Michael Laird Architects' revamp of W. L. Gore & Associates' Edinburgh office was named Best of the Best workplace at the annual BCO national awards. The overhaul of the 30-year-old building, which also won Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, saw the space transformed with a new open-plan layout and major improvements of the building's environmental performance.
This topped a list of seven category awards given to workplaces around the UK. Wilkinson Eyre's design for The Crystal (onoffice 72) won the Innovation category; Cannon Place by Foggo Associates won Best Commercial Workplace; Best Corporate Workplace went to Associated Architects' Birmingham City Council HQ; Astellas European HQ by Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will won Best Fit-Out; Best Project up to 2,000sq m went to the Nestlé Product Technology Centre by DLA Architecture; and the Test of Time Award went to the Memphis Building by Shuttleworth Picknett Associates.
Richard Rogers scooped the BCO president's award for his contribution to office design.
The German Design Council has honoured Vorwerk Carpets with two Iconic Awards for new elastic flooring RE/COVER green, winner of Best Product in the Wall, Floor and Ceiling Sector and Best Product B2B Communication. The awards were given to Vorwerk in co-operation with the design bureau Hadi Teherani. The outstanding ecological and architectural product attributes exhibited by RE/COVER green and its resource-conserving production proved to be convincing for the jury. The collection is manufactured predominantly out of regenerative raw materials and has already been awarded both the German Blauer Engel label and the international Greenguard seal of approval.
The British Council for Offices is urging practices to get their entries in soon for its Regional Awards, with the deadline for submissions on 30 November. Each year the BCO selects the best workplace projects completed in five regions across the UK, which then go head to head for the National Awards. This year’s regional winners will be announced in April/May 2013.
At the 2012 National Awards, 7 More London Riverside won the Innovation Award after being nominated for the London & South East regional award. The Best of the Best and the Fit Out prizes were given to K&L Gates’ offices at One New Change, London, fitted out by Lehman Smith McLeish, after winning the London award. Virgin Money in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, won the Scotland regional award for best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace and then went on to win the National Award in the same category. The Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters did the same in the Corporate Workplace category.
Regional categories are Corporate, Commercial, Fit Out, Refurbished/Recycled and Projects up to 2,000sqm. Judges choose nominees for the Innovation Award from regional entrants. Projects must have been completed between 1 January 2009 and 1 November 2012. To download an entry guide, visit http://www.bcoawards.org.uk/enter/
The K&L Gates offices at One New Change, London, fitted out by Lehman Smith McLeish, has won the Best of the Best prize at the BCO awards. Having already won the Best Fit Out of Workplace category, it went up against the other category winners for the top prize and won for its forward-thinking fit out strategy. Awards chairman David Partridge said, “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. 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.”
The President’s Award was given to Gerald Ronson, CBE and Chief Executive at Heron International, for his six decades of service to the commercial property industry.
Six more national awards were also given: Best Commercial Workplace went to Heron Tower, London; Best Corporate Workplace went to the Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters, Manchester; Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace was awarded to Virgin Money, Edinburgh; Best Project up to 2,000m2 went to Creative Scotland, Edinburgh; the Innovation Award was won by 7 More London Riverside, London; and the Test of Time Award went to Fort Dunlop, Birmingham.
See the list of regional winners and read more about the national winners on the British Council for Offices website.
The Sleep Event is coming up in November, with 150 international companies already booked in to exhibit including first timers Kaldewei UK, Lasvit and Thomas Interiors. Where the show comes alive is in the Sleep Hotel, an installation where each year a range of interior designers are asked to design a 5* luxury hotel room within the confines of a 23sqm space. This year’s rooms are designed by Bisset Adams together with 8build, Nous Design with Overbury, Scott Brownrigg with Willmott Dixon Interiors and Yasmin Mahmoudieh.
Alongside the show there is also the European Hotel Design Conference, with presentations, panel discussions and debates for the hotel design, development and investment industries. This year’s programme features speakers including interior designer Tara Bernerd, Richard Seymour, co-founder of Seymour Powell, Michael Gray, general manager/area director UK and Ireland at Hyatt, Gregori Chikaher, director, global hotels and leisure business leader at Arup.
This year also marks the 15th year of the European Hotel Design Awards, taking place on Tuesday 20 November. Sleep is the only trade exhibition in Europe to focus entirely on hotel design, development and architecture, featuring suppliers in the bathroom, fabrics, furniture, flooring and lighting industries. It takes place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 21-22 November.
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