By taking a great building, making it better and then evolving the workspace over the years of occupation, the Guardian Group’s HQ, winner of the BCO Corporate Award 2010, is the epitome of what the BCO Test of Time Award stands for. After moving into one of the best office buildings in the UK, the media company and its team could easily have rested on its laurels and played it safe. Instead, it enhanced this great building in Kings Cross which now provides a benchmark workplace. The workspace, within Kings Place winner of the BCO 2009 Best of the Best Award, allows the Guardian to perform its tasks very successfully.
In 2010 the judges said: “The different needs and demands of the individual are integrated successfully across the corporate space.” This is still apparent with the building being a mixed use scheme in every sense of the word, incorporating a gallery, restaurants, conference and theatre space, whilst the atrium provides a public thoroughfare between the canal side walk and York Way. The initial move to its new HQ was a catalyst for change and presented significant and valuable opportunities to create an inspiring and adaptable environment.
The new workplace supported the organisation as it moved into the fact evolving digital media business. The demands of modern journalism are catered for superbly in the deep-plan newsroom environment and the support areas which provide for the space and utility requirements of the radio stations, media hubs and data portal areas based there. The nigh on 200 years legacy of the newspaper is celebrated, displaying its illustrious history using artefacts and art pieces.
This fabulous building engendered a culture of community and communication from the outset. The space has carried the business through one of the most difficult times in the publishing sector. The company behind the world’s oldest independent newspaper has been able to flex and bend with the economy in a way that other more traditional spaces would not have permitted. This building and the space within it has stood the test of time in every sense of the phrase.
Project Client: Guardian Newspapers
Owner: formerly Parabola Land - now Deka
Project Manager: AECOM
Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
Brief Consultant: HOK
Architect: Dixon Jones
Interior Designer: tp bennett
M&E Engineer: Roger Preston & Partners
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Developer: Parabola Land
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