3 Oct 2012
BCO Award Winners - 2012
British Council For Offices Awards 2012 : Winners - Buildings + Architects
K&L GATES AT ONE NEW CHANGE NAMED BEST OFFICE OF 2012
Fusion of function and form scoops top prize at British Council for Offices National Awards
photos from BCO Awards
K&L Gates at One New Change, London, was named the ‘Best of the Best’ workplace in the country at the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) annual National Awards in London last night. K&L Gates was also named ‘Best Fit Out of Workplace’ in the UK, and topped a list of six other award winners recognised for excellence in office space.
• Best Commercial Workplace:
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
photo © Adrian Welch
Heron Tower,110 Bishopsgate, London
• Best Corporate Workplace:
Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester
picture from architect
Greater Manchester Police HQ
• Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace:
Virgin Money, 28 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
photo © Paul Zanre
• Best Fit Out of Workplace:
K&L Gates, One New Change, London
Ateliers Jean Nouvel with Sidell Gibson Architects
photo © Paul Riddle
One New Change
• Best Project up to 2,000m2:
Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
image from architect
• Innovation Award:
7 More London Riverside, London
photo © David Barbour / BDP
7 More London Riverside
• Test of Time Award:
Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham
photo : Urban Splash
K&L Gates’ fit-out of its One New Change office was singled out by judges for the boldness of the client in having the foresight to sign up early enough to integrate the fit out design team with the base build. This meant that they could design and complete the project during the main construction phase of the building, ensuring they created a workspace fit for purpose from the outset.
While throwing up a number of challenges, the finished fit-out married a functional and traditional cellular layout with an arresting aesthetic which centres on the stunning views of neighbouring St Paul’s. Testament to the success of the development has been the fact that the collaborative, stylish environment created has delivered tangible business benefits.
David Partridge, Joint Chief Executive of Argent and BCO Awards Chairman, commented: “K&L Gates has set an impressive example of the importance – and potential benefits – of keeping the ultimate end use of any project in mind as early as the base build. By getting involved at this stage, the occupier was able to adapt and influence a challenging building to deliver a highly effective fit-out, planned according to its own needs. The result is a consummately assured design which has had a positive effect on the business – showing the impact a successful new workplace can have on wider corporate objectives.”
Another notable winner at this year’s ceremony was Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, recipient of the ‘Test of Time’ Award. The ‘Test of Time’ Award, launched last year, is designed to recognise previous Award winners that have achieved the original objectives set for them, and displayed flexibility in being able to adapt to changing occupier needs over time.
Fort Dunlop, a previously neglected prominent landmark building, became a symbol of a regeneration failure in the outskirts of Birmingham before Urban Splash transformed the development into a mixed-use scheme comprising offices, shops and a hotel which still thrives today.
The site’s industrial past became a focus rather than a memory – in recognition of which Fort Dunlop was named ‘Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace’ at the BCO Awards in 2008. All waste rubble was used to create new car parks, internal columns were used to divide up the vast space into small offices, and high ceilings were kept to compensate for narrow widths. To further boost the green credentials of the redevelopment, a sedum roof was installed and used to create a sense of community amongst the numerous occupiers successfully attracted and retained.
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, said: “Against the context of another tough year for the UK economy, the office sector continues to demonstrate how it can deliver value beyond its core purpose. Businesses are increasingly reaping the benefits of workplaces that reinforce and reflect their corporate identity, improve efficiency in working practices, and boost staff morale.
“Every year we see innovation in design and technology – particularly to drive energy efficiency – embraced and then moved on even further. This year is no exception, which is all the more remarkable by the fact many were brought to fruition during the economic downturn. For this, every entrant is to be congratulated.”
The ceremony also saw BCO President and Deputy Chairman of the Wates Group, James Wates, recognise Gerald Ronson, CBE and Chief Executive for Heron International, for his outstanding six decades service to the commercial property industry.
For more information about the awards and the winners this year visit the BCO website (www.bco.org.uk).
About the BCO
• The British Council for Offices (BCO) is the UK’s leading member organisation representing the interests of all those who occupy, design, build, own or manage offices in the UK. Since inception in 1990, the BCO has provided thought leadership and best practice in all issues related to the creation and use of office space – through to its research, awards, conference and events programmes. www.bco.org.uk
• Forthcoming dates of note:
- BCO Awards 2013 Call for Entries (10 Oct – 30 Nov 2012)
- The Offices Summit 2012, in association with Estates Gazette (15 Nov 2012)
- BCO Intellibuild Conference (21 Nov 2012)
- Annual Conference, Madrid (15-17 May 2013)
• The National Awards judging panel includes: David Partridge - Argent (Chair), Peter Crowther - Bruntwood, Sara Fox – FOX&Co Consulting, Glenn Howells – Glenn Howells Architects, and Tim Robinson – Knight Frank.
• The lead sponsor for this year’s BCO Awards is ISG. Gold sponsors are Grontmij, hurleypalmerflatt, SAS International, Land Securities, Davis Langdon and Jackson Coles. Silver sponsors are Arup, Buro Four, Crest Nicholson, Foreman Roberts, mac-interiors, Mott MacDonald, Troup Bywaters + Anders. Bronze sponsors are: 5plus Architects, Brookfield and Couch Perry Wilkes. This year’s awards are in association with Estates Gazette.
12 Oct 2010
BCO Award Winners - 2010
David McAlpine and the Sir Robert McAlpine Family
Best of the Best
Eleven Brindleyplace, Birmingham, England
Glenn Howells Architects
photograph © James Brittain
West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, Scotland
Guardian News & Media, Kings Place, London, England
Eleven Brindleyplace, Birmingham
Fit-out of Workplace
PricewaterhouseCoopers, 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Broad Gate, 22-26 The Headrow, Leeds
Projects up to 2,000m²
Graeae Theatre Company, Bradbury Studios, 138 Kingsland Road, London
WINNING TEAM’S SUCCESS AT BCO NATIONAL AWARDS
Innovative engineering design consultants Maleon, is this week celebrating winning an award at the prestigious BCO (British Council for Offices) 2010 awards.
Maleon, which is based in Sawbridgeworth, Herts, was part of a team of consultants and contractors who worked on a building project for the Graeae Theatre Company in Hackney, East London. Graeae is a disabled-led theatre company who wanted to turn a historic tram shed into a vibrant, colourful, functional workplace for its diverse range of users.
The resulting building, for which Maleon designed the building services engineering (mechanical, electrical and public health), won the national award for a project up to 2,000m2 at the BCO awards who aim to recognise top quality design and functionality.
Maleon’s Associate Director Matthew Lubbock explained: “From the start it was clear that the scheme would be very different from some of the more typical projects we work on. The Client and Architect had a very clear vision of the way the space needed to operate and our challenge was to enable this vision whilst not overburdening the project with cost and also the Client with over complicated systems. We therefore aimed to keep the services functional, effective and straightforward to operate and maintain.
One of the bigger challenges was the fact that due to planning restrictions the building had no plant space externally and this combined with its immediate neighbours being an apartment block, meant plant location would be critical. To overcome this we designed a plant enclosure within the roof space, blending this with the lantern type roof structure. All the heat rejection plant was then sealed and acoustically treated to overcome noise emissions.”
The project was delivered on time and on budget, by the project team which incorporated Artillery (Architects and Project Managers), BA Partnership (Quantity Surveyor and CDMC), Paragon Management (Main Contractor). It took eight months to complete and the judges were particularly impressed with how the volume of the original structure was optimised and the sustainability of the entire project.
Judith Kilvington of Graeae was thrilled her theatre was a national winner and added: “Maleon provided a sensitive heating and lighting system which, crucially for us, can be adjusted quickly and easily according to individual requirements and different zones in the building. As our M&E Engineers they worked with us creatively to hide the plant room in redundant roof space and pipes behind a beautifully curved ceiling. It’s been great working with such a great team!”
BCO Award Winners - 2009
- Best Commercial Workplace
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London
photo : Richard Bryant/ARCAID, 2008
- Best Corporate Workplace:
Potterow Development, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace
Memphis Building for Student Loans Company, Darlington, England
Shuttleworth Picknett Associates
- Best Fit-out of Workplace
Microsoft Building 5, Thames Valley Business Park, Reading, England
TP Bennett/Pringle Brandon
- Best Project up to 2,000sqm
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Headquarters, Balloch, Scotland
- Innovation Award
BCO Award Winners - 2008
Eric Parry Architects wins two British Council for Offices awards
8 Oct 2008
BCO Award Winner 2008
Eric Parry Architects’ 5 Aldermanbury Square project scooped two awards at British Council for Office’s (BCO) awards ceremony 7 October 2008, winning both the national and regional awards in the Commercial Workplace category.
Michael Laird Architects won the Small Projects award for buildings up to 2,000m2 for the new McInroy & Wood Headquarters in Haddington.
The Refurbished/Recycled Workplace award was won for The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Kirkstane House in St Vincent Street, Glasgow.
BCO Awards 2007
BCO Award Winners - 2007
President's Award – Paul Morrell
Best of the Best – ISG Headquarters, Aldgate House, London
Innovation: eOffice, 1 Portland Street, Manchester
Corporate Workplace – Great Glen House, Inverness, Scotland
Commercial Workplace – Asticus Building, 21 Palmer Street, London
Fit-out of Workplace - ISG Headquarters, Aldgate House, London
Small Projects – The Lemsford Mill Estate, nr Welwyn Garden City, Herts
Refurbished/Recycled Workplace – The Hub, Farnborough Business Park, Hants
Links to some winners:
Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington by BDP
Scottish Natural Heritage HQ, Inverness by Keppie : Best Corporate Workplace in UK
Aurora building, Glasgow by Cooper Cromar : Best Commercial Workplace in Scotland
BCO Award Winners 2006
BCO Award Winners - 2006
BCO Award’s are recognised as the gold standard for office space and every year attract the cream of UK corporate real estate.
BCO’s chief executive Richard Kauntze reinforced this message: “Productivity, happiness and creativity of employees all depend on the quality of the environment in which they work. The BCO awards have created awareness of office workplaces, placing them at the forefront of the publics attention”. With more than 7 million people in the UK working in offices, the BCO awards have inspired owners and developers of office buildings to compete to be the best.
The majority of winners have received top Environmental Assessment ratings (BREEAM) - a standard that is used to measure and assess the environmental performance of both new and existing buildings. Within the UK, BREEAM is regarded as a measurement of quality for best practice in environmental design and management. Reflecting the pressure that government bodies have been putting on the development of buildings to be built with sustainable and environmental objectives.