Skanska to construct Zurich Insurance’s new office building in Swindon, UK

WCN Editorial Team 21 Jul 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction firm Skanska has secured a contract worth £37m from Swiss insurer Zurich Insurance to build its new office building in Swindon, UK.

To be located in the town centre, the new office building will be an anchor project in the Swindon Kimmerfields development.

Skanska has been given the responsibility of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services along with providing piling ground engineering services.

Expected to be completed in 2022, the new office building will have 100,000ft² of office space on six floors with a terrace and a function space at the roof level. The building will have a workspace for more than 950 staff.

With sustainability in mind, the new building has been designed to be a ‘single-use plastic-free’ space, with also an ambition to have no printing or filing and digitisation of all post. The building will also provide electric car charging for visitors.

The building will feature an open atrium staircase to encourage more walking between floors. In order to encourage cyclists for a sustainable means to get to the office, the building will have in place extra facilities.

Zurich UK chief operating officer John Keppel said: “Swindon has been home to Zurich for over 30 years and we’re pleased to be playing our part in the regeneration of the town centre.

“The positive impact that our buildings can have on the environment and health and wellbeing of employees are a vital part of our sustainability agenda and sit at the heart of our new office design.

“We’ve great employees and we’re providing them with a workplace that suits their needs helping them to continue delivering great service to our customers while playing a valuable role in our local community.”

To enhance local diversity, there are plans to have a beehive on the roof terrace to boost biodiversity. The honey produced will be sold to raise money for Zurich’s Zurich’s charitable arm the Zurich Community Trust (ZCT).

Skanska building managing director Steve Holbrook said: “We are delighted to welcome Zurich as a customer, and to be part of their ongoing relationship with Swindon. The project is aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and we will use innovative construction techniques to help them realise this ambition.”

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Artist’s rendering of Zurich Insurance’s new building. (Credit: Skanska/Cision.)

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