The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich has been named as the ‘Best of the Best’ workplace at the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) annual National Awards.
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.
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”. The office also took the award for the Best Corporate Workplace in the UK, joining a list of six other award winners recognised for excellence in office space.
The Capital saw two London workplaces winning wards. The judges commented that 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”, whilst the restoring and reformatting of a series of historic buildings to create Alphabeta has created an active and vibrant communal “village”.
Outside of London, Sunderland’s Berghaus HQ , took the Fit Out Workplace Award and 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, whilst 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.
Winning the Test of Time award, 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.
Finally, 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.
Emma Crawford, managing director of Central London Leasing at CBRE and BCO National Awards chair, commented:
“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.”
Around 1,400 of the country’s top designers, developers, architects and occupiers, who won their category in the 2016 Regional Awards programme, attended the National Awards dinner which took place on 4 October in London.
The full list of winners are:
- ‘Best of the Best’ & Corporate Workplace: The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich
- Commercial Workplace: The Leadenhall Building, London
- Refurbished/Recycled Workplace: Alphabeta, London
- Fit Out of Workplace: Berghaus HQ, Sunderland
- Project up to 2,000m2: Bunker, Littlewoods Complex, Liverpool
- Test of Time: BBC North, Salford
- Innovation: LandRover BAR Team HQ, Portsmouth
Entries for 2017’s BCO Regional and National Awards programme are now open.