Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the Innovation Award. For the first time this award is presented on a regional level and recognises a significant level of innovation in one, or more, fields.

In recognition of the importance of this category, and to highlight some of the exceptional innovative concepts that are developed across the UK’s buildings every year, the BCO introduced the Regional Innovation Award.







Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building, University of Warwick

Named in honour of Britain’s first ever Professor of Manufacturing, the Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building houses the National Automotive Innovation Centre; a multimillion-pound centre, founded by WMG, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre, which creates and develops novel technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on fossil fuels. Fronted by a dramatic elevation, the 33,000m2 building has been sensitively designed for engineers, designers and academics to work together in, with a variety of spaces allowing for both privacy and collaboration. A timber roof spans the structure of the building, demonstrating the sustainable credentials of a facility that cannot but inspire.




Project Details       


University of Warwick Architect: Cullinan Studio
Owner:                        University of Warwick           

Interior Designer:

Cullinan Studio                        


WMG / Jaguar Land Rover / Tata Motors European Technical Centre                 

M&G Engineer:                           Arup           
Project Manager:           

Rider Levett Bucknall 

Structural Engineer:                                        Arup    

Quantity Surveyor:

Rider Levett Bucknall Contractor:  Balfour Beatty

Brief Consultant: 

Cullinan Studio







160 Old Street, London

The judges were struck by the transformation of this space from a neglected 1970s building into an innovative, sustainable and modern development. Chiefly, the use of an innovative smart building app which informs occupants of the latest local events and offerings, as well as allowing workers control over the light and temperature of their personal desk space, creating a truly enjoyable and personalised experience at work.




Project Details      


Great Portland Estates M&E Engineer: Hilson Moran
Owner:                      The Great Ropemaker Partnership      

Structural Engineer:           Heyne Tillett Steel           


Contractor:                           Wates Construction           

Project Manager:                   

Jackson Coles         Investment/Property Co:                                        The Great Ropemaker Partnership            

Quantity Surveyor:        


Developer: Great Portland Estates


Orms Agents: JLL / Colliers International






Windmill Green, 24 Mount Street, Manchester

Windmill Green, at the heart of Manchester city centre, was praised by judges for its comprehensive retrofit and refurbishment, which has created a significantly more sustainable scheme than the original 17-storey tower initially planned for. Its blend of environmental sustainability and social purpose is elevated by a sensitive architectural approach that made the building stand out to the judges – who branded the project as ‘the city’s greenest new office’.



Project Details      

FORE Partnership

M&E Engineer: Crooks Walker Consulting


FORE Partnership

Structural Engineer:

Project Manager:

Gardiner & Theobald

Contractor: Kier Construction Northern
Quantity Surveyor: Walker Sime

Investment/Property Co: FORE Partnership
Architect: tp bennett

Developer:  FORE Partnership

Interior Designer:

tp bennett Agents: Knight Frank / Lambert Smith Hampton / Sixteen






Queen Elizabeth House, New Waverley Office, Edinburgh, 1 Sibbald Walk, Edinburgh                                   

The 265,000 ft2 commercial office was built on a former Brownfield site as part of a mixed-use scheme in Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage area. Six floors of office space are split over two buildings, linked on three levels by a large fully glazed ‘bridge’. The judges felt unanimously that Queen Elizabeth House was a worthy winner of the Innovation Award, not only because of its commercial success in attracting a dedicated single occupier, but also due to the undeniable contribution that QEH makes as the cornerstone of the New Waverley Quarter.



Project Details       


Artisan Real Estate Structural Engineer: Ian Black Consulting
Owner:                                               LGIM Real Assets           


McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK                          

Allan Murray Architects                 

Developer:                        Artisan Real Estate                             
M&E Engineer:                        

Caldwell Consulting