3 October 2018 | Marino Donati
London's Bloomberg office has come out on top at the British Council for Offices' (BCO) National Awards held in London last night.
At the awards ceremony it won 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.
The full list of winners is:
Best of the Best and Corporate Workplace: Bloomberg, London
Commercial Workplace: Number One Kirkstall Forge, Leeds
Refurbished/ Recycled Workplace: Here East, London
Innovation: White Collar Factory, London
Fit Out of Workplace: Registers of Scotland - SVP Platform, Glasgow
Projects up to 1,500: Albert Works, Sheffield
The BCO's National Awards programme recognises top-quality office design and functionality.
Bloomberg, in the City of London, 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 well-being: having achieved the highest BREEAM score of any building to date. The judges were also impressed by the building's striking central spiral ramp, designed to promote collaboration and communication among its staff.
Number One Kirkstall Forge 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 while setting a high standard of contemporary workplace design.
Here East now provides London with a new tech campus comprising 1.2 million square feet of office space for a wide range of tenants and start-up companies. 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.
The 39,285 sq m White Collar Factory, 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 said the standard set by White Collar factory goes far beyond those of a usual commercial office development and will continue to set a high benchmark in innovation for many years to come.
Registers of Scotland - SVP Platform 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 led to the delivery of an excellent working environment for the Registers of Scotland workforce.
Albert Works, is a recently completed workplace converted from disused and previously dilapidated traditional red-brick industrial warehouses. It is the first phase of a larger £10 million Alsop's Field regeneration project in Sheffield's Cultural Industry Quarter (CIQ) conservation area. The BCO judges praised the sensitivity and quality of the restoration of the brick warehouse and the integration of the newer intervention, describing the main external façade as boldly different, yet delicate and sympathetic to the building's historic industrial context.
Nigel Clark, chair of the BCO National Judging Panel, said: "The 'Best of the Best' winner, Bloomberg, goes beyond best practice, it has delivered something truly exceptional in the heart of London, and has reset the benchmark for corporate headquarter buildings."