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British Council for Offices Names the UK’s Best
Work Places
Bloomberg’s London Headquarters heralded the ‘Best of the Best’ at the British Council for Offices’
National Awards
L
ondon’s Bloomberg office came
out on top at the British Council
for Offices’ (BCO) National
Awards in the capital last night,
taking home both the ‘Best of the
Best’ and the ‘Corporate Workplace’
awards. The office was joined by five
other award winners recognised for
excellence in office space.
The full list of winners is:
‘Best of the Best’ and
‘Corporate
Workplace’:
Bloomberg, London
‘Commercial
Workplace’:
Number One Kirkstall Forge,
Leeds
‘Refurbished/
Recycled
Workplace’:
Here
East,
London
‘Innovation’: White Collar
Factory, London
‘Fit Out of Workplace’:
Registers of Scotland – SVP
Platform, Glasgow
‘Projects up to 1,500’: Albert
Works, Sheffield
The BCO’s respected National Awards
programme recognises top quality office
design and functionality, setting the
standard for excellence across the office
sector in the UK. The awards dinner
attracted over 1,200 key players from
the office sector to celebrate the best-inclass talent. Winners from the 2018
Regional Awards programme attended
the event at London’s Grosvenor House,
hoping to take home the National Award
for their category.
Bloomberg, located in the heart of the
City of London, consolidates the
company’s workforce of 4,000 into a new
European headquarters for the first time.
The BCO judging panel described it as
one of the most significant office
developments in recent times, and an
‘exceptional’
workplace
for
its
occupants. They agreed that Bloomberg
is an exemplar of sustainability and
wellbeing: having achieved the highest
BREEAM score of any building to date.
The judges also were impressed by the
building’s striking central spiral ramp,
designed to promote collaboration and
communication among its staff.
Number One Kirkstall Forge is the first
commercial building within Kirkstall
Forge, the regeneration of one of the
UK’s oldest continually industrialised
sites, which will ultimately be
transformed
into
a
mixed-used
community with a potential for up to
1,000 homes and a total of 300,000 sq.ft.
of office space and supporting
amenities. The judges praised Number
One Kirkstall Forge for delivering a truly
unique workplace environment, which
subtly reinterprets the site’s wooded
riverside setting whilst setting a high
standard of contemporary workplace
design.
Here East now provides London with a
new tech campus comprising 1.2M sq.ft.
of office space for a wide range of
tenants and start-up companies. The
judges noted the clever architectural
interventions, which have transformed
the building from a two-storey shed with
blank, solid facades to an office with a
“dazzling” patterned exterior. The panel
describe Here East as a benchmark for
tech hubs around the world, as well as
a major contributor to the ongoing
regeneration of its locale.
The 39,285 sqm White Collar Factory,
located on Old Street’s ‘Silicon
Roundabout’, was lauded by the judges
for its ingenuity, creativity and boldness.
Notable features of this workplace
include a landscaped roof terrace and
an elevated running track, both of which
have proved popular with tenants. The
judging panel commented that the
standard set by White Collar factory
goes far beyond those of a usual
commercial office development and, in
their view, will continue to set a high
benchmark in innovation for many years
to come.
Registers of Scotland – SVP Platform
was designed and delivered as a new
smart working environment to support
the organisation’s digital transformation
programme, relocating staff from their
previous Glasgow and Edinburgh
offices. The BCO judging panel
described the project as a great example
of the public sector leading the way in
the delivery of excellence in offices.
They praised those involved in the
project for their seamless and
enthusiastic collaboration, which has
ultimately lead to the delivery of an
excellent working environment for the
Registers of Scotland workforce.
Albert Works, is a recently completed
workplace converted from disused, and
previously dilapidated, traditional redbrick industrial warehouses. It is the first
phase of a larger £10million ‘Alsop’s
Field’ regeneration project in the heart
of Sheffield’s Cultural Industry Quarter
(CIQ) conservation area. The BCO
judges praised the sensitivity and quality
of both the restoration of the brick
warehouse and the seamless integration
of the newer intervention, describing the
main external façade as boldly different,
yet delicate and sympathetic to the
building’s historic industrial context.
Nigel Clark, Chair of the BCO National
Judging Panel, commented: “Each year,
the buildings considered by the BCO
Awards judging panel are of an
incredibly high standard, representing
the very best of the UK office sector. This
year’s entrants are no exception,
including developments within high
profile regeneration projects, prominent
new headquarters and innovative
refurbishments. The ‘Best of the Best’
winner, Bloomberg, goes beyond best
practice – it has delivered something
truly exceptional in the heart of London,
and has reset the benchmark for
corporate headquarter buildings.
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the
BCO, added: “This year’s BCO National
Awards nominees have variously
displayed considered placemaking,
innovative design and a commitment to
sustainability and wellbeing. The
common factors between them all, and
for the winners in particular, were the
sheer quality of the workplaces, along
with the commitment and ambition of all
parties involved in the development.
Congratulations to all nominees, our
highly commended entrants and, of
course, the award winners themselves”.
For more information about the awards
and the winners this year visit the BCO
website (www.bco.org.uk). Entries for
2019’s BCO Regional and National
Awards programme opened on 3rd
October.
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