BCO awards London’s finest workplaces

Buildings across the capital have been recognised for excellence in the British Council for Offices’ annual London and South East Awards.

Over 500 property professionals gathered at the Marriott Grosvenor Square on Tuesday 24 May 2011, to hear who had won Awards in this year’s London and South East competition.

Categories were awarded to:

Central St Giles (photo)
1 St Giles High Street, London

KPMG Project Gold
15 Canada Square, London

The Angel Building
407 St John Street, London

North House
27 Great Peter Street, London

One Angel Lane, London

Highlights include The Angel Building being named Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace for its innovative and distinctive transformation of a tired, lumbering early 1980s building into a quality office space that maximises light and space. The building incorporates an impressive roof terrace and lush street level greenery.

North House, in Westminster, scooped up the award for Best Project up to 2000m2 with a large scale refurbishment to make the historic building fit for purpose for the 21st Century, whilst celebrating, rather than ignoring, the age and style of the building.

Neil Thompson, Portfolio Director at Great Portland Estates and BCO Judging Chair for London and the South East, said:

“The focus of the BCO awards is to judge buildings from a multi-disciplinary point of view, placing an emphasis on aspects such as architectural flair, sustainable and economic construction with fitness for purpose for users of the space. We had a very high standard of entries once again this year, with the winners across London and the South East delivering fantastic workspaces for the end user and I’d like to congratulate our winners.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented:

“This is the third year for the BCO regional awards and we’re excited to see the bar raised by this year’s entrants. The competition was fierce, with London proving once again that they are at the forefront of top quality design and functionality. We’re thrilled that developers continue to produce first class workspaces and it’s clear to see that the future is bright for London offices.”

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  • Central Saint Giles
    Crowned Best Of The Best By The BCO

    Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company’s (MEC) Central Saint Giles, on which Gerald Eve advised on planning, has won the ‘Best of the Best’ category and the national award for ‘Best Commercial Workspace’ at The British Council For Offices (BCO) Awards 2011.
    The awards which define ‘excellence in office space’ were held last night in the Grosvenor House Hotel and hosted by political pundit and broadcaster John Sargeant.
    The vibrantly coloured Central Saint Giles, designed by Renzo Piano, is an exemplar of excellence in office-led, mixed-use development consisting of 400,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, 56 private apartments, 53 affordable homes and nine new restaurants and café bars arranged around a new courtyard piazza. It is home to NBC Universal, Google, Mindshare, Specific Media and Burson & Marsteller.
    The judges said: “This truly cosmopolitan new space for London clearly shows the empathy between developers and the architects. The fact that the building is fully let is a testament to the adaptability and attractiveness of the floor space.”
    Simon Wilkes head of development at Legal & General Property said: “These awards are a fitting tribute to the entire team involved, which has achieved so much. It has been a great privilege to work with Renzo Piano, an architect of such ability and vision. The entire design and construction team did an outstanding job to turn his vision into reality and in creating, what the judges said is one of the best places to work in London. I of course must also pay tribute to the professionalism and insight of our development partner MEC who shared our vision to deliver one of the world’s great buildings.
    “Central Saint Giles is not just about great architecture, it is about accessibility and vibrancy and creating a reinvigorated sense of place. We are particularly pleased that last night’s awards recognised that Central Saint Giles has made such positive impact on the renaissance of the St Giles area.”

    Mitsubishi Estate Company’s UK managing director Hiroyuki Arimura added: “Central Saint Giles was the first time we worked in a joint venture with a UK company and we are delighted with what has been achieved. Working with Legal & General has been a very enjoyable and successful partnership.
    “We share Legal & General’s esteem for Renzo Piano, who is a brilliant architect. We must also pay tribute to the construction team led by Stanhope which was one of the best we have worked with. We are very proud to have been involved in building great architecture, which has proven so attractive to our tenants and has now been endorsed with such a glowing accolade. We intend to build on this great success in our further commitment to providing quality development in the UK.”.
    Gerald Eve planning partner Lisa Webb who advised the Central Saint Giles Partnership said: “The aim of the project was to create a new place for London whilst integrating the development into the local area. With its new public space and pedestrian routes the scheme knits together Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, Soho and Oxford Street. The judges recognised the contribution that this vibrant new mixed use scheme has made in transforming this neglected part of town.”

    Other award winners last night included Argent Group’s The Hive in Manchester, HF Development’s G1 Glasgow, and Northern Irish contractor Graham’s new HQ building in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland.

    For more information please contact:

    Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 0207 259 0503 / 07748 182234

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