York, UK (2nd December 2015) – Specialist global insurer Hiscox today celebrates the official opening of its new landmark office in York.
Construction of the office began back in mid-2014 and has involved 485 days of construction, 750 tonnes of steel and 775m2 of glass. It is a striking addition to the Hungate area of the city – representing a £19 million investment and employing 230 people so far.
Alan Millard, Chief Operating Officer, Hiscox UK, explained: “Our York office has been a long time in the making and the finished product has exceeded all our expectations. It is an architecturally beautiful yet practical building and, we hope, a fantastic addition to the city.”
Jason Parker, Project Architect, Make Architects, commented: “The building has been designed to complement York's rich architectural heritage whilst providing a new home for Hiscox in the heart of the city. It has been a fantastic collaboration between York, Hiscox, the designers and contractors – each contributing to a building which conveys a sense of joy from both inside and out. We hope the building will provide a lasting legacy, enhancing its city context, and establishing a strong and vibrant Hiscox presence for years to come.”
John Phillips, Regional Director, building contractor BAM, added: “For BAM as contractors, this new Hiscox building has been a technical and complex challenge throughout. It’s absorbed a lot of engineering and management skills, and it’s pleasing that it looks suitably impressive too. It has been an exciting challenge for us, and we’re proud to have made the Hiscox vision a reality and to have contributed to such a high quality addition to York’s built environment.”
The Hiscox Building in York is a multi-function office, housing everything from underwriting, claims, customer services, IT, HR and other operational roles as well as our Customer Experience Centre for the North. In time it will be the insurer’s biggest office in the UK outside London and employ up to 500 people. To find out more about Hiscox, visit www.hiscox.co.uk.
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Notes to editors
Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting divisions in the Group - Hiscox London Market, Hiscox Re and Hiscox Retail (which includes Hiscox UK and Europe, Hiscox Guernsey, Hiscox USA and subsidiary brand, DirectAsia). Hiscox underwrites internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance through Hiscox Re and Hiscox London Market. Through its retail businesses in the UK, Europe and the US Hiscox offers a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers, as well as homeowners. For further information, visit www.hiscoxgroup.com.
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