Allianz Holdings has appointed Colliers as its preferred UK real estate partner to deliver a new ways of working review focused on the insurer’s ESG objectives, with the additional objective of maximising the efficiency of its real estate through the use of technology and innovation.
Allianz’s Property and Workspace Services team issued a competitive request for a proposal for real estate services incorporating Occupier Services, Business Rates, Lease Administration and Account Management for the UK-wide portfolio.
Yalpesh Pajwani, Head of Property & Workspace at Allianz, explains: “Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we are rethinking how we utilise our property portfolio and we wish to closely align our property asset strategy to our post-pandemic business strategy.
“We went out to the market to find a partner that closely mirrored our requirements and who was able to share their knowledge and experience of other corporate organisations to support us in our journey around ESG, property technology and management information.
“Colliers is our chosen partner because the team demonstrated a real understanding of our requirements, culture, proactivity and commercial mindset. The Colliers network of national offices aligns well with our offices and this local market knowledge will be invaluable to us as we transition our portfolio.”
Roger Atkinson, Director of Enterprise Client Experience in the Occupier Services EMEA division, will lead the team at Colliers, drawing in experts from across the UK. “The Colliers Workplace Advisory team is here to partner with Allianz as they navigate the post-pandemic workplace. We will make sure Allianz maximises the potential of its portfolio by undertaking a strategic review that will ensure we deliver an enhanced workplace experience for Allianz’s people across the UK,” he says.
Colliers and Allianz have worked on a number of assignments in recent years across Europe. They have an established relationship in Germany, France and Bulgaria.