4 October 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
London's Sky Central was awarded the Best of the Best workplace at the British Council for Offices' (BCO) annual National Awards in London last night.
The office was also recognised as the Best Corporate Workplace in the UK, joining a list of six other award-winners recognised for excellence in office space.
The full list of winners was:
- 'Best of the Best' & Corporate Workplace: Sky Central, Isleworth, London
- Commercial Workplace: 8 Finsbury Circus, London
- Refurbished/Recycled Workplace: 20 Eastbourne Terrace, London
- Innovation: Sea Containers, London
- Fit Out of Workplace: The Estée Lauder Companies, London
- Projects up to 1,500 sq m: Concordia Works, Leeds
- Test of Time: Birmingham City Council, Birmingham
The BCO's National Awards programme recognises top-quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK. More than 1,380 of the country's top developers, occupiers, architects and designers who won their category in the 2017 Regional Awards programme attended last night's National Awards dinner hoping to take home the National Award for their category.
Judges praised Sky Central for bringing 3,500 of Sky's workforce under one roof at the landscaped campus near Heathrow, West London. The judges were impressed by the building's 18, 200-person workspace neighbourhoods, arranged around six cores, resurrecting 'Büro Landschaft'-inspired planning rules. Judges also commended the array of services and amenities on offer, including six restaurants and cafés, a 200-seater state-of-the-art cinema, 200-person event space and a technology lounge.
8 Finsbury Circus impressed judges with its two distinct frontages - one addressing Finsbury Circus with an elegant calm insertion into a curving elevation, the other incorporating the original façade overlooking the busy route to Liverpool Street Station.
Across town, 20 Eastbourne Terrace in Paddington shone as judges highlighted the fact that the project transformed a tired 1960s building into a modern, relaxing workplace that would compare to any new development. They praised the clever use of natural materials to create a calm environment for occupants, with the business lounge, café and the roof terrace providing informal and tranquil environments to work, meet or relax.
Nigel Clark, chair of the BCO National Judging Panel, said: "This year's winners are a study in how Britain has maintained its position at the forefront of the global office sector. Each building is both adaptable and robust, providing occupiers with the flexibility they need to ensure the well-being and productivity of their workforce. Sky Central, the Best of the Best award winner, is a prime example. The building provides ample amenities to Sky's large workforce, whilst ensuring a productive environment by breaking the larger space down into distinct workplace neighbourhoods."
Richard Kauntze, chief executive of the BCO, said: "This year's awards nominees have impressed across the board with their commitment to sustainable and innovative design. London has played host to a record number of award-winners this year, affirming why businesses from across the world come to the capital."
For more information about the awards and the winners this year visit the BCO website.
Entries for 2018's BCO Regional and National Awards programme open on Wednesday 4 October 2017. The closing date is Friday 24 November 2017.