The British Council for Offices (BCO) has launched a student competition to design an ‘innovative’ new office for a fictional firm of solicitors in Birmingham
The winners in the under-graduate and Part 2 categories will be announced at this year’s BCO Conference in Birmingham (14-16 May). The victorious scheme will also be published in the AJ and there are work experience ‘placements at leading architectural practices’ up for grabs for the winning students.
Entrants are asked to come up with a scheme for 600 staff offering an ‘unparalleled choice of places to work reflecting a variety of needs’ and exhibiting ‘speculative and creative approaches as to how spaces and ideas can transform business practices’. The office is earmarked for a 10,000m² plot on Gas Street Basin currently occupied by ‘a number of low-scale office buildings, a public house and a hotel, which are nearing the end of their usable life’.
The submissions should consist of one A1 board in PDF digital format with a 350-word supporting statement.
The competition will be assessed using the following score weighting: proposition statement, 15 per cent; architectural vision and aesthetic, 25 per cent; a clear approach to the workplace environment, 25 per cent; sustainability strategy, 25 per cent; presentation style and content, 10 per cent.
The judges’ votes will account for half of the overall score and delegates to the BCO conference will make up the remaining half. The judging panel includes James Hall of Associated Architects, AJ deputy editor Rory Olcayto, Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects and Victoria Fairhall of Land Securities. Deadline for submission of entries is Friday 25 April.
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