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AJ100 Value excellence award - 2013

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Winner: John Robertson Architects for 199 Bishopsgate, London - Awarded to the project completed by an AJ100 practice that represents best value for the client from a cost, quality design, flexibility and sustainability perspective

This was a clear, logical and hard-headed approach to refurbishing an underperforming 1992 Skidmore Owings and Merrill Broadgate office building. It included upgrading workspace quality and environmental performance by reconfiguring the core, removing obsolete fire-fighting lifts, centralising plant formerly located on each floor and installing energy-efficient replacement glass.

These improvements increased flexibility and established the building’s identity as a commercial palazzo, with an enlarged entrance relocated to its Bishopsgate frontage, displaying the high Modernist confidence of Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s best work. The most audacious move involved demolishing a mezzanine with minimal headroom, sacrificing 200m² of net lettable area to transform the quality of prime space - all, signed, sealed and delivered for just £1,225/m².

Shortlist

AFL Architects for New Stan Cullis Stand, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Aukett Fitzroy Robinson for M&S’s Cheshire Oaks, South Wirral
IBI Group for The BedPod
John Robertson Architects for 199 Bishopsgate, London
Make for the London 2012 Handball Arena
Penoyre & Prasad for Crouch Hill Community Park, London
Pollard Thomas Edwards architects for Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge, London
Reiach and Hall Architects for George House, Glasgow

The judges

John Boxall, partner, Jackson Coles
Nick Gray, development executive, Native Land;
Felix Mara, technical editor, The AJ

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