BCO Announce Winners of Regional Office Space Awards
The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced the results of its annual Awards Programme, which recognises office properties throughout the UK for a range of criteria such as design, functionality and innovative techniques.
Midlands & East Anglia
Announced on Thursday 26 May at Birmingham Town Hall, there were a number of winners across a range of categories that included the best recycled or refurbished workplace and the best fit-out.
Birmingham‘s Lancaster Circus on Queensway scooped the award for Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, which saw a previously tired and inefficient building transformed into a slick, contemporary workplace. It has enabled Birmingham city council to consolidate its staff and relocate them from 13 different office buildings, into one building at Lancaster Circus. The design of the interior space encourages an open collaborative working culture.
Best Commercial Workplace went to SportPark on Oakwood Drive in Loughborough (pictured top), part of the University of Loughborough. The site impressed judges with its various sustainable features including natural ventilation and ground source heat pumps, which also resulted in its BREEAM rating of “Excellent”.
The British Horse Society Headquarters in Abbey Park, Kenilworth (pictured below), won the category for Projects Up To 2,000 sq m, with its innovative and sustainable design that has since replaced their former out-dated head office, while the gong for best Corporate Workplace was shared by The Woodland Trust in Grantham (Lincolnshire) and The Severn Trent Centre in Coventry.
KPMG Project Gold on Canada Square picked up the award for best Corporate Workplace, while the Commercial Workplace accolade went to Central St Giles, located on 1 St Giles High Street.
The Angel Building in Clerkenwell, home of Cancer Research UK, picked up the award for best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace for its innovative transformation of a tired1980s building, that was given a new lease of life with a full refurbishment that made the most of the natural light available, along with its impressive roof terrace.
The award for Fit-Out of Workplace was presented to Nomura on One Angel Lane, located by the River Thames between Cannon Street station and London Bridge. The building was recognised for its sustainability and contemporary fit-out, along with features such as its technologically advanced facilities and staff amenities including a gym, medical centre, broadcast studio, 220 seat auditorium, and the largest roof terrace in the City of London.
South West, Thames Valley and South Wales
Among the winners of the South West, Thames Valley & South Wales region were One Glass Wharf in Bristol, for best Commercial Workplace, and Kestrel House in Wallingford for the best Corporate Workplace.
One Glass Wharf has made use of the adjoining river which rejects heat from the business cooling plant, and the building’s energy efficiency is further enhanced by magnetic levitation compressors. Kestrel House was also commended for its innovative environmental design and BREEAM “Excellent” rating – which includes such features as solar water heating, rainwater harvesting, and a dedicated borehole for cooling.
The Fit-Out award went to Yell’s One Reading Central in the city of Reading. The building impressed with its 17,000 sq m fit-out that was successfully completed during the recession, and introduced bright colours, artwork and a contemporary finish, combined with new facilities such as a gym and a caf├⌐. Employees believe that the fit-out has improved business efficiency and performance.
North of England
The North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland Regional Awards cover a large area and following stiff competition, the Commercial Workplace award went to Manchester‘s The Hive, located on Lever Street. The building is said to be central to northern Manchester’s regeneration strategy and incorporates innovative design with sustainable features and natural ventilation.
The Navigation Warehouse (pictured left, taken in 2006 prior to development) in Wakefield won the award for best Project Up To 2,000 sq m, for its transformation of a disused Grade II listed warehouse to a contemporary office space building.
The best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace went to 10SP on South Parade in Leeds – a 1970s office building that was successfully refitted into a modern Grade A office building.
In addition, the Electric Works in Sheffield was nominated by judges to compete for the National Innovation prize.
Scotland’s finest Corporate Workplace is Inverdee House in Aberdeen – an innovative new facility that was coordinated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency SEPA and Grampian Housing Association GHA.
Best Commercial Workplace went to G1 Glasgow on George Square, for its incredible ┬ú70m transformation from a semi-derelict site to an attractive, prestigious business address. The building reached 94% occupancy within a year of re-opening.
Edinburgh’s Scotstoun House received the gong for best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, while Alba Business Pavilions in Livingston scooped the award for Projects Up To 2,000 sq m.