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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RIBA Award London winners 2011

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2011 RIBA Awards. RIBA Awards for architectural excellence will be presented to 97 buildings in the UK and Europe (89 in the UK and 8 in the rest of the EU). The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the building of the year will be drawn from the 97 RIBA Award winners.

Here is the list of London winners:

The Angel Building
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Client: Derwent London

Barking Central
Architect: AHMM + Muf
Client: Redrow Regeneration (Barking) & London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Bear Lane
Architect: Panter Hudspith Architects
Client: Galliard Homes

Chelsea Academy
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Client: Department for Education and Chelsea Academy Trust

Chiswick House Cafe
Architect: Caruso St John Architects
Client: Chiswick House and Gardens Trust

City of Westminster College
Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Client: City of Westminster College

Claredale Street
Architect: Karakusevic Carson Architects
Client: Tower Hamlets Community Housing

Evelyn Grace Academy
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Client: ARK Schools

Fitzroy Street & Maple Place
Architect: Duggan Morris Architects
Client: Derwent London

H10 Hotel
Architect: Maccreanor Lavington
Client: H10 Hotels

Hackney Service Centre
Architect: Hopkins Architects Partnership
Client: London Borough of Hackney

Hampstead Lane
Architect: Duggan Morris Architects
Client: Private

Hoxton House
Architect: David Mikhail Architects
Client: Private

Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Centre
Architect: erect architecture
Client: London Borough of Camden

Leighton House Museum
Architect: Purcell Miller Tritton
Client: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Michael Faraday Community School
Architect: Archial
Client: London Borough of Southwark, Children’s Services

New Herbarium Library Art & Archives Wing
Architect: Edward Cullinan Architects
Client: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

One New Change
Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel with Sidell Gibson Architects
Client: Land Securities

Raven Row
Architect: 6a Architects
Client: Raven Row

Architect: Foreign Office Architects
Client: Ravensbourne in Partnership with Meridian Delta

Shadow House
Architect: Liddicoat and Goldhill
Client: David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill

Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form
Architect: Jestico + Whiles
Client: London Borough of Hackney

St Patrick’s School Library & Music Room
Architect: Coffey Architects
Client: St. Patrick’s Primary School

Strange House
Architect: Hugh Strange
Client: Hugh Strange / Adriana Ferlauto

Town Hall Hotel Apartments
Architect: Rare Architecture
Client: Mastelle (Zinc House)

Architect: Hopkins Architects Partnership
Client: The Olympic Delivery Authority

RIBA President Ruth Reed said:
“For 46 years the RIBA Awards have reflected the health of British architecture. This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas. Winning projects demonstrate that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence.”

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Empty homes are a scandal

“With so many people on housing waiting lists looking for a home of their own, it is a scandal that there are 300,000 long term empty homes across the country. These properties are a magnet for squatters, vandalism and anti-social behaviour, a blight on neighbourhoods, and a nightmare for neighbours,” says Communities Minister Andrew Stunell. He calls on communities to step up work to tackle the problem by making use of help and support from the Government.

Communities stand to benefit by over £2bn if all long-term empty properties were brought back into use, with the New Homes Bonus paying out £7,000 for the average empty property.

Andrew Stunell: New drive to tackle scandal of empty homes

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Marble Arch Tower Sold

Property investment and development company Almacantar has exchanged contracts for the purchase of Marble Arch Tower from Orchard Street Investment Management for approximately £80 million.

The 82m tall tower is one of the most prominent buildings in London’s West End. The 166,000 sq ft mixed-use property, situated at the corner of the western end of Oxford Street and the northern end of Park Lane, comprises a 21-storey office tower, shops fronting Marble Arch and Edgware Road and an Odeon cinema.
The acquisition follows on from Almacantar’s recent purchase of Centre Point at the eastern end of Oxford Street and having secured an exclusive position with the Marylebone Cricket Club for the potential redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Mike Hussey, Managing Director of Almacantar said:
“We are delighted to have acquired Marble Arch Tower, one of the landmark buildings in London’s West End. This deal is our third project in London this year and demonstrates our long term confidence in the future of the West End market.”

Gary Felce, Chief Investment Officer at Orchard Street Investment Management, said:
“Marble Arch Tower has been a good investment for the fund producing great returns since we acquired it seven years ago. The decision to sell was taken as part of a review of the portfolio that will allow Orchard Street to focus on projects elsewhere including 11 The Strand, 83-85 Pall Mall and 125 Wood Street.”

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RIBA summer 2011 talks and events

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has a busy summer programme of talks, tours and events around the UK. Highlights include the 2011 Annual Discourse by Ken Yeang who will present his latest research and ideas on green design and Architecture Festivals in Liverpool and Newcastle. An RIBA curated talks series at London’s Southbank will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain and feature leading architect Nicholas Grimshaw. The RIBA has also curated talks at the Tate Britain on James Stirling and for the Mayor of London’s Shubbak season on Arab Culture.

The Reshaping Britain series looks at the drivers behind our changing cities and spaces with talks in London and Birmingham. Two significant debates take place at the RIBA’s headquarters at 66 Portland Place and the RIBA’s Closer Look series of talks continue at the V&A, including Nicholas Cooper discussing the architectural photography from 1870 -1930 by Bedford Lemere & Co to accompany the RIBA+V&A exhibition.

Further information and a pdf of the full What’s On guide, including exhibitions, is available at www.architecture.com/programmes.