and concrete ceiling exposed, making for an eye-catching urban office aesthetic. To supplement these features, we also left the concrete columns untouched, installed hanging LED lights, and implemented industrial-style black-panel glass for the meeting rooms and breakout areas.

As Arch wanted the design to reflect its company branding, this influenced many of our designers’ creative decisions. For example, Arch’s grey and blue colour scheme is reflected in the flecked Herringbone carpet and office furniture, while its company logo is installed in the main office entrance area for staff and visitors to see.

The Results

After implementing a number of office design changes, we were able to create a practical and visually impressive office space that will improve Arch’s working practices. The modern and on-trend design will inspire employees and clients alike, while the intelligently configured layout – with its task-specific zones and segregated teams – will facilitate a productive office working environment. Additionally, the Rap Interiors team worked closely with Arch to receive design approval from the building’s landlord – a key part of conducting a successful CAT B office fit out


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Moss Walls

To add aesthetic interest to the space, our office designers also introduced two moss feature walls. Not only do these compliment Arch’s brand colours, they also help employees to reconnect with nature amidst the modern-industrial setting. The feature walls were made by hand and specifically designed to fit the dimensions of Arch’s lobby area walls.

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Phone Booth Area

Given that Arch’s team spends a lot of time on the phone to clients, we introduced a zone specifically for this task. The lobby area now contains a phone booth for private calls and high-back chairs for more casual communications. Both of these office furniture solutions contain acoustic properties, helping to reduce noise pollution and ensure clear lines of communication with phone call recipients.

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Bespoke Lighting

One of the design challenges was to create a bespoke linear light that mirrored the shape of a meeting room table. In order to achieve this, our design team specified the dimensions, identified the materials and liaised with the supplier until the design was achieved. The result is a bright, modern and unique feature light, highlighting our design team’s propensity for thinking outside the box.

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Are You in Need of an Office Fit Out?

If Arch’s office interior design has inspired you to make changes to your space, then Rap Interiors can help.

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