Walkers finally moves into new headquarters
Walkers law firm is set to move into its new headquarters on Elgin Avenue as of Monday, 14 January.
The seven-story building is said to be state-of-the-art, with a combination of features designed to improve the working environment for staff, preserve and protect the environment and provide advanced hurricane protection.
“Innovation is one of the defining characteristics of our firm so we wanted a building that reflected our core values and worked well with the environment in the Cayman Islands,” said Antonia Hardy, Managing Partner of Walkers’ Cayman Islands office. “Over the past decade in particular, the firm has grown substantially and as we were unable to find a suitable building in Cayman that would meet our future growth expectations, we made the decision that we needed a brand new headquarters.”
The building’s external architecture features an asymmetrical lattice design, shaved corners and tartan grid finish. The modern reception area features glass curtain walls to maximise light and the office floors are arranged around a central atrium, where daylight floods into the core of the building through the reinforced glass ceiling.
“We wanted to create a working atmosphere for our staff that would not only make them comfortable but proud as well,” said Ingrid Pierce, Global Managing Partner of Walkers. “The building was designed to promote an open and collaborative environment for our employees, as well as to do everything that we can to preserve Cayman’s natural resources. The completion is the result of a great deal of hard work by our Project Team and I would like to thank everyone that contributed, particularly Diarmad Murray and Feena Cray. This is an extremely exciting time for Walkers and we are delighted to be moving into Elgin Avenue.”
New ‘climate–responsive’ technology has been incorporated to achieve many of the firm’s environmental objectives, including a solar-heated hot water system, motion activated lighting – which switches off when an area is vacant – and individually thermostatically controlled offices that revert to a default ‘eco-setting’ when empty. The clever use of daylight reduces the need for electrical light and rainwater is collected at the roof level for use in cisterns. Other green features include recycled and recyclable material for office furniture, ample green spaces on site and the use of native plants throughout the landscaping.Technology has also been employed to enable greater productivity and an improved working environment, encouraging collaboration and communication. High speed data cabling has been installed, with large plasma screens in every meeting room and a 120-inch drop down screen in the 84-seat auditorium. A voice tracking video system will be employed in the 40-seat boardroom for video-conferencing and modern, interactive whiteboards are in place for training purposes.
The building has been designed to withstand a Category Five hurricane, with the lattice structure acting as a central brace, while the shaved exterior corners provide resistance from wind pressure. The risk of flooding is avoided with the reception area 10-feet above Elgin Avenue, which itself is six feet above sea level, while there is full generator back up and a two-week water supply, should a major hurricane strike Grand Cayman.
Other key features include a dedicated Client/Visitor Business Centre with communication facilities, as well as communal spaces on the rooftop and in the atrium, with televisions and a café.