The £19m development covers 4,650m² over four storeys in the Hungate area of York. It will eventually accommodate up to 500 people, making it the insurer’s largest office outside of London.
Clearance of the site is well underway and construction work is expected to start in July and be complete in 2015.
The design by Make Architects has a cantilevered concrete frame, structural glass curtain walling and a winding staircase in a full-height atrium. A weave envelope created from a brick module on precast concrete panels is intended to complement the historic setting.
BAM Construction director John Phillips said: “This is a very exciting project, turning a site of historical interest into a modern facility that complements the wider regeneration plans for this part of the city. With its iconic design and well-constructed layout, the building will be aesthetically pleasing as well as provide a well-equipped, user-friendly working environment.”
Steve Langan, managing director of Hiscox UK, Europe and Asia, said: “Our new office in York will set the benchmark for Hiscox’s future approach to office design and working practices. This means it’s incredibly important to us that we work with a building contractor that shares our focus on excellence and attention to detail.
“BAM stood out as one of the foremost contractors in the UK. They set high standards in construction and we were impressed by their enthusiasm for the project from the outset. They were the obvious choice for us; they have a proven track record of working on prestigious developments and a high regard for health and safety, they share our vision for the build, and most importantly they have the expertise and experience we need to make it happen.”
It has been a good week for BAM in Yorkshire. Yesterday we reported on it winning a £25m contract to rebuild a fire-damaged factory in Rawdon, near Leeds.