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Make completes £15m York office


Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has completed this office for insurance firm Hiscox in York 


The £15 million four-storey office building includes a ground floor café, break-out spaces, and a roof terrace providing views out across the city.

Housing 500 employees, the 6,312m² is Hiscox’s largest office outside London.

At the centre of the office space is a large ‘ribbon-like’ concrete staircase which according to the practice has been ‘inspired by York’s undulating city walls’.

The building also features an array of sculptures and artworks including a 12m-long decommissioned Soviet rocket.

The scheme was recently shortlisted for a RIBA Yorkshire Award.

The Hiscox Building by Make Architects

The Hiscox Building by Make Architects

Architect’s view

Our brief was to create a totally bespoke workplace, designed from the inside out, that brings together the very best thinking in architecture, workplace and brand experience – a ‘best-in-class’ building that reflects Hiscox’s ongoing commitment to leadership, innovation, creativity and growth. We were also set with the task of designing a contemporary building in the historic York context.

The design of The Hiscox Building maximises natural light, vertical circulation and external terracing to create a bright, energised workspace. The building envelope presents two faces: a south-facing articulated brickwork weave that provides solar shading and a light bleed shield to the adjacent residential site; and a north-facing glazed elevation that addresses a new pedestrian route running through the development. We selected robust materials that would improve with age and use, and used in situ concrete throughout the interior interspersed with bespoke leather handrails and benches.

The Hiscox Building by Make Architects

The Hiscox Building by Make Architects

Project data

Location York
Type of project office
Client Hiscox
Architect Make
Interior architect KKS
Landscape architect Charles Funke Associates
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant BAM Services Engineering
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Main contractor BAM Construct
Funding Hiscox
Tender date February 2014
Start on site date August 2014
Completion date October 2015
Contract duration 18 months
Gross internal floor area 6,312m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Single stage design and build
Total cost £15 million

The Hiscox Building by Make Architects

The Hiscox Building by Make Architects


Readers' comments (2)

  • '....and brand experience.' does that explain the decommissioned soviet missile holding centre stage? they insure airlines?

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  • I would expect such a building to be BREEAM Excellent, shouldn't the AJ report this information as standard on all such articles?

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