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.