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One New Change fit-out tops 2012 BCO awards

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An office fit-out for law firm K&L Gates by US-based Lehman Smith McLeish has been crowned Overall Winner of the British Council for Offices’ annual national awards

The scheme inside Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson’s £300 million One New Change mixed-use development in the City of London also topped the award’s Fit-Out of Workplace category and defeated six other category-winners to land the top prize.

Judges praised the client’s ‘boldness’ for integrating the fit-out design team with the build team early in the project, allowing the scheme to be designed and built during construction.

BCO Awards chairman and Argent joint chief executive David Partridge said: ‘By getting involved at this stage, the occupier was able to adapt and influence a challenging building to deliver a highly effective fit-out, planned according to its own needs. The result is a consummately assured design, which has had a positive effect on the business – showing the impact a successful new workplace can have on wider corporate objectives.’

Meanwhile, KPF’s Heron Tower skyscraper, also in the City of London, won in the Best Commercial Workplace category, while Foster + Partners’ 7 More London Riverside took the Innovation award.

The Best Corporate Workplace prize went to Aedas for its £30 million Greater Manchester Police headquarters and the Best Refurbished or Recycled Workplace Award was won by Spacelab for its Virgin Money scheme in Edinburgh.

JM Architects’ new office building for Creative Scotland, also in the Scottish capital, was named Best Project up to 2,000m2 and ShedKM’s £51.3 million Fort Dunlop transformation of a 1920s warehouse in Birmingham – which won a BCO award when completed in 2008 – picked up the Test of Time Award.

BCO chief executive Richard Kauntze said: ‘Against the context of another tough year for the UK economy, the office sector continues to demonstrate how it can deliver value beyond its core purpose. Businesses are increasingly reaping the benefits of workplaces that reinforce and reflect their corporate identity, improve efficiency in working practices, and boost staff morale. Every year we see innovation in design and technology – particularly to drive energy efficiency.’


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