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Office Fit Out

Arch Insurance provides specialised insurance solutions for a wide range of UK businesses, delivered by its team of experienced regional underwriters. Its sister company, Arch Re (short for Arch Reinsurance), is a leading diversified reinsurer with operations in most global insurance centres.

Rap Interiors has worked with Arch on a number of projects including its interior fit out projects in MaidstoneManchester and St Albans.

Office reception area designed and installed for Arch in Plantation Place, London Office reception area designed and installed for Arch in Plantation Place, London

Client Brief

Arch contacted us to make a number of changes to its office in the City of London. One part of the brief was to create a broker area and reception for Arch Re, which would enable the team to conduct meetings with clients in its own dedicated space. Additionally, Arch wanted an open plan section of its office to be split in two to make better use of the space.

An office tea point with new tiles and modern cabinetry An office tea point with new tiles and modern cabinetry
An office poseur table with power and hanging acoustic panels An office poseur table with power and hanging acoustic panels

Our Workspace Interior Design Solution

Broker Area

To create the broker area for Arch Re, we installed a glass partition with branded manifestation and another standard partition. The standard partition was an important element of the space, as it allowed us to integrate a new tea point complete with a coffee machine, splashback tiles and modern cabinetry. Additionally, we brought in herringbone flooring and hanging acoustic panels to further separate the broker area from the rest of the office.

Another key aspect of the broker area was the furniture. To enable meetings between Arch Re’s employees and clients, we introduced a four-person meeting booth and a poseur table with stools. It was important that the furniture aesthetic matched the theme of Arch’s other offices, so we worked closely with the company’s team to ensure this was the case.

Finally, we installed the new reception area, which would serve as a point entry to Arch Re’s new independent space. Again, Arch wanted a similar high-end theme to the reception at its Manchester office, so our London interior designers took this into account when developing the design. For example, the desk has a similar style to the Manchester office, but, due to space restrictions, we had to develop a bespoke design with a curved side.

Other key aspects of the reception design include stainless steel signage for a corporate look, a partition backdrop painted in Arch Re’s brand colour, and LED lighting beneath the desk to make it pop. Furthermore, the desk also had to be designed with enough leg room to ensure DDA compliance.

An office booth with soft leather seating An office booth with soft leather seating
Hanging noise cancelling acoustic office panel in blue Hanging noise cancelling acoustic office panel in blue

Office Split

Prior to the office split for Arch, the space was occupied by four employees on a bank of four desks. As Arch wanted this to be turned into two separate offices, our solution was to introduce a partition across the middle of the area.

While this sounds simple, installing the partition wasn’t without its challenges. For example, the office ventilation units and grills needed to be changed and moved to accommodate the new layout. This required careful planning and close communication with building management prior to the works.

Additionally, we assisted with the installation of existing furniture, which was also upcycled with French polishing. Not only did this help to save money and stay within Arch’s budget, it was a more eco-friendly alternative to sourcing new furniture.

Office breakout area with a shared desk and tiled splashback

The Result

With an in-house design facility and experienced project team, we were able to make changes to Arch’s space that will positively affect the company’s bottom line and workflow. This introduction of a broker area, for example, will help Arch Re to secure more deals with prospective clients. The optimised office split, meanwhile, will enable the Arch team to work in a more productive way and increase its day-to-day output.

We were delighted to work with Arch once again on this fun, challenging and prestigious project. To see more of our work with Arch, please take a look at the Arch ManchesterArch Maidstone and Arch St Albans case studies.

A newly installed office reception with stainless steel signage A newly installed office reception with stainless steel signage
Office poseur table and hanging acoustic panels Office poseur table and hanging acoustic panels
A hanging acoustic office panel installed for a London refurbishment project A hanging acoustic office panel installed for a London refurbishment project
Chairs and coffee table for an office reception waiting area Chairs and coffee table for an office reception waiting area
An office partition and tea point with a coffee machine and storage An office partition and tea point with a coffee machine and storage

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Are You in Need of an Office Fit Out?

If you’re looking for an interior design and construction company to make changes to your space, then Rap Interiors can help. Rap has over 30 years’ experience transforming offices across London and the UK, helping companies to boost productivity and grow in their respective fields.

To arrange a consultation with our friendly, dedicated team, get in touch today on 0333 600 1234, fill in the form below or email refurb@rapinteriors.co.uk.