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Ty Admiral, Cardiff

Project value

£400k | Time scale: Twelve weeks

The client

Admiral launched in 1993 with the aim of offering lower insurance premiums to more people, while making sure they enjoy plenty of benefits. Offering all forms of insurance, from car’s and homes to pets. It has now become one of the largest insurers in the UK, employing over 5,000 staff in Wales.

Admiral commissioned two new buildings to become home to its staff in Newport and Cardiff, with both opening late in 2014.

The design brief

Bbi were commissioned to design and fit out the Reception and Canteen area of the New Admiral Plc Building in Cardiff.

The design is based round a dramatic double height curvilinear timber wall that runs through the space. The design incorporated the reception desk, waiting areas, interview rooms, kitchen, food servery and canteen.

Our proposed design theme was to ‘bring the outside in’ and create an open park feel in the space. The Client was keen to develop this theme so we included some more quirky elements such as; outdoor furniture, directional road signage and a ‘Please Walk on the Grass’ sign and white picket fence.

Project delivery

The Project was overseen by the Admiral Team responsible for the design and delivery of the new office, Huw Llewellyn – Admiral, Andy Sutton – BRE Architects and Jonathan Churchill – JLL.

The Project was delivered in a tight timescale and incorporated materials and products of the highest standards.

Steve Lesbirel of Bbi, ‘This is the highest quality office Reception in South Wales, in both terms of design and construction’.

This project was shortlisted for an RICS Award in 2015.



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