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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50 / 60 Station Road, Cambridge

Heart of the Cambridge CB1 masterplan, the BCO judges felt unanimously that this state-of-the-art development in the city’s bustling technology quarter “exudes quality”, offering a spectacular welcome for those arriving at Cambridge Railway Station. Developed by Brookgate, the nine-storey building offers 156,000 sq-ft of Grade A office space, accessed via a well-considered, welcoming entrance. The building design demonstrates a clear focus on the health and wellbeing of its occupiers, with a roof top garden terrace, on-site cycle and changing facilities and full-length windows providing a consistent, showering of daylight across the office space.  



 Project Details      


Brookgate Interior Designer: Jo White Design
Owner:                                                Aviva Investors Real Assets           

M&E Engineer:

Hilson Moran                     


WeWork / Centrica Hive / Eversheds Sutherland / Amazon / Samsung AI Centre                 

Structural Engineer:         Mott MacDonald           
Project Manager:           

Avison Young 

Contractor:                                       Galliford Try    

Quantity Surveyor:

Gardiner & Theobald Investment / Property Co.:  Aviva Investors Real Assets

Brief Consultant: 

Brookgate Developer: Brookgate


Grimshaw Agent: Cushman & Wakefield 





Brunel Building, 1&2 Canalside Walk, London

This people-focused establishment is centred around the daily desires of workers, such as access to the canal and underground tube lines, flexible office space and enhanced natural light and air provision. Judges have particularly praised the solar shading incorporated in the external structure, which provides passive energy saving and addresses environmental concerns held by occupiers.




Project Details       


Derwent London Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
Owner:                        Derwent London            Interior Designer:           

Fletcher Priest Architects           

Multiple Occupiers             

M&E Engineer:                           Cundall           

Project Manager:        

Gardiner & Theobald            Structural Engineer:                             Arup           

Quantity Surveyor:

Arcadis Contractor: Laing O'Rourke

Developer: Derwent London 






The Beam, Vaux Site, St. Mary's Site, Sunderland 

The Beam, situated in Sunderland city centre, acts as the centrepiece of the wider Vaux regeneration scheme and is designed around five central themes: ‘A Healthy Office’; ‘A Sustainable Workplace’; ‘An Appealing Workplace’; ‘A Lean Building’; ‘A Contextual Response’. The judges agreed that the finished product delivered against each ambition and felt the building itself is an emblem of the renaissance of Sunderland. It was lauded as a ‘brave and impactful project that has reset expectations and aspirations for the city’.              


Project Details      

Siglion M&E Engineer: Desco
Owner:                                 Sunderland City Council Structural Engineer:


Ocado / Penshaw View                  

Contractor: Tolent
Project Managers:                    

Siglion / Igloo Regeneration

Investment/Property Co: Siglion
Quantity Surveyor:

Gleeds Developer: Siglion

Brief Consultant:

Creative Space Management Agents: Naylors Gavin Black / Knight Frank as Joint Agents


Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios    





Honeybourne Place, Jessop Avenue, Cheltenham

A winning combination of entrepreneurial flair and great design has demonstrated that new commercial workspaces can be successfully developed outside the main regional centres. The judges celebrated the bold decision to build the 65,000 sq ft office development in Cheltenham and admired the way in which the developer and architect used their extensive local knowledge to create a cost effective and flexible building that oozes quality and attention to detail.

Project Details      
Client:                 Formal Investments      

M&E Engineer:

Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW)                   

Eastnor Holdings      

Structural Engineer:                 Simpson Associates                           

Speculative office with multi-let potential 

Contractor: Barnwood Construction        
Project Manager:           

Gleeds Cost Management 

Investment Property Co: Investment Company

Quantity Surveyor:

Gleeds Cost Management Developer: Formal Investments


Roberts Limbrick Architects  Agent:  THP Chartered Surveyors 
Interior Designer:  Yiangou Architects     





The Earl Grey Building, 17 South Union Street, Dundee

A hallmark of the regeneration of Dundee’s central waterfront, the Earl Grey Building is the first commercial property delivered under the area’s masterplan. The judges felt the new development has set a high standard in contemporary workplace design, despite its limited budget, and become a benchmark for quality in the area. The judges were particularly impressed by the building’s strong environmental accreditation and striking impact on the local landscape – with views across the new V&A Design Museum, the River Tay and the City of Dundee.

Project Details       
Client:             Dundee City Council

M&E Engineer: Atelier 10

Owner:                  Dundee City Council          

Structural Engineer:

Goodson Associates
Project Manager:                   


Contractor:                           Robertson Construction Tayside                          
Quantity Surveyor:                        

Robertson Construction Tayside 

Developer:                            Dundee City Council           
Brief Consultant:           Ryden

Agent: Ryden


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