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SoVibrant wins at Regional BCO Awards

SoVibrant project ‘The Bonding Warehouse’, has won at the British Council for Offices (BCO) Regional Awards with the refurbishment and extension of this iconic grade II listed building in York.

One of the UK’s leading independent strategic creative consultancies, SoVibrant was lead designer for Grantside’s ‘The Bonding Warehouse’. The company is delighted that the project has been announced as the winner of the ‘Refurbished / Recycled Workplace’ category at the BCOs North of England, North Wales and NI Regional Awards ceremony, held at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 22 April 2015.

SoVibrant-2-MIFM-Jun15The project involved the refurbishment and extension of a flood-damaged, Grade II listed building on the banks of the River Ouse in York, within the Central Historic Core Conservation Area. Previously used as a nightclub and bar, the building had been unoccupied for approximately 10 years and was showing severe signs of disrepair.

Now housing high quality office space, which has attracted fresh business to the city centre, The Bonding Warehouse boasts four penthouse apartments, including York’s first £1m luxury penthouse.

A core extension has been sympathetically added too, featuring a bridge link constructed from first floor level to allow access to and exit from the building in times of flood.

Commenting on the win, SoVibrant co-founder and strategy and transformation director, Helen Nicol, said: “We’re delighted our hard work has been recognised! It was the design team’s intention from the outset to produce a high quality scheme, using modern methods of construction that befits the importance of the site. The new additions to the existing building complement the original architecture as well as being sensitive to the surrounding urban fabric of York.

“This project involved a number of complex conservation and planning issues and we demonstrated clearly our ability to combine both the technical and conceptual requirements for the project, given its sensitive nature as well as our aptitude for designing the space from the inside out.”

For more information visit www.sovibrant.co.uk or call 01423 789388.

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