Alconbury Incubator triumphs at workplace awards


11-04-2014

The Alconbury Incubator Building in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire has been recognised as one of the Midlands' and East Anglia’s five finest workplaces at the annual British Council for Offices (BCO) property sector awards.

The Midlands and East Anglia leg of the BCO’s respected awards programme recognises top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence in the regional office sector. Over 300 of the country’s top designers, developers, architects and occupiers attended today’s awards lunch, all of whom were competing for a coveted BCO regional award.

The Alconbury Incubator Building took home the award for Projects up to 2000msq, for successfully responding to the challenging brief of developing a flexible office space, while creating a distinctive structure in a largely vacant airfield. The judges felt the project punched well above its weight with generous shared facilities and an impressive viewing platform and has set the tone for a further 124,000msq of commercial development on the site.

Other winners at the ceremony included The Council House in Derby for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, PwC Norwich for Best Fit Out of Workplace and Two Snowhill in Birmingham city centre for Best Commercial Workplace.

All eyes are now on October 7th when the winners from the Regional Awards will compete in their categories at a national level and also bid to win the property sector’s respected BCO ‘Best of the Best’ award.

Judging Chairman, Ted Pearce, of Severn Trent said: “The winners of the Midlands and East Anglia Awards are all ambitious projects that have been selected from a selection of top quality entries. Entries were judged on a range of different factors including flexibility, sustainable construction, architectural flair and above all their effectiveness as a workplace. All winners should be proud to emerge as one of the best workspaces in the region.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented: “This year’s awards are testament to the quality and distinction of new office development in the Midlands and East Anglia. Birmingham is the location for this year’s BCO Conference in May, and our members are looking forward to visiting the city and seeing some of the buildings that are leading the way in both innovation and design.”

For more information on the awards visit the BCO website (www.bco.org.uk).


The full category winners for the Midlands and East Anglia regional awards were:

  1. Refurbished/Recycled Workplace: The Council House Derby, Corporation Street, Derby
  2. Projects up to 2,000m²: Alconbury Incubator Building, Alconbury Enterprise Campus, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
  3. Fit Out of Workplace: PwC Norwich, 2nd Floor, St. James Court, Whitefriars, Norwich
  4. Commercial Workplace:  Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham
  5. Corporate Workplace: Wylde IA - Seco Tools (UK), Adams Way, Springfield Business Park, Alcester, Warwickshire


 

About the BCO

The British Council for Offices (BCO) is the UK’s leading member organisation representing the interests of all those who occupy, design, build, own or manage offices in the UK. Since inception in 1990, the BCO has provided thought leadership and best practice in all issues related to the creation and use of office space – through to its research, awards, conference and events programmes. www.bco.org.uk
 

About the Regional Awards

This is the sixth year the Regional Awards have been presented locally in Scotland, and the successful format sees excellence in office space celebrated regionally before all winners go on to compete at a national level at the National Awards on the 7th October 2014. The lead sponsor for this year’s BCO Awards is ISG. Category sponsors are AECOM, Concord Lighting, Jackson Coles LLP, Land Securities and SAS International. This year’s regional sponsors are Associated Architects and Overbury. The BCO awards are in association with Estates Gazette.
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