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Revealed: ‘Next generation’ office contest winner

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An undergraduate from the University of Nottingham has won the British Council for Offices (BCO) student competition to design the ‘next generation’ office space

Judges hailed Nghia Nguyen’s proposal for a 10,000m² scheme to house 600 staff for a fictional firm of solicitors in Gas Street Basin, Birmingham, as a ‘strong piece of placemaking’ and chose it unanimously as the winner.

The student said his concept, The Peak, dispensed with ‘hard partitions… both in offices and public spaces’.

Competition judge and organiser James Hall, of Associated Architects, said: ‘The entry proposes a closer relationship between the public and private realms. The occupier remained the focus of the proposal, with a flexible approach to arranging working groups and an enhanced provision of staff facilities. The external materials proposed are contextual, while offering a strong image for the imaginary client’s business.’

Nguyen won £2,000, a free place at this week’s BCO 2014 Conference in Birmingham and a work placement at a leading architectural practice.

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