Presented each year to projects from across the Untied Kingdom, the British Council of Offices National awards ceremony took place last night. With seven categories, from innovation to fit out and the Test of Time award, the ceremony seeks to set a benchmark for workplace design. The awards presented a range of projects that distinctively excelled beyond aesthetic quality and set a precedent on workplace design.
Commercial Workplace Award: Crown Estate’s One Eagle Place, London
The award for the commercial workplace was taken by One Eagle Place, based in a sensitive location in Piccadilly. The building faced certain challenges during re-development but has shown to become a vital part of the urban streetscape now. It won for an excellent environmental performance, efficient floor plates and for becoming a part of the external space as well as internally coherent.
Refurbished/Sustainability Workplace Award: Derby Council House, Derby
The council houses of the district of Derby in a listed 1930s building presents the merging to old and modern design together coherently. By maintaining the facade and roofline, the actual site space was increased and has won for its creative use of flexible working spaces and accommodating public meeting places and venues into the main frame. The building can also boast a BREEAM Excellent, EPC A rating.
Corporate Workplace Award & Best of the Best Award: Number One Riverside, Rochdale Council, Rochdale
Rochdale Council stole the show with two national awards. As well as the Corporate workplace award, the Number One Riverside site also won the prestigious BCO ‘Best of the Best ‘award. Hailed a success for its high-quality aesthetics and energy efficiency, it has stimulated investment into Roachdale Town centre. Alongside appealing and welcoming public areas, the building proves it is a high quality working environment.
Fit Out Workplace Award: Arthur J Gallagher, The Walbrook Building, London
Situated in Walbrook Building, originally design by Foster, Arthur J Gallager won the award for the outstanding use of smart solutions to meet the challenges posed by a lack of natural light. Each challenge has been met thoughtfully and the result is a high quality, attractive and motivating workplace environment. Rather then working against the buildings unusual shape and facade, internally, the fit out matches the shapes and becomes tuned in with the overall structure. This has created a fine detailed space in each area, form the large flexible and dense trading floor to the modern meeting rooms and energetic break out areas.
Projects upto 2,000m2 Award: Argent, 4 Stable Street, London
This Grade II listed building, formally a train shed in the Kings Cross redevelopment site now houses the developer Argent and is a core representation of the values and capabilities they hold. Setting out a high level of energy efficient targets from the outset, the fit out is the first of its kind to receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The office spaces have been planned superbly and in cohesion to each relatable space. From the open plan areas, marketing suite, meeting rooms and exhibition and event spaces, to the living room, staff kitchen, and terrace complete with a herb garden; the merging of traditional industrial structures and modern fit out is represented with perfect success.
Innovation Award: The Sharp Project, Manchester
An abandoned 250,000 sq ft building restored and brought up to touch to become a vibrant and inspiring space. Housing 54 digital companies and the home for a number of network dramas, the well thought out and unconventional design has won The Sharp Project the national award for innovation.
Test of Time award: The Guardian Media Group, Kings Place (originally won in 2010)
The test of time award is given to a project that has won in previous years up to four years back. Awarded the BCO ‘Best of the Best’ in 2010, the building designed by Dixon Jones proves a worthy home for one of the worlds oldest newspaper company. It is the modest design that allows the building to develop along with evolving market conditions and part of the success of the project has been the involvement of The Guardian Media Group throughout. The success of the model used during its development proves that Kings Place has so far stood, according to the BCO, the test of time.