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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Number One Kirkstall Forge, Great Exhibition Way, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds           

           

Number One Kirkstall Forge is acting as the spearhead for the transformation of the UK’s oldest continually industrialised UK site into a thriving mixed-use community. The seven-storey building is in the first phase of an ambitious £400m development which will comprise 1,050 new homes and a 300,000 sq ft office campus along with shops, restaurants, a gym, crèche and other facilities in a peaceful wooded waterside setting.

The site’s first commercial building has been boldly conceived as a product which doesn't currently exist in the surrounding market - a city centre quality, grade A commercial workspace. It has been adapted to respond to evolving working practices in a rural location and sets a high standard in contemporary workplace design, subtly re-interpreting the site’s natural setting, delivering a truly unique office environment. This was an audacious move in such a traditional industrial setting and will help reposition the site and set the tone for the remaining commercial phases.

As well as achieving EPC ‘A’ and BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, this development is the first Yorkshire building to secure ‘Platinum’ certification by the digital connectivity rating company Wired Score. A site wide transport plan has been introduced, alongside new bus services and enhanced footpath and cycleway connectivity, there is a car share scheme and cycle and scooter hire available for business/lunchtime trips. Tireless effort from the development team has been rewarded with a successful rail bid to secure Department for Transport support for a new rail station.

The project is one of the largest and most inspiring regeneration projects in the north of England, and potentially the UK. This building has met its demanding expectations, by intertwining placemaking, industrial heritage, sustainability, cultural values and quality. Though always with the principles of a workplace at the core of the decision-making process.

The developer has engaged with the wider public at all levels and used varied communication techniques to re-immerse the site, culturally and socially, back into the local community. This building has set the tone for future development on the site and created a sense of place, delivering a new and exciting lease of life for Kirkstall Forge.

 PROJECT DETAILS      
       

 Client:

CEG M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
Owner:           

 

Kirkstall Forge Investment Properties I c/o CEG

Structural Engineer:

WSP           
Occupier:         

Zenith Vehicle Solutions         

Contractor:          Wates         
Project Manager: 

Pierre Angulaire 

Investment Company:       Kirkstall Forge Investment Properties I c/o CEG    

Quantity Surveyor:

Turner & Townsend       

 

Developer:       

CEG 

Architect:

Cooper Cromar          Agent:          

 Fox Lloyd Jones

 

                    

 

 
           

REGIONAL WINNERS

North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland

 NOR17-TomorrowBuilding

 Tomorrow Building, MediaCityUK, Manchester                     

This building’s vibrant facades provide an entrance statement for MediaCity’s modern occupiers. The use of raw materials, exposed steel and suspended services create an industrial atmosphere appropriate for its digital occupiers.

In what was a strongly contested sector, the judges were unanimous about the winning project. The winning building’s vibrancy, environmental efficiency and dynamic business environment all made it stand out from an impressive crowd.

 Client:

Peel Media Interior Designer: Chapman Taylor

Owner:

Peel Media           

M&E Engineer:

AECOM 

Occupier:

Multiple occupiers 

Structural Engineer

AECOM 

Project Manager:

Peel Holdings (Management)

Contractor:

Bowmer & Kirkland 

Quantity Surveyor:

Turner & Townsend 

Investment / Property Co:

Peel Media        

Brief Consultant:

Chapman Taylor

Developer:           Peel Media           

Architect:

Chapman Taylor 

Agent:

Edwards & Co 


Scotland

 SCOT17-TheCapitol

 

The Capitol, 431 Union Street, Aberdeen

The refurbishment of the 1930’s former cinema integrates sensitively the old with the new and will help re-invigorate this location. Through the impressively restored Art deco entrance, the building morphs from historic to modern with seven floors of light and open office accommodation.

The Capitol gives a masterclass in high quality building restoration and is one of the finest examples of regeneration in action the judges have witnessed.

Client:

Knight Property Group Interior Designer: Keppie Design
Owner:          

 

M&G Real Estate 

M&E Engineer:        

TUV SUD 

Occupier:

Part let to PWC           Structural Engineer:

Fairhurst 

Project Manager:          

 

Knight Property Group          

Contractor:

Andrew Cowie Construction           

Quantity Surveyor:

Mcleod and Aitken           

 

Investment / Property Co:

M&G Real Estate 

Brief Consultant:

Keppie Design 

Developer:

Knight Property Group 

Architect:

Keppie Design

Agent:

Ryden 


London

 LON17-8FinsburyCircus

 8 Finsbury Circus, London           

This development was praised by the judges as a delightful new office building which maximises the development potential of a very difficult site, whilst respecting the surrounding heritage. The judges noted that traditional materials have been cleverly used to create a contemporary piece of architecture that blends effortlessly with its historic neighbours on the circus, which they cited as a mark of an intelligent and carefully considered re-development.

 Clients:

Mitsubishi Estate London / Stanhope M&E Engineer: WSP Group
Owner:           

 

 Mitsubishi Estate London

Structural Engineer:

Waterman           
Occupier:         

Mitsubishi Estate London (Landlord)           

Contractor:          Lendlease         
Project Manager: 

Lendlease 

Developer:       Stanhope    

Quantity Surveyor:

alinea           

 

Agents:       

CBRE / Cushman & Wakefield 

Architect:

WilkinsonEyre                    

 

 

                    

 

 

Midlands & Central England

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Centre City, Hill Street, Birmingham           

Following its complete re-development, the BCO judging panel was impressed how the 1975 Richard Seifert Centre City building had been brought back to life. The judges’ highlighted that despite the challenging spatial legacy of the building, the project had managed to overcome this and maximise commercial appeal, with typical rental increases of 160% since the re-development. In addition, the judges said the fundamentals of access, circulation and daylighting have been achieved with simple, timeless and exceptionally cost-effective designs, and praised the building’s contemporary styling which still retains echoes of the 1970’s character.

 

Client:

Bruntwood Interior Designer: Associated Architects
Owner:           

 

Bruntwood           

 

Structural Engineer:

Pell Frischmann                   
Project Manager:         

Bruntwood                    

Contractor:          Various                   
Architect: 

Associated Architects

Developer:       Bruntwood          

                       

 

                   

 

                             

 

 

                    

 

 

South of England & South Wales

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One Central Square, Cardiff           

The BCO judging panel agreed that One Central Square has unquestionably catalysed urban regeneration in this area of Cardiff city centre. It was observed that throughout the building simple architectural principles have been applied cleverly in setting the layout, producing an elegant product which maximises natural light from every elevation and creates flexible floorplates. The judges also noted that the team has achieved remarkable value on this building, keeping costs low without compromising on the quality of the materials or workmanship.

 

Client:

Rightacres Property Co. Interior Designer: Rio Architects
Owner:           

 

Legal and General Property                   

M&E Engineer:

McCann & Partners       
Occupiers:         

Rightacres Property Co. / Blake Morgan / Hodge Bank / S3 Advertising / MotoNovo Finance / Milk & Sugar / Entrepreneurial Spark                            

Structural Engineer:           Arup                              
Project Manager: 

Jaylae Consulting 

Contractor:       Willmott Dixon Construction       

Quantity Surveyor:

Jaylae Consulting           

 

Investment/Property Co.:    

 Legal & General / Rightacres Property Co.

Brief Consultant:

Rio Architects                   Developer:          

Rightacres Property Co 

Architect:

Rio Architects

Agents:         Savills / Cushman & Wakefield     

 

 

REGIONAL WINNERS

London

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 White Collar Factory, 1 Old Street Yard, London                     

The White Collar Factory was praised by the judges for having challenged the very concept of the workplace. Boasting a roof top running track and a café bar, White Collar Factory is seen to deliver a unique combination of services that the judges felt was clear evidence of Derwent London’s innovative approach to how the building delivers for its occupiers. The judges also noted the positive impact the development has had on the local environment – describing it as ‘instrumental’ in re-defining Old Street as a location for business.

Client:

Derwent London M&E Engineer: ARUP

Owner:

Derwent London      

Structural Engineer:

AKTII

Occupiers:

Runpath / TOG (The Office Group) / AKT II / BGL Group / Adobe / Capitol One / Spark 44 / BOX.com

Contractor:

Multiplex

Project Manager:

Jackson Coles

Developer:

Derwent London

Quantity Surveyor:

AECOM

Agents:

Cushman & Wakefield / Pilcher Hershman / Colliers                      

Architect:

Allford Hall Monagham Morris

                                       

 

 

Scotland

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 The Silver Fin Building, Aberdeen                     

The Silver Fin building, was praised by the judging panel as a best in class office development which has revitalised the streetscape. The 132,000 sq ft development utilizes high quality, locally sourced materials, both internally and externally, and despite the physical constraints of the site has embraced the principles of the BCO guide to specification and achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good and EPC A certification. The judges noted how the building core has been designed with tenants in mind, ensuring that common area spaces are proportional and functional and serve users in a ‘practical and elegant fashion’. Overall, the judging panel agreed that both Titan Investors (who developed the site speculatively), and the designers, should be proud of their ‘brave approach’ to the design and execution of this building, and of the impact it has had on the local areas.

Client:

Titan Investors M&E Engineer: TUV SUD

Owner:

British Airways Pension Trustees c/o Titan Investors      

Structural Engineer:

Ramsay & Chalmers

Occupier:

Orega

Contractor:

Sir Robert McAlpine

Project Manager:

Platform

Investment / Property Co:

Titan Investors

Quantity Surveyor:

Gardiner & Theobald

Developer:

Titan Investors                 

Architect:

Cooper Cromar

Agent:                    CBRE                   

 

 

Midlands & Central England

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One Station Square, Cambridge                     

As the largest and most prominent space in the centre, One Station Square developed five floors of flexible Grade A office space to facilitate Amazon’s co-location of 400 staff and the development of the Alexa technology platform, a stunning 3-D display wall comprised of hundreds of voice assistants. The BCO judging panel were impressed that the building delivered a space that was both commercially attractive to a range of national and multinational occupiers and provided a gateway to the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ of Innovation and Enterprise. Designed in keeping with the style of Cambridge train station’s historic façade, the judges also noted that One Station Square has created a sense of place and improved the arrival experience for the city’s newcomers. The judging panel also drew attention to the project’s ability to adapt to a variety of design challenges in a busy public environment, and praised the building’s capacity to pull footfall away from the crowded main square.

Client:

Brookgate Structural Engineer: Mott MacDonald

Owner:

Railway Pension Nominees     

Contractor:

Wates Construction

Project Manager:

GVA Second London Wall

Investment / Property Co:

Railway Pension Nominees

Quantity Surveyor:

Gardiner & Theobald

Developer:

Brookgate

Architect:

Perkins+Will

Agent:           

 

GVA Second London Wall                  

M&E Engineer:

Hilson Moran Partnership

                                                               

 

 

North of England, North Wales & Northern Ireland

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 Number One Kirkstall Forge, Great Exhibition Way, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds                     

The 110,000 sq. ft., seven-storey office building is part of the first phase of the ambitious £400 million development of Kirkstall Forge, which is being transformed into a thriving mixed-use community in a wooded riverside setting. BCO Judges praised the way in which the building’s design pulls the outside in, creating a modern office which makes the most of its truly inspiring location. The project features a site wide transport plan, which includes new bus and rail services along with enhanced footpath and cycleway connectivity, a car share scheme and cycle and scooter hire. The panel were impressed by the way in which building owner CEG, in response to the residents’ and stakeholders’ call for a new railway station on the site, worked tirelessly with partners to deliver a successful bid to secure Department for Transport support for a new station, as well as their implementation of an infrastructure forward funding model to ensure its early delivery.

Client:

CEG M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea

Owner:

Kirkstall Forge Investment Properties I c/o CEG      

Structural Engineer:

WSP

Occupier:

Zenith Vehicle Solutions

Contractor:

Wates

Project Manager:

Pierre Angulaire

Investment / Property Co:

Kirkstall Forge Investment Properties I c/o CEG

Quantity Surveyor:

Turner & Townsend

Developer:

CEG                      

Architect:

Cooper Cromar

Agent:                   Fox Lloyd Jones                   

 

 

South of England & South Wales

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Bourne Business Park - Phase III, Dashwood Lang Road, Addlestone                     

The BCO judging panel agreed that Bourne Business Park – Phase III delivered flexible accommodation, high specifications and generous finishes in response to an ambitious brief. The development delivered for its occupiers a new café, bike storage and a trim trail that have helped the site deliver strong commercial lettings, which further impressed the judges. Additionally, the project’s strong sustainability and wellness credentials earned Bourne Business Park a BREEAM “Excellent” certification and an “A” EPC rating.

Client:

LaSalle Investment Management M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea

Owner:

LaSalle Investment Management      

Structural Engineer:

Campbell Reith

Project Manager:

JLL

Contractor:

Volker Fitzpatrick

Quantity Surveyor:

Currie & Brown

Developer:

LaSalle Investment Management

Architect:

tp bennett

Agent:

JLL                     

Interior Designer:

David Blair