London’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.
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, said of the winners: “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”.
Here are the winners:
Bloomberg, ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Corporate Workplace’ winner – Located in the heart of the City of London, Bloomberg 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, ‘Commercial Workplace’ winner – This 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, ‘Refurbished/ Recycled Workplace’ winner- Providing London with a new tech campus comprising 1.2M sq.ft. of office space for a wide range of tenants and start-up companies, Here East has been widely lauded this year. 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.
White Collar Factory, ‘Innovation’ winner- 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, ‘Fit Out of Workplace’ winner- This 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, ‘Projects up to 1,500’ winner- This recently completed workplace was converted from disused, and previously dilapidated, traditional red-brick 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.
Bloomberg’s London Headquarters heralded the ‘Best of the Best’ at the British Council for Offices’ National Awards