UniCredit’s real estate reorganization: smart working, sustainability, wellbeing.

Smart working, wellness of employers and improving of customer relations are the keyworks of the UniCredit real estate reorganization. Nearly a year after the move in the new UniCredit Tower, the Group opens new working and “leisure” spaces and presents two important initiatives: Piani Città project and the consolidation of the new Branch Model in 25 European cities.

In line with the Strategic Plan, the Piani Città (Town Blueprints) project – a vast reorganization of the Headquarters in 25 European cities – continues, and the new Branch Model is being consolidated at international level: an innovative format based on a redesign of spaces, making them more modern and functional, with a more direct contact with the customers, interactive technologies and cutting edge service model.
The two projects foresee a structured saving of €400 million within 2018 (€200 million as of today) and asset divestiture for €5 billion, of which €3,4 billion has already been achieved.
“Thanks to the new Branch Model, over 1.500 are under redesign to increase the possibility to attract clients, to improve the service with last generation devices and more modern, flexible and accessible spaces”, states Federico Ghizzoni, CEO of UniCredit “and within the Piani Città project we will vacate over 700.000 square metres by 2018. Having completed the UniCredit Tower project, we will concentrate the various business districts of Munich and Vienna into new multifunctional areas over the next three years”.

The “Piani Città” project, launched in 2010, include the main European locations of the Group and is a great challenge to implement a sustainable rationalization, based on four main criteria:
consolidation with the release of 150 buildings;
decentralization: over 80% of the remaining locations are in the major areas of the city;
more efficient usage of space: average target of 10/12 square metres per person;
environmental impact: a reduction of approx. 50.000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
One of the key aspects to be introduced within the changes is Smart Working, workspace environments  based on a layout organized according to different activities and needs (for example, concentration, communication, team work) and supported by IT solutions designed for working mobility.
With Smart Mobility, in experimental phase in Milan, it is possible, to work from home, once a week, or from one of the four main hubs located in the urban city districts, “third spaces” made available by the Group.
The Smart Working project started as a pilot three years ago, involving approximately 1.000 people in Italy and Germany, and will be extended to approximately 20.000 international colleagues within the next three years.

“Smart Working – says Paolo Fiorentino, UniCredit Deputy General Manager, allows colleagues to experience more flexible workspaces, making collaboration easier and promoting a greater autonomy in managing activities, based even more on trust and focused on results. We greatly believe in this model which we aim to offer in 2015 to 4.000 colleagues working in UniCredit Tower, the Groups’ Headquarters”.

The new spaces of UniCredit Tower.
The multidisciplinary nature of the environments is the predominant characteristic of the different spaces, designed to create welcoming environments and adaptable to different business needs.
Meeting rooms and open areas that are equipped with reconfigurable furniture, peninsulas and couches allow for individual work and group work. Three terraces overlooking Piazza Gae were created for outdoor informal meetings or relaxing. Some examples of common areas in the UniCredit Tower are: the Tree House, The Garden, the Gymnasium and the new spaces worksetting Smart Working.

1,2 The Tree House, multifunctional spaces used for individual work, group meetings and informal interiors are located on floors 2 nd / 3 rd of Towers A and B.
3,4, The 16th floor of Tower B is hosting the first  Smart Working space that allows to choose between different environments according to different business needs.
5, “Touch down” workstations.
6, “The hive” meeting room.
7, A “corporate”vegetable garden in one of the  the terraces of the tower A.
8, The Garden Restaurant & Café reserved for UniCredit Tower’s employees.

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