British Land has been named as the client that has made the greatest contribution to UK architecture throughout the last year
When we asked AJ120 practices to nominate the best client they have worked with in the past year, one name came up time and again: British Land.
As one practice explained, ‘British Land is an enlightened and professional client, open to ideas and innovations.’
Another said: ‘They have an extremely high expectation from a design perspective.’
A third added: ‘They are professional, committed and have a very keen interest in architecture.’
The editorial panel agreed. The developer giant is making a massive impact on London’s skyline and office building stock with its shake-up of the Broadgate estate, while Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Leadenhall ‘Cheesegrater’ building completed in summer 2014 to critical praise.
Make’s 5 Broadgate project, a daring ‘groundscraper’ that rethinks the traditional trading floor, is nearly complete. Hopkins is working on substantial plans for 100 Liverpool Street.
Stand in the middle of Broadgate and the influence of British Land is clear. A stand-out winner.
The shortlist in full
- Barratt Developments
- Battersea Power Station
- Berkeley Group
- British Land
- Clyde Gateway
- Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust
- Scottish Opera
- University of the Arts London
- Emily Booth, AJ special projects editor
- Will Hurst, AJ deputy editor
- Rory Olcayto, AJ editor
- Owen Pritchard, AJ technical editor
- Richard Waite, AJ news editor