Chartered Insurance Institute  

CII to move to Lombard Street

CII to move to Lombard Street

The Chartered Insurance Institute has revealed where its new headquarters will be after its controversial move from its historic base.

In June the CII will move from Aldermanbury to 21 Lombard Street, next door to the original site of the Lloyd's Coffee House, where insurance was born.

A spokesman for the CII said the move will allow the organisation to become "modern, relevant and diverse" and the new headquarters will be "open plan, fully up-to-date and technologically sound".

But the move has been controversial, with some employees at the CII taking to staff feedback website Glassdoor to accuse the body's chief executive of hating the current building and being determined to move the organisation out of it "even if she has to make the business bankrupt to do it".

Sian Fisher, chief executive of the CII, said: "I am really pleased to confirm our new office at 21 Lombard Street.

"This is a contemporary, fully-functional and modern office space that will allow us to continue to welcome our members and help us overcome some key operational challenges facing our current office in Aldermanbury.

"We have committed to modernise our organisation in order to keep relevant to our ever-developing profession. Our new office is open plan, light and bright, fitted out with modern technology and in the centre of things."

The Aldermanbury building is being sold to the City of London, which has pledged to protect and promote it.

The Great Hall will be refurbished from September and when it reopens the CII has secured a commitment from the City of London to allow the body first call on an agreed number of days of use, for itself, its sister bodies and the wider profession.

The new office will have a dedicated conference space for up to 50 people for CII events as well as an area for staff and visiting members called the Knowledge Lounge, which will be a working space with access to the CII's knowledge services and online resource centre.

damian.fantato@ft.com