The Chartered Insurance Institute looks forward to moving in June to its new office at 21 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AH, next door to the original site of the Lloyd’s Coffee House, to where the origins of insurance can be traced.
The move is part of the CII’s commitment to modernising itself in line with its Strategic Manifesto. The CII aims to be modern, relevant and diverse and provide its membership and the wider profession with relevant learning, insightful leadership and engaged membership. The move to Lombard Street will provide an open plan, fully up-to-date and technologically sound base from which to operate.
The new office will have a dedicated conference space for up to 50 people for CII events as well as a welcoming and contemporary area for staff and visiting members called the Knowledge Lounge. This will be a touch-down working space with access to our Knowledge Services and online resource centre.
The Knowledge Services team will continue to provide their services in the new office including offering access to items stored in offsite locations. A small selection of the most popular or interesting books will be physically available in the Knowledge Lounge but all of the CII’s current library and archive items will still be easily available from its storage facility, which already houses the majority of the historic collection. The CII is progressively digitising its older and most fragile books and documents and all current study texts and accompanying materials are electronically available.
Sian Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, said;
“I’m 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 and they are keen to protect and promote it. The Great Hall will be shut for refurbishment from 28 September. The CII has negotiated alternative venues for events affected by the closure and when the Hall reopens, a commitment has been made to allow the body first call on an agreed number of days of use, for itself, its sister bodies and the wider profession. The City want the Hall to remain a popular venue.
A selection of CII heritage articles will move to the new office, including facsimiles of the windows, insignia and the Royal Charter where they will be displayed. Expressions of interest have already been registered in the CII’s collection of firemarks and some other heritage items. All remaining articles will be placed in safe storage with the intention of holding an auction in aid of the Insurance Charities.
The CII’s other locations are unaffected.