Arval appoints Area Sq to refurb Swindon office

By Anita Jaynes on 11 June, 2015

Arval, the leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company, has chosen office interiors specialist Area Sq to design and refurbish its 60,000 sq ft office at the Windmill Hill Business Park in Swindon.

The project is part of a drive to improve the working environment for the company’s 550 employees and support its focus on growth. The design includes references to Arval’s industry through subtle automotive design accents.

Currently occupying two floors within the building, Area Sq will undertake full Cat A and Cat B refurbishment of the ground floor, migrate second floor workspace to the first floor, and support collaboration between teams. This will be undertaken while Arval remains in occupation alongside a full upgrade of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems.

Arval, which funds more than 100,000 vehicles in the UK and provides a comprehensive range of fleet management solutions, first engaged with Area Sq more than 18 months ago on a smaller project. Continued dialogue established Area Sq as a trusted advisor, meaning early engagement and collaboration on the business case for the larger refurbishment works commencing in April 2015.

“The experience of working with Arval was a journey,” said Calvin Williams, Area Sq’s project consultant. “We started small and got to know the organisation really well over the last 18 months, meaning our design brief was watertight by the time it came to the larger refurbishment project.”

Founded in 2000, Area Sq is the UK leading independent office design and fit-out specialist, specialising in innovative, sustainable and inspiring interiors.

Area Sq’s prestigious client base includes Sony, BBC, Virgin Media, easyJet, McAfee, Citrix and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Area Sq is part of Fourfront Group, one of the UK’s leading commercial interior specialists. The Group employs over 220 people and operates from Newman Street, London W1, Egham in Surrey and Colnbrook near Heathrow. Fourfront Group has expanded rapidly since its creation, achieving turnover in excess of £110 million in 2013-14.