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Latest Award Winners 2024

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.

EQ, 111 Victoria Street, Bristol

  • Client: CEG
  • Interior Designer: Aukett Swanke
  • Owner: CEG
  • M&E Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: JLL
  • Sustainability Consultant: Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor: Currie & Brown
  • Contractor: BAM
  • Investment/Property Co: CEG
  • Architect: Aukett Swanke
  • Developer: CEG
  • Agent: JLL

Receiving the Best Commercial Workplace award is EQ. With wellbeing initiatives becoming increasingly important in the office sector, this project provides ample opportunity for occupiers to de-stress. The building’s facilities aid this through the available workout classes, wellness studio, roof terrace and cycle hire, all designed to improve occupier physical and mental health. The judges also made note of the project’s sustainability credentials, with the design including low-carbon heat pumps and a unitised façade to optimise daylight and achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The 200,000sqft building contributes to Bristol’s economic development, providing a high percentage of amenity spaces.

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.

Globe Point, Temple, 1 Globe Rd, Holbeck, Leeds

  • Client: CEG
  • Interior Designer: Ekho Design Studio
  • Owner: CEG
  • M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Occupier: CEG
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP
  • Project Manager: Pierre Angulaire
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Brief Consultant: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Investment/Property Co: ASE II Globe Point
  • Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Developer: CEG
  • Agent: Fox Lloyd Jones

Globe Point in Leeds, which won the Commercial Workplace award, is a Grade A innovative office development, providing more than 40,000 sq. ft. of space over seven storeys. The healthy, flexible, workspace maximises natural daylight and is recognised with a BREEAM Excellent rating, WiredScore Platinum and NABERS 4.5 Star, which showcases its in-use sustainability credentials. Drawing on its rich ties to the industrial revolution, the expressive flat iron building with intricate brick detailing creates a bold gateway to the wider Temple masterplan. Judges noted the sensitive design overcame a number of challenges on a narrow, irregular site, close to the immediate conservation area. Designed to deal with the demands of changing workplace strategies, Globe Point raises the bar in terms of workspace quality, amenities, occupant wellbeing and sustainability.

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.

8 Bishopsgate, London

  • Client: Mitsubishi Estate London
  • Interior Designer: WilkinsonEyre
  • Owner: Mitsubishi Estate London
  • M&E Engineer: Arup
  • Occupier: Various
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Stanhope
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend Alinea
  • Contractor: Lendlease
  • Architect: WilkinsonEyre
  • Developer: Stanhope
  • Agent: BH2 / Knight Frank

This year Best Commercial Workplace was awarded to 8 Bishopsgate. With a clear aim of adding to the quality, not just quantity, of offices in the City, the building provides a generous 75,000sqft of amenity space comprised of cafes, lounges and an auditorium with an impressive capacity of 200. A viewing gallery also sits at level 50, adding to the project’s civic offering. Providing unrivalled views of the City, it is open to the public free of charge. With a high level of build quality on display throughout, the facilities management suite has been designed to be visible as the beating heart of the operation, and was also commended for its accessibility.

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.

1 New Park Square, 1 Airborne Place, Edinburgh

  • Client: Parabola
  • Owner: Parabola
  • M&E Engineer: Hulley & Kirkwood
  • Occupier: Patina / Marsh McLennan / Element
  • Structural Engineer: Woolgar Hunter Engineers
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hulley & Kirkwood
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Developer: Parabola

Parabola’s ‘1 New Park Square’, Edinburgh, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, was presented with the award for Best Commercial Workplace. An 87,500 sq. ft. ‘Grade A’ office development, the judging panel awarded this building for its world-class arrival experience and open plan floors. Commenting that this is an exceptional building using high quality finishes and attention to detail throughout, the judges recognised its blend of natural materials and exposed concrete. The needs of tenants have been well understood with the provision of excellent health and wellbeing facilities as well as public restaurants, which have become an attraction in their own right. The panel commented that 1 New Park Square marks the start of the next exciting phase of development in Edinburgh Park.

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.

One Centenary Way, Paradise, Birmingham

  • Client: MEPC
  • Interior Designer: Howells
  • Owner: Federated Hermes
  • M&E Engineer: Arup
  • Occupier: Arup / Goldman Sachs / JLL / Mills & Reeve
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Quantem
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Quantem
  • Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Investment/Property Co: Federated Hermes
  • Architect: Howells
  • Developer: MEPC
  • Agent: Avison Young

One Centenary Way in Birmingham was crowned Best Commercial Workplace. Judges commended the bravery and ambition of this speculative office scheme, which delivers 280,000 sq ft in the heart of the city’s new mixed-use district. One of Birmingham’s most sustainable buildings, One Centenary Way is all-electric, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC A rated, and has been designed to WiredScore requirements for connectivity. It also has a fully demountable superstructure, enabling a circular economy. The building houses the city’s first public cycle hub for 450 bikes, with showers, storage and maintenance facilities, and provides shared access to high quality wellness suites.

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Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

Calon, The Interchange, Central Square, Cardiff

  • Client: Legal & General
  • Interior Designer: Cast Interiors
  • Owner: Legal & General
  • M&E Engineer: McCann & Partners
  • Occupier: Legal & General
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: McLeod + Aitken
  • Sustainability Consultant: Cundall
  • Quantity Surveyor: McLeod + Aitken
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Brief Consultant: Holder Mathias
  • Investment/Property Co: Legal & General Investment Management
  • Architect: Holder Mathias
  • Developer: Rightsacres Property
  • Agent: Gleeds

The Best Corporate Workplace award went to Calon. The project’s framework for sustainability and innovation impressed the judges, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, for which the building achieved a NABERS 5-star rating. High-quality flexible spaces provide a new hybrid working area in the heart of Cardiff, adding to the wider mixed-use development scheme in Central Square. The office offers designated areas for collaboration, as well as formal and informal meeting spaces, providing occupiers with an environment that promotes productivity and interaction.

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Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

One Spinningfields Square, NatWest Group, Manchester

  • Client: NatWest Group
  • Owner: NatWest Group
  • M&E Engineer: RSP
  • Occupier: NatWest Group
  • Structural Engineer: Fairhurst
  • Project Manager: AtkinsRealis (Faithful & Gould)
  • Sustainability Consultant: RSP (SKA Assessor)
  • Quantity Surveyor: McBains
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Brief Consultant: MLA
  • Architect: MLA

The judges awarded the Best Corporate Workplace award to NatWest Group’s new Northern headquarters in One Spinningfields Square. The result of this extensive refurbishment has transformed the space into a dynamic hub for the banking group, providing its employees and clients with an exciting and unique workplace in the vibrant Deansgate area. The space celebrates Manchester’s rich industrial heritage featuring subtle references to the iconic worker bee alongside artwork by local creators. As part of its transition into the new space, NatWest Group revamped its Ways of Working, crafting a flexible office environment which incorporates a diverse range of work settings. Overall, the space was celebrated for fostering an inclusive atmosphere that prioritises staff well-being; achieved through the integration of brand-new wellness facilities, a multi-faith room, designated quiet and tech-free areas on office floors, and an external roof terrace.

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Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

Grainhouse, 34 Drury Lane, London

  • Client: Hines European Value Fund 2 - Hines Europe
  • Owner: Hines
  • M&E Engineer: Scotch Partners
  • Structural Engineer: Scotch Partners
  • Project Manager: M3
  • Sustainability Consultant: Scotch Partners
  • Contractor: Knight Harwood
  • Investment/Property Co: Hines European Value Fund 2 - Hines Europe
  • Architect: Barr Gazetas
  • Agent: M3

Grainhouse was crowned Best Corporate Workplace. The judges praised the project team’s ability to overcome a series of logistical challenges, not least a complex layout which stitched together five buildings overlapping different boroughs and levels. With a café, terrace and library on the top floor, the building makes the most efficient use of space, while ensuring good levels of natural lights on all floors. The office delivers an inspirational working environment, drawing on the history of the existing classical heritage building. The new high-quality feature staircase at its centre sets the tone for the rest of the project. Testament to its belief in having provided a high-quality occupier experience, the developer, Hines, took over a third of the building as its new European Headquarters.

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Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Renfrew

  • Client: University of Strathclyde
  • Interior Designer: HLM Architects
  • Owner: National Manufacturing in Scotland
  • M&E Engineer: Davie & McCulloh
  • Structural Engineer: Waterman
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Sustainability Consultant: Greenbuild Consult
  • Contractor: Morrison Construction
  • Architect: HLM Architects

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Renfrew, was presented with not only the coveted ‘Corporate Workplace’ but also the award for ESG. Built for the University of Strathclyde and designed by HLM Architects, the judges were hugely impressed that it sets a new standard in environmental and energy achievements, earning BREEAM ‘outstanding’. A pivotal anchor for future development, NMIS is attracting global manufacturers as well as bridging small innovative businesses with larger organisations in an inspiring collaborative space. Its commitment to sustainability, innovation and industry collaboration is quickly establishing NMIS as a beacon of excellence.

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Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

TTP Campus, Cambridge Road, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire

  • Client: TTP
  • Interior Designer: ID:SR at Sheppard Robson
  • Owner: TTP
  • M&E Engineer: AECOM
  • Occupier: TTP
  • Structural Engineer: AKTII
  • Project Manager: Bidwells
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
  • Contractor: SDCThe new Cambridgeshire HQ of technology consultancy TTP received the award for Best Corporate Workplace. Set amidst the rural landscape of Melbourn, the c.110,000 sq ft campus comprises three distinct, single-storey buildings shaped around collaborative working. BCO judges were particularly impressed with the largest of the buildings, the Hive, formed of a series of modular squares within a lattice grid of circulation. Occupants benefit from a mix of laboratory, flexible workplace and amenity space, including a restaurant and gymnasium. The building boasts a clear connection to nature with significant natural light and external views, while extensive solar shading and PV panels produce 38% of the campus’ energy requirements.
  • Architect: Sheppard Robson

The new Cambridgeshire HQ of technology consultancy TTP received the award for Best Corporate Workplace. Set amidst the rural landscape of Melbourn, the c.110,000 sq ft campus comprises three distinct, single-storey buildings shaped around collaborative working. BCO judges were particularly impressed with the largest of the buildings, the Hive, formed of a series of modular squares within a lattice grid of circulation. Occupants benefit from a mix of laboratory, flexible workplace and amenity space, including a restaurant and gymnasium. The building boasts a clear connection to nature with significant natural light and external views, while extensive solar shading and PV panels produce 38% of the campus’ energy requirements.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Building 3000, 3000 Cathedral Hill, Guildford

  • Client: CIM Group
  • Interior Designer: Spratley & Partners
  • Owner: CIM Group
  • M&E Engineer: Box Twenty
  • Structural Engineer: Morgan Structural
  • Project Manager: Colliers
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hydrock
  • Quantity Surveyor: Colliers
  • Contractor: Space and Solutions Ltd / SIMUL Group
  • Architect: Spratley & Partners
  • Agent: Savills & Hanover Green

Building 3000 takes home the award for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace having impressed the judges by its proactive use of retrofit initiatives. The judges note that the visual aesthetics of the building’s workspaces were not compromised during the refurbishment, but were carefully considered, with praise going to the striking, progressive design. Encompassing the needs of occupiers and commercial requirements, the project provides a combination of wellness space in the form of a rooftop terrace, end of journey facilities, and high-quality office space. A central atrium serves as a focal point, designed to facilitate communal gathering.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Drapers Yard, Marshall St, Holbeck, Leeds

  • Client: Fortrea
  • Interior Designer: DLA Architecture
  • M&E Engineer: FHP
  • Occupier: Fortrea
  • Structural Engineer: Adept
  • Project Manager: CBRE
  • Sustainability Consultant: Overbury
  • Quantity Surveyor: CBRE
  • Contractor: Overbury
  • Brief Consultant: Fortrea
  • Architect: DLA Architecture
  • Developer: CEG

Drapers Yard, the winner of the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category, has revitalised and repurposed the historic Kays Catalogue building into a high-quality work environment, supporting jobs and leading the way in biomedical science. Drapers Yards is the first development in the up-and-coming Temple District area to contribute towards improving connections to the wider city centre and surrounding communities. The team were commended for respecting the building’s previous incarnations, producing an innovative, creative space comprising a clinic, rooftop engagement space, GMP Pharmacy, production suites and high-quality workspace in a previously derelict building. By repurposing and saving embodied carbon alongside successfully delivering a challenging brief and complex design, the project was delivered at a difficult time, during a global pandemic.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Tower Hamlets Town Hall, London

  • Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Owner: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • M&E Engineer: Atelier 10
  • Occupier: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood
  • Quantity Surveyor: Exigere
  • Contractor: Bouygues UK
  • Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Receiving the award for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, Tower Hamlets Town Hall brings together a number of the council offices providing an accessible and inclusive gateway to council services in the borough. The building is a new focal point of Whitechapel’s regeneration and consists of a restoration of a Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building. With a nod towards the key eras of the existing building’s past redevelopments between 1757 and 1906, the design draws on the architectural character inherent in each to enrich the new internal environment. The new Town Hall brings a London landmark back to life and reinvigorates it with a new purpose.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Eastworks, Gateway Court, Dalmarnock, Glasgow

  • Client: Clyde Gateway
  • Owner: Clyde Gateway
  • M&E Engineer: Atelier Ten
  • Structural Engineer: Curtins
  • Project Manager: Mace
  • Sustainability Consultant: Atelier Ten
  • Quantity Surveyor: Clark Contracts
  • Contractor: Clark Contracts
  • Architect: Sheppard Robson / INCH Architecture + Design

Eastworks in Glasgow, designed for Clyde Gateway by Sheppard Robson and INCH Architecture and Design, took home the award for Best Refurbished / Recycled Project. Preserving and reinventing a prominent structure from Glasgow’s Victorian industrial past, Eastworks offers five creative work spaces totalling 31,700 ft². The 94m-long, double-barrelled structure has been divided to create dramatic office space flooded with natural light with vibrant orange staircases and central mezzanines. The judges were particularly impressed with the community engagement and regeneration that underpins this project; transforming a vacant and derelict structure into light-filled workspaces that create future employment opportunities in the area.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

10 Brindley Place, Birmingham

  • Client: CBRE Investment Management
  • Interior Designer: Associated Architects
  • Owner: CBRE Investment Management
  • M&E Engineer: Couch Perry Wilkes
  • Structural Engineer: Cundall
  • Project Manager: Workman
  • Sustainability Consultant: Couch Perry Wilkes
  • Quantity Surveyor: MGAC
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon Interiors
  • Investment/Property Co: CBRE Investment Management
  • Architect: Associated Architects
  • Developer: Thamesis Asset Management
  • Agent: CBRE/Savills

Birmingham’s largest refurbishment project at 10 Brindleyplace was the recipient of both the ESG and Refurbished/Recycled Workplace awards. The scheme involved a complex back-to-frame refurbishment to connect two 20-year-old buildings into one single, open and connected floorplate, delivering more than 217,000 sq ft of modern office accommodation. The judges singled out this building for the ambition to pack multiple sustainable and smart features into the specification, resulting in several accreditations including two-star FitWel and WiredScore Platinum certification, and a 65% reduction in energy demand. The panel also recognised the strong focus on wellbeing strategies and amenities such as multiple roof terraces, a climbing wall, gymnasium and events space.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

Halo, Bristol by Interaction, Halo, Counterslip, Redcliffe, Bristol

  • Client: Osborne Clarke
  • Interior Designer: Interaction
  • Owner: Tesco Pension Fund / CBRE Investment Management
  • M&E Engineer: Tandy Electrical / Envira-Mech / ECS Consultants
  • Occupier: Osborne Clarke
  • Structural Engineer: Craddy Pitchers
  • Project Manager: Interaction / J4 Projects / Osborne Clarke
  • Sustainability Consultant: Eight Versa
  • Quantity Surveyor: MESH Construction Consultancy
  • Contractor: Interaction
  • Brief Consultant: Interaction
  • Investment/Property Co: Fiera Real Estate
  • Architect: The Bush Consultancy
  • Developer: Cubex / Bruton
  • Agent: Morton Property Consultants

Halo was crowned Best Fit Out Workplace, with the judges praising the project’s focus on inclusivity and biophilia throughout the building. Tailoring its approach to the client’s needs, Halo provides breakout areas and flexible workspaces, as well as spaces for workers to exercise, relax, and eat. The interior is finished functionally in a neutral aesthetic, avoiding the need for future changes to fit-out in line with changing design trends. The consideration taken during the fit out was described by the judges’ as a cradle-to-cradle approach, making use of durable materials, while providing a vibrant aesthetic. The project is on tract for a WELL platinum rating showcasing the standard of its occupier-centric wellbeing initiatives and design.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

x+why, 100 Embankment, Salford, Cathedral Approach, Salford

  • Client: x+why
  • Interior Designer: John Robertson Architects
  • Owner: Salford City Council
  • M&E Engineer: Ridge
  • Occupier: x+why
  • Structural Engineer: Ramboll
  • Project Manager: Chroma Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
  • Contractor: ADT Workplace
  • Architect: John Robertson Architects
  • Developer: Ask Real Estate

Winner of the Fit out of Workplace category, co-working operator, x+why, at 100 Embankment, Salford, delivers an inspiring and unique space. The fit out spans the reception area, ground, first and second floors, as well as the roof terrace, and reflects the company’s ambition of creating community, collaboration and culture. Thanks to a true partnership approach to the project, combining a striking, outstanding design, quality finishes, social impact and sustainability, x+why has delivered a workplace with a difference at Embankment. Whether for start-ups in search of inspiration, growing teams seeking a supportive environment, or established businesses looking for a fresh start, x+why’s offering at 100 Embankment offers an impressive space where Salford and Manchester businesses can thrive.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

BP London, 25 North Colonnade, London

  • Client: BP
  • Interior Designer: tp bennett
  • Owner: Blackstone
  • M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Sustainability Consultant: tp bennett / Hoare Lea
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend Alinea
  • Contractor: Overbury
  • Brief Consultant: tp bennett
  • Investment/Property Co: Blackstone
  • Architect: tp bennett
  • Developer: Blackstone
  • Agent: Cushman & Wakefield

BP London takes home the award for Best Fit out Workplace. The 20,000sqm of workspace creates a dynamic and energetic environment promoting collaboration and sparking innovative thinking. With sustainability as an imperative, the new office design offers an inclusive and nurturing ecosystem that celebrates diversity. The building not only successfully promotes the health and wellbeing of its staff, but also creates an uplifting experience for visitors, collaborators and communities.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

Deloitte Edinburgh, 9 Haymarket Square, Edinburgh

  • Client: Deloitte Edinburgh
  • Interior Designer: Perkins & Will
  • Owner: Deloitte Edinburgh
  • M&E Engineer: Troup Bywaters + Anders
  • Project Manager: Oberlanders Architects
  • Architect: Perkins & Will

Deloitte Edinburgh, designed by Perkins & Will, was presented with the award for Best Fit Out of Workplace with the judging panel impressed by its drive to create an inclusive and sustainable workplace, making barriers invisible and fostering a sense of community. Home to 450 staff and occupying a floor in the new Haymarket Square Building, the panel appreciated the extensive staff engagement, which allowed Deloitte to deliver space with connectivity, flexibility, and collaboration at the heart of its design.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

Arup's Birmingham Office at One Centenary Way, Birmingham

  • Client: Arup
  • Owner: MEPC
  • M&E Engineer: Arup
  • Occupier: Arup
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Arup
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Core5
  • Contractor: Overbury
  • Brief Consultant: Arup
  • Investment/Property Co: MEPC
  • Architect: HOK
  • Developer: MEPC

Arup’s Birmingham office at One Centenary Way was awarded Best Fit Out of Workplace. The judges were struck by the close collaboration between occupier and developer in redesigning the building’s gas fire boilers to incorporate air source heat provision and smart gateways. Embodied carbon was minimised during the fit-out through a natural and recycled material pallet and the project is on target to achieve WELL Building Platinum certification. Arup’s approach to innovative smart enabling operating systems will also allow for minimal energy use in unoccupied areas of the building. The judging panel applauded the steps Arup had taken to support neurodiversity, wellbeing and inclusivity through a series of flexible workspaces.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

Quad O2, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

  • Client: ARC
  • Interior Designer: BDG architecture + design
  • Owner: ARC
  • M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Occupier: ARC
  • Project Manager: Host (formerly Rise International)
  • Contractor: Total Projects
  • Brief Consultant: BDG architecture + design
  • Architect: BDG architecture + design

Winning the award for Best Project up to 2,500m2, the Quad O2, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus is a small building with powerful solutions for sustainable, inclusive design. The judges were particularly impressed by the integration of technology, including wellbeing sensors and high-efficiency MEP systems. Despite its modest size, the project stood out to the judges for its significant reduction in energy demand and small carbon footprint, achieved through a ‘fabric first’ approach, due to the selection of materials which strengthen the building envelope. The project also incorporates elements of biophilic design and natural lighting to create an inclusive environment, catered to diversity and accessibility needs.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

Merseyway Innovation Centre Stockport 21-23 Merseyway, Stockport

  • Client: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Interior Designer: 5plus Architects
  • Owner: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • M&E Engineer: CBRE
  • Occupier: Oxford Innovations
  • Structural Engineer: Renaissance
  • Project Manager: CBRE
  • Quantity Surveyor: CBRE
  • Contractor: TMT Group
  • Brief Consultant: 5plus Architects
  • Architect: 5plus Architects

Stockport’s Merseyway Innovation Centre has ambitiously transformed the old Merseyway Shopping Centre into a high-quality, shared working space that re-purposes vacant retail floorspace to provide a centrally located business centre. It provides office space primarily for start-up businesses with flexible offices to suit varying budgets to support growth. This ambitious re-configuration of the shopping centre demonstrates how such structures can be re-purposed with minimal intervention to create a no-compromise, low carbon and low energy workspace fully enabled to support businesses of the future and helping the town centre regeneration, adding footfall and critical mass to Stockport’s high street.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

All Saints, Austral Street, London

  • Client: EPR Studio
  • Interior Designer: EPR Architects
  • Owner: EPR Studio
  • M&E Engineer: Hilson Moran Partnership
  • Occupier: EPR Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Alan Baxters
  • Project Manager: EPR Architects
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hilson Moran Partnership
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Contractor: McCue Crafted Fit
  • Architect: EPR Architects

Winning the award for Projects up to 2,500sqm, All Saints is an exemplar of how an owner-occupier can reuse existing building assets. Originally an orphanage which was later transformed into a hospital and then an archive, this is the fourth iteration of a building that has seen a lifetime of different uses. Successfully navigating the constraints posed by the 19th-century building, the project celebrates its character while establishing a creative and inspiring workspace. The layout offers spaces for both smaller team-working structures as well as practice-wide interaction. The judges commended the achieved EPC B rating, admirable in a building built primarily of wood and brick.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

Statkraft, The Garment Factory, 10 Montrose Street, Glasgow

  • Client: Statkraft
  • Interior Designer: Troup Bywaters + Anders
  • Owner: Serge Holdings c/o / Castleforge Partners
  • Occupier: Statkraft
  • Structural Engineer: Civic Engineers
  • Project Manager: Workplace Scotland
  • Quantity Surveyor: CBA
  • Contractor: Ashwood Scotland
  • Architect: Graven
  • Agent: Ryden

The Award for Projects Up to 2,500 m2 went to Statkraft at the Garment Factory, Glasgow, designed by Graven. A global renewable energy business, Statkraft has created a welcoming space for collaboration, bringing the outdoors inside, with sustainability at its core. Representing Statkraft’s values and Norwegian heritage, the judges were impressed that they had incorporated reclaimed, recycled and upcycled elements throughout, whilst respecting the existing characteristics of the existing building. The panel felt that Statkraft has created a unique space which is clearly loved and enjoyed by its team.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

Rare, Manor Park Twycross, Sheepy Manga

  • Client: Rare
  • M&E Engineer: Atelier Ten
  • Occupier: Rare
  • Structural Engineer: Cundall
  • Project Manager: Seven Partnership
  • Sustainability Consultant: RKD
  • Quantity Surveyor: 3SPHERE
  • Contractor: BKBS
  • Architect: LOM architecture and design

Rare’s Xbox gaming development studio in Twycross, rural Leicestershire, was the winner of the category for Projects up to 2,500m². The two-storey, net zero extension development seamlessly integrates 1,500m² of additional space into an existing campus, catering for more than 70 employees. BCO judges were impressed by the bespoke nature of the design which has been shaped around ecology, amenity, and sustainability, drawing inspiration from regional architecture and using local materials and suppliers. It has led to the development of a timber frame structure that connects with nature and maximises a range of energy saving and water reducing technologies.

Innovation Award

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.

Plus X Innovation - Brighton, Lewes Road, Brighton

  • Client: Plus X Innovation
  • Interior Designer: Studio Egret West
  • Owner: Plus X Innovation
  • M&E Engineer: Scotch Partners
  • Occupier: Plus X Innovation
  • Structural Engineer: HOP
  • Project Manager: Marick
  • Sustainability Consultant: Scotch Partners
  • Quantity Surveyor: RLF
  • Contractor: Graham Construction
  • Investment/Property Co: LandsecU+I
  • Architect: Studio Egret West
  • Developer: LandsecU+I

This year, Plus X Brighton was the recipient of the Innovation award. The project supports the broader regeneration of Brighton, contributing to the sense of community with a publicly accessible café. The building provides flexible workspaces for start-ups and entrepreneurs, offering a solution to the challenges of office space scarcity in the area. Incorporating specialist hire prototyping labs and digital studios, the office provides insight into the possible innovations of future workspaces. The building has achieved a WELL Platinum rating.

Innovation Award

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.

Boho X, Gosford St, Middlesborough

  • Client: Middlesborough Council
  • M&E Engineer: H Malone & Sons
  • Occupier: Double 11
  • Project Manager: BCEGI
  • Sustainability Consultant: ARUP
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobold
  • Contractor: Galliford Try
  • Architect: jmarchitects

Boho X in Middlesborough – this year’s recipient of the Innovation award – will be an integral part of the wider Boho masterplan, the digital, creative, and business quarter of the Tees Valley. With 60,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space on offer, the development will provide a boldly designed environment within the area, supporting flexible and adaptable internal environments to suit new digital companies. The proposed building wraps around a central atrium providing a striking arrival into the building, with flexible floor plates allowing for the subdivision of the space for multiple tenants or a single user. A ground-floor shared café and workspace are positioned to spill out into a new urban orchard providing a high-quality contemporary landscape. The new office building will also boast a gym, health studio, lecture theatre, rooftop bar and external terrace contributing to the positive health and well-being of the building occupants and distinguishing itself as the market leader in modern office space. Demonstrating how public-private partnerships can facilitate incredible transformation, Boho X aims to create a world-renowned, thriving digital and creative sector in Middlesborough, its communities, and the wider region.

Innovation Award

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.

The Forge, 105 Sumner Street

  • Client: Landsec
  • Owner: Landsec
  • M&E Engineer: Bryden Wood
  • Structural Engineer: Bryden Wood
  • Sustainability Consultant: Bryden Wood
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine and Mace (JV)
  • Brief Consultant: Piercy & Co
  • Architect: Bryden Wood
  • Developer: Landsec
  • Agent: CBRE / USP

The Innovation award went to The Forge, which followed a unique procurement route in championing design for Manufacture (P-DfMA). Digital tools were used to conduct research around performance and productivity. This not only informed the design itself but gathered data which will guide future projects beyond the site boundaries, helping inspire the wider industry. Sustainability is a key focus of the project, which was the first UK commercial development designed and built to meet the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon standard. The final design consists of two buildings offering a generous and welcoming reception, courtyard space and quality amenity areas.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

Calon, The Interchange, Central Square, Cardiff

  • Client: Legal & General
  • Interior Designer: Cast Interiors
  • Owner: Legal & General
  • M&E Engineer: McCann & Partners
  • Occupier: Legal & General
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: McLeod + Aitken
  • Sustainability Consultant: Cundall
  • Quantity Surveyor: McLeod + Aitken
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Brief Consultant: Holder Mathias
  • Investment/Property Co: Legal & General Investment Management
  • Architect: Holder Mathias
  • Developer: Rightsacres Property
  • Agent: Gleeds

The ESG award was the second award to go to Calon. The judges’ found environmental stewardship to be at the cord of the project, which attained a BREEAM Outstanding certification. Additionally, the project was awarded WELL Platinum standard, with notable occupier-centric technological innovations brought in to monitor air quality, along with the implementation of natural lighting into the design. The Judges complimented the operational net-zero initiatives in place, with the building’s solar panels and air source heat pumps providing 100% of the energy used onsite.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

One Strawberry Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Client: Home Group / Ask Real Estate
  • Interior Designer: DLA Architecture / Ward Robinson (Part of Ryder Architecture)
  • Owner: Home Group
  • M&E Engineer: Hydrock / SES
  • Occupier: Home Group
  • Structural Engineer: Billinghurst George & Partners Consulting Engineers
  • Project Manager: AtkinsRealis
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hydrock (BREEAM)
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner and Townsend
  • Contractor: BAM Construction North East / Overbury
  • Architect: Ryder Architecture
  • Developer: Ask Real Estate
  • Agent: Cushman & Wakefield

The ESG award was presented to One Strawberry Lane in Newcastle upon Tyne, the new headquarters for national housing association, social enterprise and charity, Home Group. Comprising 70,000 sq. ft. of accommodation over six storeys, the project captures Home Group’s brief to create an office which truly represents the organisation and the people it supports. The building has revitalised the workplace experience following a switch to hybrid working, and the variety of collaboration spaces available are attracting both community and business, creating a flexible, sustainable, and inclusive workspace community that gives back to its city context. In all, the development provides more than 1,500 voluntary sector organisations with free workspace and event space. The judges noted that the project demonstrates how positive social impact can reach new heights; a workplace can make a positive impact, now and well into the future, if it is more than just an office.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

Sky Innovation Centre, Sky Campus, Osterley, Grant Way, Isleworth, London

  • Client: Sky
  • Interior Designer: AtkinsRealis
  • Owner: Sky
  • M&E Engineer: Arup
  • Occupier: Sky
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Architect: AtkinsRealis

The ESG award was given to Sky Innovation Centre which has been tailored to the needs of a creative end-user. The judges were especially taken by the project’s ability to hold all components of ESG at the core of its design, from the feasibility stages all the way through to operation. The building achieved BREEAM Outstanding together with WELL Platinum, all while creating an inspiring workplace. Designed to accommodate hybrid working, the building promotes collaboration and dynamic interaction across its impressive range of sustainable spaces.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Renfrew

  • Client: University of Strathclyde
  • Interior Designer: HLM Architects
  • Owner: National Manufacturing in Scotland
  • M&E Engineer: Davie & McCulloh
  • Structural Engineer: Waterman
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Sustainability Consultant: Greenbuild Consult
  • Contractor: Morrison Construction
  • Architect: HLM Architects

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Renfrew, was presented with not only the coveted ‘Corporate Workplace’ but also the award for ESG. Built for the University of Strathclyde and designed by HLM Architects, the judges were hugely impressed that it sets a new standard in environmental and energy achievements, earning BREEAM ‘outstanding’. A pivotal anchor for future development, NMIS is attracting global manufacturers as well as bridging small innovative businesses with larger organisations in an inspiring collaborative space. Its commitment to sustainability, innovation and industry collaboration is quickly establishing NMIS as a beacon of excellence.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

10 Brindley Place, Birmingham

  • Client: CBRE Investment Management
  • Interior Designer: Associated Architects
  • Owner: CBRE Investment Management
  • M&E Engineer: Couch Perry Wilkes
  • Structural Engineer: Cundall
  • Project Manager: Workman
  • Sustainability Consultant: Couch Perry Wilkes
  • Quantity Surveyor: MGAC
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon Interiors
  • Investment/Property Co: CBRE Investment Management
  • Architect: Associated Architects
  • Developer: Thamesis Asset Management
  • Agent: CBRE/Savills

Birmingham’s largest refurbishment project at 10 Brindleyplace was the recipient of both the ESG and Refurbished/Recycled Workplace awards. The scheme involved a complex back-to-frame refurbishment to connect two 20-year-old buildings into one single, open and connected floorplate, delivering more than 217,000 sq ft of modern office accommodation. The judges singled out this building for the ambition to pack multiple sustainable and smart features into the specification, resulting in several accreditations including two-star FitWel and WiredScore Platinum certification, and a 65% reduction in energy demand. The panel also recognised the strong focus on wellbeing strategies and amenities such as multiple roof terraces, a climbing wall, gymnasium and events space.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

Sky Innovation Centre, Sky Campus, Osterley, Grant Way, Isleworth, London

  • Client: Sky
  • Interior Designer: AtkinsRealis
  • Owner: Sky
  • M&E Engineer: Arup
  • Occupier: Sky
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Architect: AtkinsRealis

The ESG award was given to Sky Innovation Centre which has been tailored to the needs of a creative end-user. The judges were especially taken by the project’s ability to hold all components of ESG at the core of its design, from the feasibility stages all the way through to operation. The building achieved BREEAM Outstanding together with WELL Platinum, all while creating an inspiring workplace. Designed to accommodate hybrid working, the building promotes collaboration and dynamic interaction across its impressive range of sustainable spaces.

Innovation Award

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.

The Forge, 105 Sumner Street

  • Client: Landsec
  • Owner: Landsec
  • M&E Engineer: Bryden Wood
  • Structural Engineer: Bryden Wood
  • Sustainability Consultant: Bryden Wood
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine and Mace (JV)
  • Brief Consultant: Piercy & Co
  • Architect: Bryden Wood
  • Developer: Landsec
  • Agent: CBRE / USP

The Innovation award went to The Forge, which followed a unique procurement route in championing design for Manufacture (P-DfMA). Digital tools were used to conduct research around performance and productivity. This not only informed the design itself but gathered data which will guide future projects beyond the site boundaries, helping inspire the wider industry. Sustainability is a key focus of the project, which was the first UK commercial development designed and built to meet the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon standard. The final design consists of two buildings offering a generous and welcoming reception, courtyard space and quality amenity areas.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Tower Hamlets Town Hall, London

  • Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Owner: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • M&E Engineer: Atelier 10
  • Occupier: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood
  • Quantity Surveyor: Exigere
  • Contractor: Bouygues UK
  • Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Receiving the award for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, Tower Hamlets Town Hall brings together a number of the council offices providing an accessible and inclusive gateway to council services in the borough. The building is a new focal point of Whitechapel’s regeneration and consists of a restoration of a Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building. With a nod towards the key eras of the existing building’s past redevelopments between 1757 and 1906, the design draws on the architectural character inherent in each to enrich the new internal environment. The new Town Hall brings a London landmark back to life and reinvigorates it with a new purpose.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

BP London, 25 North Colonnade, London

  • Client: BP
  • Interior Designer: tp bennett
  • Owner: Blackstone
  • M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Sustainability Consultant: tp bennett / Hoare Lea
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend Alinea
  • Contractor: Overbury
  • Brief Consultant: tp bennett
  • Investment/Property Co: Blackstone
  • Architect: tp bennett
  • Developer: Blackstone
  • Agent: Cushman & Wakefield

BP London takes home the award for Best Fit out Workplace. The 20,000sqm of workspace creates a dynamic and energetic environment promoting collaboration and sparking innovative thinking. With sustainability as an imperative, the new office design offers an inclusive and nurturing ecosystem that celebrates diversity. The building not only successfully promotes the health and wellbeing of its staff, but also creates an uplifting experience for visitors, collaborators and communities.

Category sponsor

Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

Grainhouse, 34 Drury Lane, London

  • Client: Hines European Value Fund 2 - Hines Europe
  • Owner: Hines
  • M&E Engineer: Scotch Partners
  • Structural Engineer: Scotch Partners
  • Project Manager: M3
  • Sustainability Consultant: Scotch Partners
  • Contractor: Knight Harwood
  • Investment/Property Co: Hines European Value Fund 2 - Hines Europe
  • Architect: Barr Gazetas
  • Agent: M3

Grainhouse was crowned Best Corporate Workplace. The judges praised the project team’s ability to overcome a series of logistical challenges, not least a complex layout which stitched together five buildings overlapping different boroughs and levels. With a café, terrace and library on the top floor, the building makes the most efficient use of space, while ensuring good levels of natural lights on all floors. The office delivers an inspirational working environment, drawing on the history of the existing classical heritage building. The new high-quality feature staircase at its centre sets the tone for the rest of the project. Testament to its belief in having provided a high-quality occupier experience, the developer, Hines, took over a third of the building as its new European Headquarters.

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.

8 Bishopsgate, London

  • Client: Mitsubishi Estate London
  • Interior Designer: WilkinsonEyre
  • Owner: Mitsubishi Estate London
  • M&E Engineer: Arup
  • Occupier: Various
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Stanhope
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend Alinea
  • Contractor: Lendlease
  • Architect: WilkinsonEyre
  • Developer: Stanhope
  • Agent: BH2 / Knight Frank

This year Best Commercial Workplace was awarded to 8 Bishopsgate. With a clear aim of adding to the quality, not just quantity, of offices in the City, the building provides a generous 75,000sqft of amenity space comprised of cafes, lounges and an auditorium with an impressive capacity of 200. A viewing gallery also sits at level 50, adding to the project’s civic offering. Providing unrivalled views of the City, it is open to the public free of charge. With a high level of build quality on display throughout, the facilities management suite has been designed to be visible as the beating heart of the operation, and was also commended for its accessibility.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

All Saints, Austral Street, London

  • Client: EPR Studio
  • Interior Designer: EPR Architects
  • Owner: EPR Studio
  • M&E Engineer: Hilson Moran Partnership
  • Occupier: EPR Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Alan Baxters
  • Project Manager: EPR Architects
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hilson Moran Partnership
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Contractor: McCue Crafted Fit
  • Architect: EPR Architects

Winning the award for Projects up to 2,500sqm, All Saints is an exemplar of how an owner-occupier can reuse existing building assets. Originally an orphanage which was later transformed into a hospital and then an archive, this is the fourth iteration of a building that has seen a lifetime of different uses. Successfully navigating the constraints posed by the 19th-century building, the project celebrates its character while establishing a creative and inspiring workspace. The layout offers spaces for both smaller team-working structures as well as practice-wide interaction. The judges commended the achieved EPC B rating, admirable in a building built primarily of wood and brick.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

One Strawberry Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Client: Home Group / Ask Real Estate
  • Interior Designer: DLA Architecture / Ward Robinson (Part of Ryder Architecture)
  • Owner: Home Group
  • M&E Engineer: Hydrock / SES
  • Occupier: Home Group
  • Structural Engineer: Billinghurst George & Partners Consulting Engineers
  • Project Manager: AtkinsRealis
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hydrock (BREEAM)
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner and Townsend
  • Contractor: BAM Construction North East / Overbury
  • Architect: Ryder Architecture
  • Developer: Ask Real Estate
  • Agent: Cushman & Wakefield

The ESG award was presented to One Strawberry Lane in Newcastle upon Tyne, the new headquarters for national housing association, social enterprise and charity, Home Group. Comprising 70,000 sq. ft. of accommodation over six storeys, the project captures Home Group’s brief to create an office which truly represents the organisation and the people it supports. The building has revitalised the workplace experience following a switch to hybrid working, and the variety of collaboration spaces available are attracting both community and business, creating a flexible, sustainable, and inclusive workspace community that gives back to its city context. In all, the development provides more than 1,500 voluntary sector organisations with free workspace and event space. The judges noted that the project demonstrates how positive social impact can reach new heights; a workplace can make a positive impact, now and well into the future, if it is more than just an office.

Innovation Award

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.

Boho X, Gosford St, Middlesborough

  • Client: Middlesborough Council
  • M&E Engineer: H Malone & Sons
  • Occupier: Double 11
  • Project Manager: BCEGI
  • Sustainability Consultant: ARUP
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobold
  • Contractor: Galliford Try
  • Architect: jmarchitects

Boho X in Middlesborough – this year’s recipient of the Innovation award – will be an integral part of the wider Boho masterplan, the digital, creative, and business quarter of the Tees Valley. With 60,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space on offer, the development will provide a boldly designed environment within the area, supporting flexible and adaptable internal environments to suit new digital companies. The proposed building wraps around a central atrium providing a striking arrival into the building, with flexible floor plates allowing for the subdivision of the space for multiple tenants or a single user. A ground-floor shared café and workspace are positioned to spill out into a new urban orchard providing a high-quality contemporary landscape. The new office building will also boast a gym, health studio, lecture theatre, rooftop bar and external terrace contributing to the positive health and well-being of the building occupants and distinguishing itself as the market leader in modern office space. Demonstrating how public-private partnerships can facilitate incredible transformation, Boho X aims to create a world-renowned, thriving digital and creative sector in Middlesborough, its communities, and the wider region.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Drapers Yard, Marshall St, Holbeck, Leeds

  • Client: Fortrea
  • Interior Designer: DLA Architecture
  • M&E Engineer: FHP
  • Occupier: Fortrea
  • Structural Engineer: Adept
  • Project Manager: CBRE
  • Sustainability Consultant: Overbury
  • Quantity Surveyor: CBRE
  • Contractor: Overbury
  • Brief Consultant: Fortrea
  • Architect: DLA Architecture
  • Developer: CEG

Drapers Yard, the winner of the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category, has revitalised and repurposed the historic Kays Catalogue building into a high-quality work environment, supporting jobs and leading the way in biomedical science. Drapers Yards is the first development in the up-and-coming Temple District area to contribute towards improving connections to the wider city centre and surrounding communities. The team were commended for respecting the building’s previous incarnations, producing an innovative, creative space comprising a clinic, rooftop engagement space, GMP Pharmacy, production suites and high-quality workspace in a previously derelict building. By repurposing and saving embodied carbon alongside successfully delivering a challenging brief and complex design, the project was delivered at a difficult time, during a global pandemic.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

x+why, 100 Embankment, Salford, Cathedral Approach, Salford

  • Client: x+why
  • Interior Designer: John Robertson Architects
  • Owner: Salford City Council
  • M&E Engineer: Ridge
  • Occupier: x+why
  • Structural Engineer: Ramboll
  • Project Manager: Chroma Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
  • Contractor: ADT Workplace
  • Architect: John Robertson Architects
  • Developer: Ask Real Estate

Winner of the Fit out of Workplace category, co-working operator, x+why, at 100 Embankment, Salford, delivers an inspiring and unique space. The fit out spans the reception area, ground, first and second floors, as well as the roof terrace, and reflects the company’s ambition of creating community, collaboration and culture. Thanks to a true partnership approach to the project, combining a striking, outstanding design, quality finishes, social impact and sustainability, x+why has delivered a workplace with a difference at Embankment. Whether for start-ups in search of inspiration, growing teams seeking a supportive environment, or established businesses looking for a fresh start, x+why’s offering at 100 Embankment offers an impressive space where Salford and Manchester businesses can thrive.

Category sponsor

Corporate Workplace Award

This award is open to either a building commissioned by owner-occupiers or where the building has been customised by a developer for the occupier. The entry will be judged on the combined merits of its base build and fit out.

One Spinningfields Square, NatWest Group, Manchester

  • Client: NatWest Group
  • Owner: NatWest Group
  • M&E Engineer: RSP
  • Occupier: NatWest Group
  • Structural Engineer: Fairhurst
  • Project Manager: AtkinsRealis (Faithful & Gould)
  • Sustainability Consultant: RSP (SKA Assessor)
  • Quantity Surveyor: McBains
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Brief Consultant: MLA
  • Architect: MLA

The judges awarded the Best Corporate Workplace award to NatWest Group’s new Northern headquarters in One Spinningfields Square. The result of this extensive refurbishment has transformed the space into a dynamic hub for the banking group, providing its employees and clients with an exciting and unique workplace in the vibrant Deansgate area. The space celebrates Manchester’s rich industrial heritage featuring subtle references to the iconic worker bee alongside artwork by local creators. As part of its transition into the new space, NatWest Group revamped its Ways of Working, crafting a flexible office environment which incorporates a diverse range of work settings. Overall, the space was celebrated for fostering an inclusive atmosphere that prioritises staff well-being; achieved through the integration of brand-new wellness facilities, a multi-faith room, designated quiet and tech-free areas on office floors, and an external roof terrace.

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.

Globe Point, Temple, 1 Globe Rd, Holbeck, Leeds

  • Client: CEG
  • Interior Designer: Ekho Design Studio
  • Owner: CEG
  • M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Occupier: CEG
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP
  • Project Manager: Pierre Angulaire
  • Sustainability Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Brief Consultant: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Investment/Property Co: ASE II Globe Point
  • Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Developer: CEG
  • Agent: Fox Lloyd Jones

Globe Point in Leeds, which won the Commercial Workplace award, is a Grade A innovative office development, providing more than 40,000 sq. ft. of space over seven storeys. The healthy, flexible, workspace maximises natural daylight and is recognised with a BREEAM Excellent rating, WiredScore Platinum and NABERS 4.5 Star, which showcases its in-use sustainability credentials. Drawing on its rich ties to the industrial revolution, the expressive flat iron building with intricate brick detailing creates a bold gateway to the wider Temple masterplan. Judges noted the sensitive design overcame a number of challenges on a narrow, irregular site, close to the immediate conservation area. Designed to deal with the demands of changing workplace strategies, Globe Point raises the bar in terms of workspace quality, amenities, occupant wellbeing and sustainability.

PROJECTS UP TO 2,500m²

This category is for projects up to 2,500m² and covers all award categories; corporate, commercial, fit out and refurbished/recycled workplaces.

Merseyway Innovation Centre Stockport 21-23 Merseyway, Stockport

  • Client: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Interior Designer: 5plus Architects
  • Owner: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • M&E Engineer: CBRE
  • Occupier: Oxford Innovations
  • Structural Engineer: Renaissance
  • Project Manager: CBRE
  • Quantity Surveyor: CBRE
  • Contractor: TMT Group
  • Brief Consultant: 5plus Architects
  • Architect: 5plus Architects

Stockport’s Merseyway Innovation Centre has ambitiously transformed the old Merseyway Shopping Centre into a high-quality, shared working space that re-purposes vacant retail floorspace to provide a centrally located business centre. It provides office space primarily for start-up businesses with flexible offices to suit varying budgets to support growth. This ambitious re-configuration of the shopping centre demonstrates how such structures can be re-purposed with minimal intervention to create a no-compromise, low carbon and low energy workspace fully enabled to support businesses of the future and helping the town centre regeneration, adding footfall and critical mass to Stockport’s high street.

ESG

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the ESG Award. The Environment, Social & Governance Award recognises a project that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

Winners for this category are nominated and chosen by the regional judges from any of the other categories and presented at the regional awards. All regional winners go on to compete for the National ESG Award in October.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Renfrew

  • Client: University of Strathclyde
  • Interior Designer: HLM Architects
  • Owner: National Manufacturing in Scotland
  • M&E Engineer: Davie & McCulloh
  • Structural Engineer: Waterman
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Sustainability Consultant: Greenbuild Consult
  • Contractor: Morrison Construction
  • Architect: HLM Architects

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Renfrew, was presented with not only the coveted ‘Corporate Workplace’ but also the award for ESG. Built for the University of Strathclyde and designed by HLM Architects, the judges were hugely impressed that it sets a new standard in environmental and energy achievements, earning BREEAM ‘outstanding’. A pivotal anchor for future development, NMIS is attracting global manufacturers as well as bridging small innovative businesses with larger organisations in an inspiring collaborative space. Its commitment to sustainability, innovation and industry collaboration is quickly establishing NMIS as a beacon of excellence.

REFURBISHED / RECYCLED AWARD

A corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. Buildings involving only façade retention would be considered as new builds.

Eastworks, Gateway Court, Dalmarnock, Glasgow

  • Client: Clyde Gateway
  • Owner: Clyde Gateway
  • M&E Engineer: Atelier Ten
  • Structural Engineer: Curtins
  • Project Manager: Mace
  • Sustainability Consultant: Atelier Ten
  • Quantity Surveyor: Clark Contracts
  • Contractor: Clark Contracts
  • Architect: Sheppard Robson / INCH Architecture + Design

Eastworks in Glasgow, designed for Clyde Gateway by Sheppard Robson and INCH Architecture and Design, took home the award for Best Refurbished / Recycled Project. Preserving and reinventing a prominent structure from Glasgow’s Victorian industrial past, Eastworks offers five creative work spaces totalling 31,700 ft². The 94m-long, double-barrelled structure has been divided to create dramatic office space flooded with natural light with vibrant orange staircases and central mezzanines. The judges were particularly impressed with the community engagement and regeneration that underpins this project; transforming a vacant and derelict structure into light-filled workspaces that create future employment opportunities in the area.

Fit Out of Workplace

This category awards a space, or spaces, within a building that demonstrates a high quality of interior fit-out.

Deloitte Edinburgh, 9 Haymarket Square, Edinburgh