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We always look forward to seeing the list of British Council for Offices’ (BCO) awards winners. More than anything else, we like to ensure that we’re on the right track when it comes to the projects we’re covering – and, once again, we’re delighted to report that we’re most definitely on the right track, having focused on a number of the 2019 winners.
London’s 2 Television Centre was celebrated as ‘Best of the Best’ at the BCO National Awards recently, also taking home the ‘Commercial Workplace’ award. The Centre was joined by six other award winners, each recognised as leading examples of excellence in office space.
The BCO’s respected National Awards programme recognises top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK. The ceremony itself attracted over 1,200 key players from the office industry sector, who celebrated the best-in-class talent as the winners from the 2019 Regional Awards programme attended Grosvenor House, hoping to take home the National Award for their category.
Tony Hordon, Chair of the National Judging Committee, commented: ‘Every year, the nominees for the BCO’s National Awards reach impeccable standards and this year has proven itself to be no different. Our entrants are among the most high profile, challenging and innovative projects in our sector and it has been an honour to spend my first year as Chair of the National Judging Committee evaluating such exceptional work. My congratulations to the teams involved – you should all be very proud.’
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, added: ‘The standard of nominees at our National Awards astounds me each year. This year has been no exception – I have been struck by the inventiveness of this year’s projects, all of whom challenged themselves to push the boundaries of what best practice looks like. Even during uncertainty, our industry continues to grow and produce exceptional work. Congratulations to all nominees, our highly commended entrants and, of course, the award winners themselves.’
The full list of winners is:
2, Television Centre, London – ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Commercial Workplace’ Winner
Located at the heart of a multi-purpose redevelopment project in the centre of London, 2 Television City is an inspired example of the modern workplace. It delivers innovative amenities including a top-level swimming pool, a variety of workspaces and an impressive exterior that fits seamlessly with its surrounding site. The resulting office is one that is as innovative as it is respectful of its history – an accomplishment the judges agreed is no mean feat. – ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Commercial Workplace’
‘Projects up to 1,500’ : Live Works, Newcastle
Live Works is part of Newcastle’s ever-evolving cultural quarter. The project has delivered a vibrant hub of activity in what was previously a remarkable void in the Quayside. Tasked with delivering a commercial building in a challenging cultural context, the project is an example of how a single build can bring together disparate elements of its surrounding environment – and, in doing so, create a community-focused space.
– ‘Projects up to 1,500’
‘Fit Out of Workplace’: Deloitte HQ, 1 New Street Square, London
Deloitte HQ is an astounding fit-out that consistently goes the extra mile to put occupier experience at the heart of its design. Additional staircases, improved facilities and smart technology are set within a rich variety of flexible workspaces, which enable employees to feel more connected to each other and their clients. – ‘Fit Out of Workplace’
‘Corporate Workplace’: Janet Nash House, Durham
Janet Nash House is the new European HQ for City Electrical Factors. The materials used throughout are a celebration of its occupier’s trade, with the design mirroring the electrical cable. The office has been built to combine a variety of workstations, allowing the occupier to bring together all of its departments into one central location. Two distinctive blocks accommodate different working needs while a central atrium creates a sense of community and connectivity between the two.
– ‘Corporate Workplace’
‘Innovation’: Ingenuity House, Interserve UK Hub, Birmingham
Ingenuity House won the Innovation Award for successfully transforming the occupier’s way of working. The office focuses on health and wellbeing to create a community from what was previously a disparate network of regional offices. The judges agreed the greatest innovation is the provision of an intelligent occupier analysis system, which allows the occupier, Interserve, to adjust core FM settings to maximise the use of space and minimise energy consumption. – ‘Innovation’
‘Test of Time’: PwC, 1 Embankment Place, London
PwC’s Embankment office has truly stood the test of time. The project has genuinely led a transformation of working culture through a considered programme that increases the diversity of workstations, breaks down hierarchies and continues to change the way people work. The result is an office that has become a ‘destination’ and community for its people, far outgrowing its status as a workplace. – ‘Test of Time’
‘Refurbished/ Recycled Workplace’: Hanover, Manchester
Hanover in Manchester is a brave reworking of a Grade II listed building in the heart of the city. The BCO judges were impressed with the care and passion evident in every aspect of the refurbishment. The site’s careful restoration, which seamlessly hides the hardship endured by the build, has successfully blended the heritage of the site with a stunning contemporary design that now homes modern tech giant, Amazon.
– ‘Refurbished/ Recycled Workplace’
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