All work and no play makes for very unhappy employees these days. Such is certainly not the case for Hamilton Insurance Group which puts an emphasis on balancing the productiv- ity of its hard-working staff with the need to recharge and refresh.
“Hamilton embraces a culture of modern technology, open communication and collaboration with all of their staff and clients, and wanted
their new offices to reflect this,” explained senior interior designer
Dawn Dunstan of Linberg & Simmons who were challenged to create
a dynamic and exciting open-plan office for 44 staff members. “
Hamilton is progressive and forward thinking and the space needed to fit
the company’s mission—‘ We’re writing the future of risk’—and to live
their First Principles: Be Smart, Be Sensible, Be Open and Be More.
“To support the open communication and free flow of ideas within
the office space, we demolished all of the existing traditional style
multi-offices,” she continued. “Instead we created an open office plan
that removes any stigma of hierarchy and creates the feeling of belong-
ing to a team where all members are treated equally and sit side by side
in the same size workstations.
“We also created recreational areas that help to stimulate the
staff ’s creativity and innovation, as well as nurture business relation-
ships with their clients in nontraditional ways. This effectively enables
the type of corporate culture that Hamilton is establishing.”
While an open plan can be advantageous for many reasons, there is
often a need for private meetings and conversations within the office
environment—and striking that balance was important in this design.
“One of the challenges of having such an open office plan is that it is
hard to have a private conversation,” said Dunstan. “To aid with this,
we installed a sound-masking system throughout. For situations when
more private collaboration and meetings are necessary, we created a
Top: The high-tech
boardroom features accoutic tiles
on the ceiling and a
custom table with
stations. Left: The
kitchen and dining
area. Right: Visitors
are welcome to
try out the putting
green in the reception area.