The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced the winners of the 2016 National Awards. The BCO Awards program was established to recognize “ top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK,” providing a benchmark for excellence in design and functionality. This year’s ‘Best of the Best’ winner was The Enterprise Center at the University of East Anglia by Architype.
“This year we have once again seen a fantastic range of diverse and innovative workplaces, highlighting Britain’s position at the forefront of the global office sector. The Enterprise Centre stands tall as both a dynamic and collaborative work and event space, and as a benchmark in sustainable design," said Emma Crawford, Managing Director of Central London Leasing at CBRE and BCO National Awards Chair.
Continue reading to see this year’s winners.
‘Best of the Best’ & Corporate Workplace: The Enterprise Center, University of East Anglia, Norwich / Architype
The University of East Anglia’s The Enterprise Centre was praised by judges for showcasing low carbon and sustainable design at its best. Judges commented that the workplace offered a wide range of highly flexible accommodation with incubation and collaborative spaces for new and developing businesses in a building equipped to deliver for the 21st century.
Commercial Workplace: The Leadenhall Building, London / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
The Leadenhall Building holds its own in the London’s ‘City Cluster’ with its striking form the result of the elegant resolution of a myriad of issues.
Refurbished/Recycled Workplace: Alphabeta, London / Studio RHE
The restoring and reformatting of a series of historic buildings to create Alphabeta has created an active and vibrant communal “village.”
Fit Out of Workplace: Berghaus HQ, Sunderland / Rock Townsend
Sunderland’s Berghaus HQ was praised for strongly reflecting the brand’s ethos of ‘live for adventure’ through impressive solutions such as the sky rail and climbing rope staircase
Project up to 2,000m2: Bunker, Littlewoods Complex, Liverpool / Shedkm Architects
The flexibility of space offered by The Bunker in Liverpool impressed the judges, with the open plan floor plate giving the space the potential to be split into two, three or four units on each floor.
Test of Time: BBC North, Salford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects + Chapman Taylor + ID:SR
BBC North was selected by the judges for its quality of design and in-built flexibility, enabling quality content to be consistently produced as occupier numbers steadily increased.
Innovation: LandRover BAR Team HQ, Portsmouth / HGP Architects
Portsmouth’s LandRover BAR Team HQ was awarded for innovation due to its highly sustainable and energy efficient design coupled with an incorporation of impressive facilities such as F1 style meeting rooms and a state-of-the art gym.
The BCO also awards regional winners in each category, which become the shortlist for the national award. More information on the award, along with the regional lists, can be found at the BCO website, here.
Entries for the 2017 awards open on Wednesday 5th October 2016.
News via BCO.