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Michael Laird's office revamp wins BCO 'best of the best'

Michael Laird Architects’ overhaul of Gore-Tex manufacturer’s offices has been named best workplace in the UK

As well as picking up the ‘best of the best’ gong at the British Council for Offices (BCO) annual National Awards in London last night, the practice’s revamp of WL Gore & Associates’ 30-year-old office in West Lothian took home the first prize in the Refurbished/recycled Workplace category.

The ‘transformed office’ features new external break-out spaces and an open-plan design. The company’s history has been ‘represented creatively in the entrance foyer, with a timeline and pictures marking its major achievements’.


Michael Laird Associates’ reworked offices for WL Gore & Associates in Livingston, Edinburgh

Tim Robinson, head of property asset management at Knight Frank and BCO Awards chairman, said: ‘The transformation of this building is nothing short of miraculous. WL Gore & Associates took on a substantial redevelopment project and through injecting both creativity and innovation into the space, has produced a workplace that is enjoyed and valued by employees. This office now successfully acts as a showcase for a discreet but popular brand.’

Richard Rogers, the architect behind the Grade I-listed Lloyd’s of London building and the soon-to-complete ‘Cheesegrater’ building, picked up the BCO president’s award for his contribution to office design.

Full list of winners

Commercial Workplace Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, London by Foggo Associates

Corporate Workplace Birmingham City Council, 10 Woodstock Street, Birmingham by Associated Architects

‘Best of the Best’ and Refurbished/Recycled Workplace WL Gore & Associates (UK), Fabrics Division, Simpson Parkway, Kirkton Campus, Livingston, Edinburgh by Michael Laird Architects

Fit-out of Workplace Astellas European headquarters, 2000 Hillswood Drive, Chertsey by Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will     

Project up to 2,000m2 Nestlé Product Technology Centre, York by DLA Architecture                

Innovation Siemens’ The Crystal, Royal Docks, 1 Siemens Brothers Way, London by Wilkinson Eyre           

Test of Time Memphis Building, Lingfield Point, Darlington by Shuttleworth Picknett Associates




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