Chairman moves to calm concerns over the appearance of company’s proposed new offices

Hiscox chairman Robert Hiscox (pictured) wrote to York-based newspaper The Press to reassure the public that an artist’s impression of the planned office in the historic town centre was not the final design.

The initial artist’s impression of the offices was criticised in a letter to The Press by Gavin Tulley, who helped York Conservation Trust on restoration projects, and who described it as “appalling” and “totally out of context with the area”.

In reply, Hiscox wrote: “This is not the final design. We have not begun discussing architectural style with developers, and we will be consulting with local planners to ensure it is worthy of York.”

The insurance company is to move into the 24,000ft2 site, owned by City of York Council, alongside a new £18 million, 262-bedroom hotel, in the biggest single jobs boost for the city since 1999, The Press reported. The insurer will create 300 jobs initially, with up to 200 more within five years, and 100 at the hotel.