All the winners, highly commended and shortlisted entries from December’s hugely successful Mixology North16 awards in Manchester. However, we aim to be inclusive, therefore the following pages contain all those who took the time to enter our Project of the Year award categories – regardless of the results on the night. The five categories are: Small Commercial Interior (below 15,000 sq ft), Medium Commercial Interior (15,000-50,000 sq ft), Large Commercial Interior (over 50,000 sq ft), Public Sector Interior and Hospitality Interior. These categories will be replicated at Mixology in London on the 22nd June, so be prepared to put some time aside in February when entries open for the summer bash. In the meantime, please feast your eyes on some of the great projects of the last 12 months.
Small Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
CPMG Architects – John Pye Luxury Assets
The boutique showroom designed for John Pye Auctions’ ‘Luxury Assets’ offers clients a luxurious environment for private viewings of high end jewellery, artwork and antiques. Considered a strategic foothold, the showroom will offer a wide range of professional valuation, appraisal and property services to clients in the South and internationally.
DV8 Designs – YKK
DV8 Designs were appointed by YKK UK Ltd, a world renowned provider of fastening solutions, to redesign their showroom area at their factory near Preston Brook. Using company colours, DV8 Designs created a bold, bright and flexible space with moveable display cases, relaxing spaces and a private glazed meeting room.
HL – Project Stone for Cundall Newcastle
Project Stone = intelligent solution + sustainability + well being Cundall Newcastle HQ was relocated and designed to create a workplace which encapsulates their working ethos, sustainable ethics and is attentive to staff well being. Design inspiration combines engineered geometry with natural landscapes to create a biophilic and transient interior.
Jasper sanders + partners Equistone Partners (Europe)
Failing to reflect the brand identity of investment management firm Equistone and requiring significant spatial reorganisation to provide an effective workplace, the design and fit-out of the Manchester office located at 55 King Street provided an opportunity to create a quality, highly efficient work environment fitting of the financial sector.
Spatial Office Environments – Portswigger
A web application security software company, were expanding and required new designer offices which helped to promote staff wellbeing and collaborative working. They chose Spatial Office Environments as their fit out partner and entrusted them to deliver a world class office environment for their staff. The end result is a stunning office that anyone would love to work within.
OBI Property – urbanbubble
Residential property management company urbanbubble is a quickly growing business and required a large, new office space. OBI Property worked with the team at urbanbubble to design a space which reflects the vibrancy and fast pace of the dynamic business.
RFD Interior Architecture – SGS The Maltings
RFD have brought back to life the beautiful original features of Hull’s Old Brewery, integrating them into a functional working environment. Maintaining the industrial look and feel, they have created a warming, natural ambiance and aesthetic, preserving the original architecture and quirky features of this historic site.
ruCREATIVE – Ward Hadaway
ruCREATIVE has successfully designed and implemented a first class office space within the new office development at Wellington Place, Leeds. Working with fit-out contractor Absolute Commercial Interiors, developer MEPC and property agent Savills, the team successfully delivered a premium office interior that exceeds client expectations.
OBI Property – e3creative
OBI Property provided the design, project management and fit-out for digital agency e3creative’s new office on the 4th floor of Queens House, Queens Street, Manchester. OBI Property took its inspiration from Manchester’s industrial heritage to create a working environment that has seen the team at e3 thrive.
Spatial Office Environments – Wheelabrator
Wheelebrator, part of the Norican group, required a new office which better reflected their business and promoted staff retention, well being and collaborative working. They chose Spatial Office Environments as their fit out partner and entrusted them to deliver a world class office environment for their staff. The end result is another stunning office that anyone would love to work within.
stephenson STUDIO – Russells Construction HQ
The new interior of Russells Construction, a leading North West building contractor, features an open plan layout with exposed ceilings, revealing the structure and building services. Expansive sight lines, modern furniture and a palette of blackened steel, concrete and rough sawn oak all contribute to the industrial aesthetics.
Medium Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
5plus Architects – AstraZeneca Academy House
Academy House is a 30,000 sq ft fit-out of AstraZeneca’s new head office in Cambridge. The concept, spun from atomic structure, reflects the business’ aspiration to enhance connectivity between its people and places globally. The design promotes AstraZeneca’s activity based working principles encouraging informal, chance meetings and offers a high level of workplace flexibility.
NORR Consultants with HAA Design – WEIR Group
A refined and carefully considered office fit-out appropriate for a blue chip company, modern design with classic undertones help to bring a long standing company with a rich history into the 21st century. Clever use of materials and space give the WEIR Group HQ the presence and flexibility the company desired.
Powell Office Style – In touch games
Leading on-line gambling company, In Touch Games chose Powell Office to create new office space. The end result, delivered on time and on budget, has seen a step change in their business with clear and measurable improvements in productivity, staff attraction and retention and impact on the bottom line. The business owners are delighted with the end result both environmentally, aesthetically and financially.
Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
AEW Architects and Designers – Moneypenny
Rip up the rule book and create a space that inspires’ – this was the brief for the new 91,000 sq ft Moneypenny Headquarters in Wrexham. Set within 10 acres of landscaped amenity, the building brings staff from five offices under one roof and features a village pub, stadium seating and a treehouse
BDG architecture + design – Sky ‘Digital Centre of Excellence’
BDG redesigned 3 adjacent buildings at Leeds Dock, to deliver a welcoming home for Sky’s “Digital Centre of Excellence”, whilst retaining a connection to the heritage of the area. New mezzanine floors were created with new stair, lift and WC cores added to each building. This is now home to 700+ people.
KKA Interiors – Verde, Newcastle
KKA Interiors worked alongside architects Simpson Haugh and Partners to deliver a scheme with the end user at its heart, creating an attractive product for all public areas and bedrooms, enabling Verde to set itself apart in a highly competitive market.
OBI Property – Rentalcars.com
OBI Property provided the design, project management and fit-out for a £2.5 million project to comprehensively refurbish the international customer service centre for Rentalcars.com at Sunlight House, Manchester. The 60,000 sq ft project draws inspiration from Manchester’s rich heritage of science, industry and culture and the current vibrancy of the City.
SpaceInvader – Middlewood Court, AstraZeneca
Middlewood Court’s transformation has not only delivered a beautiful working environment, it has created AstraZeneca’s first fully agile workplace. A space providing a variety of work settings alongside state-of-the-art technology, the flexible, collaborative facility is supported by the client’s commitment to inspire and is enjoyed by the entire Campus.
Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year
FaulknerBrowns – The Word
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, represents a paradigm shift in public learning buildings. It puts individuals at the heart of the scheme and delivers environments which are relevant to todays social and
cultural needs. The Word proves that buildings can be democratic, relevant and creative.
CPMG Architects – Student Services Centres, U of N
The Student Service Centres were developed in response to the University of Nottingham’s Project Transform strategy, which places students at the heart of the university’s activities. The centres are distributed across the University’s estate and provide students with access to information and advice they might need during their time there.
Hemisphere/Jasper Sanders + Partners – RMCH Oncology Outpatients
This refurbishment of waiting and treatment areas at Europe’s biggest children’s hospital was designed to make a more comfortable and child friendly environment for young people undergoing chemotherapy treatment. No structural changes were permitted so impact had to come from space planning, graphic story-telling and a non-institutional approach to furnishings.
Space Zero – Holywell Learning Campus
Holywell Learning Campus is a showcase of considered, methodical design principles, strategically delivered to result in enhanced learning experiences and outcomes for its learners and educators. Identified as one of the key projects in Wales demonstrating exemplary performance of BIM, the project has generated new jobs, created a sustainable community environment and, in the creation of this environment, Space Zero delivered savings of £1.32m.
stephenson STUDIO – Chethams School of Music
A new concert hall for Chetham’s School of Music is the second phase of the music school completed in 2012. The world class orchestral concert hall is an acoustically isolated box within a box retro-fitted into the voluminous form of the existing school of music. The new concert hall has a 484 seat capacity, which will include a choir, gallery and balcony.
Ward Robinson – HMRC Model Office and Events Space
HMRC commissioned Ward Robinson to design a model office and events space to trial different ways of working, test the boundaries and thinking in use of workspace and technology. Innovative and modern ways of working were introduced, creating an environment that is simply a great place to work.
Hospitality Interiors Project of the Year
33 Interiors – The Chester Grosvenor Hotel
33 created a bedroom which provides a unique guest experience and allows the hotel to offer it’s guests a modern, yet elegant bedroom environment as well as enhancing their position in the market. This was been achieved by combining high quality, traditional finishes and furnishings, with modern detailing, fittings and integrated technology.
5plus Architects – Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange Manchester has been entirely re-invented, Phase I successfully converted the lower floors to 17 restaurant units. Street frontages are reactivated, and the original trading floor reinstated providing dining under the impressive glazed dome whilst correcting the proportions of the Exchange Hall. The building now trades internally and externally, reconnecting with the city on all sides.
BDP – Oldham Town Hall
Oldham Town Hall is a landmark Grade II listed building. BDP’s design unlocks the potential for the adaptive re-use of the former Town Hall building. BDP’s design retains all three fine sandstone and red brick elevations of the existing building and also restores the finest of the surviving decorated rooms within. A new glass and sandstone extension ingeniously resolves the circulation and levels issues.
Dragonfly Contracts – Pullman Hotel
The Pullman Hotel, a 4 star 216 bedroom hotel developed as part of the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, located on the historic waterfront. Dragonfly helped develop the FF&E with the interior architects, from concept to reality, a design led yet cost effective scheme to a tight delivery program.
DV8 Designs – Castle St Townhouse
DV8 Designs worked on this Grade II listed building in Liverpool City Centre, to create an effortless look design; combining a series of modern classic British décor with the existing decorative building elements. Using exaggerated pieces to for a classy and elegant venue that aims to mirror the brands day to night transformation.
KKA Interiors – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
Redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol Sport, established Bristol’s premier conference and events venue featuring state-of-the-art facilities and hub for local community. Ashton Gate Stadium demonstrates just how important symbiotic image, design and brand have become to KKAI, and all have been delivered under incredibly tight commercial pressures.
Koncept ID – Seaham Hall
Nestled amongst landscaped gardens Seaham Hall is an exclusive five-star spa hotel that boasts cliff top views over Durham’s heritage coast line. Steeped in history the Georgian Country House has been lovingly restored to become a picturesque destination hotel in the North East.
DV8 Designs – Head of Steam
DV8 Designs transformed this Grade II listed building in Sheffield into one of the latest franchise for Cameron’s Brewery. Using a mixture of hard surfaces, they designed a playful interior that balances between the modern urban and industrial feel and yet compliments the heritage of the building in which it is housed.
NoChintz – Lews Castle Natural Retreats
Manchester-based design studio NoChintz is undertaking the design of various hospitality spaces within Lews Castle – an 18th century building undergoing substantial refurbishment. The studio has just completed Phase 1: designing interiors for the whisky bar, private living space, café and store, which are both beautiful and contemporary, whilst sympathetically address the castle’s heritage.
Sally O’Loughlin- The King Street TownHouse
King Street Townhouse hotel is an 1872 Edward Solomon Italian renaissance building, located in such a prominent and historic area of Manchester city centre. Kings Street Townhouse now provides a quintessentially English ’baby grand’ hotel of 40 bedrooms and suites, the Tavern restaurant, afternoon tea lounges, meeting and event spaces and a 7th floor infinity spa pool and relaxation area with panoramic views across the city.
SpaceInvader – Dukes 92
Elle R Leisure announced they would be investing £1m in a major refurbishment of Dukes92. The 6,000 sq/ft project was completed in just three months and the focal point of the new space is a dramatic 50ft brass bar with a spectacular full height diamond form bottle display above it.