PwC Greece, responding to the trends of the new era, is investing in innovative spaces that promote a flexible work experience for its people.
At a press conference held on Wednesday, July 6 2022, at the Moxy Athens City Hotel, the company announced the lease of its new state-of-the-art offices in the area of Maroussi. The high-level design, sustainability and wellness principles incorporated, make the building complex a new architectural benchmark, with the signature of the architectural firm AS.P.A. Design.
The development of the project, which will be completed in 2024, has been undertaken by DIMAND, one of the largest Greek real estate development companies specializing in sustainable buildings.
On a privately-owned plot of land recently acquired through its subsidiary Insignio M.A.E., DIMAND is going to erect a building with a total area of 22,550 sq.m. The property is located in a privileged location, in 65 Kifissias Avenue in Maroussi, and is to be certified according to the international LEED and WELL standards as it will meet all sustainability requirements.
PwC Greece shared its vision for the future of work and the professional services market as shaped by global trends. From its side, DIMAND, presented the design for the development of the new state-of-the-art offices.
The CEO of PwC Greece, Mr. Marios Psaltis, commented: “The new offices are accelerating our transition to a new operating model, echoing our strong growth and confirming our commitment to the continuous development of our people and the services we offer. At the same time, they contribute to the achievement of our goals for climate neutrality.”
The CEO of DIMAND, Mr. Dimitris Andriopoulos, made the following statement, “It is both an honor and a great challenge for us to develop perhaps one of the most iconic buildings in the region that will host the executives of a leading firm like PwC. Our goal is to create another modern sustainable complex that will be a landmark for the area and, at the same time, a working environment worthy of its people. We are going to develop a building of high aesthetics and functionality, which will incorporate all the latest architectural trends while being certified by major international organizations, as is the case with the buildings we develop.”
PwC Innovating with this New Flexible Working Experience
The new building comes to enhance the hybrid employment model with which the firm already operates by creating a flexible, environmentally sustainable, innovative and exciting workplace that focuses on employee experience and empowers collaboration.
This experience is based on space diversity (auditoriums, libraries, indoor and outdoor collaboration spaces, relaxation areas, etc.), the ability to switch their use according to the employees’ needs and team interaction. People are encouraged to work, interact and concentrate in the building zones that best suit their work needs and the task at hand.
The new offices also provide for specially designed, collaborative hospitality spaces for clients, partners, but also for educational institutions and research programs, etc., thus actively supporting the company’s strategy of providing high-quality holistic solutions.
Mr. Marios Psaltis continues: “The world of work is changing. So is the concept of ‘office’. PwC is moving from theory to practice. We are designing the workplaces of the future to improve our people’s everyday working lives and support them to work in new ways. We are creating a vibrant, state-of-the-art workplace, focusing on sustainability and people, introducing a new, interactive work experience. We offer our colleagues a pleasant and flexible environment that promotes trust, collaboration and creativity.
In the new space, the link between entrepreneurship and innovation is further strengthened with the aim of developing sustainable solutions for the market and society on the one hand, and building trust on the other, thus fulfilling our global strategy, ‘The New Equation’.”
PwC’s Strategic Priorities
The implementation of ‘The New Equation’ strategy involves further strengthening the firm with new skills that respond to the emerging market needs and developing new organizational structures that promote collective knowledge and exploit the opportunities created by the use of technology. In the same context, the creation of satellite offices throughout Greece is also part of the project, aiming to contribute to the development of local ecosystems and the attraction and development of domestic talent, thus providing employment opportunities in large international projects from different regions of the country.
At the same time, PwC Greece is committed to evolving its corporate culture to an even more human-centered and diverse one and to upgrading the skills of all its employees through continuous investment in training, infrastructure and tools, as well as the implementation of practices that support people’s well-being and facilitate work-life balance.
High architecture design with a focus on sustainability and human well-being in the working environment with DIMAND’s signature
The complex will consist of two four-level buildings facing one another, with a total area of 22,550 sqm, featuring an underground parking and other auxiliary spaces.
An open green space is being developed between the buildings, which will function both as a core of social and recreational activities and as an employee rest area.
Special care has been taken to ensure lighting and ventilation in all work areas, while emphasis has also been placed on the acoustic design so as to achieve ideal indoor conditions.
Both the open space and the roof are home to gardens with Mediterranean vegetation.