COMMERCIAL WORKPLACE AWARD 

A new building initiated on a speculative basis for commercial letting including buildings that are substantially pre-let or sold on to an occupier. In this category only the base build is judged.

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NATIONAL WINNER


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The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, London

This development, in the heart of The City, is a marvellous addition to both the skyline and the streetscape. Its overall success is just reward for the long term endeavour of those that have delivered this iconic space. The Leadenhall Building represents a significant undertaking on a global perspective and its commercial achievement should be judged likewise.

The design process began in 2001 and, with a few pauses for reflection along the way, the building was open for business in 2015 and met with an abundance of well-deserved international acclaim. Despite book-ending one the worst financial crises the western world has ever experienced, it is fully let, this commercial success, proving a shrewd investment for the joint venture behind it and a potent symbol of inspiration for the City of London. It has created innovative public space and collected an affectionate nickname – 'the Cheese-grater' - the ultimate popular accolade. Of utmost importance is that it has become a great place to work for around six thousand people.

The building is deceptively simple, but its striking form is the result of the elegant resolution of a myriad of issues, including the protection of the views of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Off-site fabrication has brought significant social, economic and build-quality benefits. Fifty rectangular floors, that reduce in depth, back onto a separate very high speed lift bank/core, that doubles as public artwork.

The offices house a wide range of occupants, reflecting the fluid nature of City commerce. The ultra-rational floorplans support a varied approach to fit out and the scheme's designers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, show how they think it should be done in their own studio on level 14. 

 
The open space at ground level creates a pedestrian route while also delivering a public setting for the equally iconic Lloyds building opposite. Viewed across London, the project more than holds its own in the ‘City Cluster’, whilst viewed from the base it makes a contribution as an inventive multi-storey, public open space expanding the surrounding public realm. It is fair to say this project might just be in a league of its own.

PROJECT DETAILS

Clients:

British Land / Oxford Properties

Interior Designer:

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Owners:

British Land / Oxford Properties

M&E Engineer:

Arup

Occupiers: 

Multiple Occupiers

Structural Engineer:

Arup

Project Manager:

M3 Consulting

 Contractor:

 Laing O'Rourke

Quantity Surveyor:

 AECOM

 Investment / Property Co:

 British Land / Oxford Properties

Architect:

 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

 Developers:

 British Land / Oxford Properties

Agents: Cushman & Wakefield / JLL

REGIONAL WINNERS


Scotland

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110 Queen Street, Glasgow 

Glasgow’s 110 Queen Street was praised for providing much needed, high quality Grade A office accommodation in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Intentionally incongruous given its conservation area location, the building was commended for its bold, elegant and sleek curved façade. The success of any office is best measured by its occupation and the judges praised 110 Queen Street for securing substantial pre-lets to a range of demanding corporate occupiers.

PROJECT DETAILS

Client:

 BAM Properties

Interior Designer:

 BAM Design

Owner:

 Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

M&E Engineer:

 BAM Design

Occupiers: 

 Brodies / Deloitte / Grant Thornton / WSP Parsons / Brinerhoff / Armani / CAU

Structural Engineer:

 BAM Design

Project Managers:

 Gardiner&Theobald

Contractor:

 BAM Construction

Quantity Surveyor:

 Gardiner&Theobald

Developer:

 BAM Properties

Architect:

 Cooper Cromar

Agent:

 Cushman & Wakefield


North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland

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The Core, Science Central, Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne 

The Core was developed by Newcastle City Council and is a building that the judges described as one that embodies sustainability. One of its most striking features is a seven-storey-high living wall – a vertical garden that is home to ivies, seagrass, thyme, primulas, euphorbia, and strawberries. The building’s gold cladding creates a statement and makes it a landmark for the entire Science Central development.

PROJECT DETAILS

Client:

Newcastle City Council

M&E Engineer:

 Mott MacDonald

Owner:

Newcastle City Council

Structural Engineer:

 Mott MacDonald

Occupier: 

Creative Space Management (Centre Managers)

Contractor:

Sir Robert McAlpine

Quantity Surveyor:

Faithful+Gould

 

 

Architect:

 FaulknerBrowns Architect

 

 

Interior Designer:

 FaulknerBrowns Architects (Cat.B)

 

 


London & the South East

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The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, London

Located in the heart of The City, The Leadenhall Building was recognised for its intelligent arrangements which allow the building layout to change as it rises. Judges described the structure as iconic at both skyline and street level, with the open space at ground level creating a pedestrian route and a public setting for the building opposite.

PROJECT DETAILS

Clients:

British Land / Oxford Properties

Interior Designer:

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Owners:

British Land / Oxford Properties

M&E Engineer:

Arup

Occupiers: 

Multiple Occupiers

Structural Engineer:

Arup

Project Manager:

M3 Consulting

 Contractor:

 Laing O'Rourke

Quantity Surveyor:

 AECOM

 Investment / Property Co:

 British Land / Oxford Properties

Architect:

 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

 Developers:

 British Land / Oxford Properties

Agents: Cushman & Wakefield / JLL

Midlands & East Anglia

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22 Station Road, Cambridge

Over 90% pre let off plan and the remaining half floor let within 4 months of practical completion, Station Road is a model for speculative development. The large floor plates with a central core optimize both flexibility and efficiency, meeting BCO specification standards in every aspect. Built on a tight city centre site in a notoriously challenging planning environment, at 22 Station Road the Developer is delivering part of a wider masterplan that will transform the station approach into a magnificent boulevard.

PROJECT DETAILS

Clients:

Brookgate CB1

Interior Designer:

shell and core

Owners:

Lambert Smith Hampton for Tesco Pensions & Investment Fund

M&E Engineer:

Mott MacDonald

Occupier: 

Mott MacDonald

Structural Engineer:

Mott MacDonald

Project Manager:

GVA Second London Wall

 Contractor:

Wates Construction

Quantity Surveyor:

Gardiner & Theobald

 Investment / Property Co:

Lambert Smith Hampton on behalf of Tesco Pension & Investment

Brief Consultant:

GVA Second London Wall

Developer:

Brookgate CB1

Architect: TP Bennet Agents: Greenlight FM (subcontractor of Cushman & Wakefield, Fund who are appointed)

South West, Thames Valley & South Wales

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I & II Pinehurst, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough

I & II Pinehurst was praised by the judges for reflecting the needs of the modern worker whilst still being sympathetic to the neighbouring architecture. The development was also commended for its careful selection of materials – combining a variety of quality cladding which anchor I & II Pinehurst into the textured landscape that surrounds it. Overall, the judges felt that the office offered a well-designed, efficient and flexible working environment.

PROJECT DETAILS

Clients:

XLB Property

M&E Engineer:

Watkins Payne Partnership

Owner:

Harbert Management Corporation

Structural Engineer:

Baynham Meikle Partnership (Birmingham)

Project Manager: 

XLB Property

Contractor:

Kier Construction

Quantity Surveyor:

AECOM

Investment / Property Co:

XLB Property

Brief Consultant:

XLB Property

 Developers:

XLB Property / Harbert Management

Architect:

ESA Architects

Agent:

CBRE

Interior Designer ESA Architects