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British Council for Offices Regional Award Show Goes Virtual

The British Council for Offices’ (BCO) Midlands and Central England regional Awards went virtual for the first time this year as Coventry and Warwickshire boast two winners at this year’s show.

The University of Warwick’s Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building and KMB Tachbrook Park in Leamington Spa  (featured image) was recognised as two of the best workplaces in the Midlands and Central England at the annual regional awards.

This year, the prestigious event was held virtually as part of the BCO’s Festival Awards Week, which recognises the highest quality developments in the UK and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.

Danny Parmar, chairman of the BCO Midlands & East Anglia committee, added: “Many congratulations to the University of Warwick and KMB Tachbrook Park. These were two of several outstanding entries in this year’s BCO regional awards programme and reflects both the strength of our sector and the increasing demands placed upon it to deliver market-leading work environments.”

University of Warwick’s Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building

The Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building (pictured right) at the University of Warwick received the Innovation Award, while the KMB Tachbrook Park in Leamington Spa was awarded the Best Recycled / Refurbished Workplace.

Named in honour of Britain’s first-ever Professor of Manufacturing, the Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building houses the National Automotive Innovation Centre – a multimillion-pound centre, founded by WMG, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre, which creates and develops novel technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.

KMB Tachbrook Park in Leamington Spa meanwhile won the award for the Best Refurbished / Recycled Workplace due to KMB’s transformative refurbishment and renovation work which turned a dated office building into a modern, impressive working environment.

Externally, the building benefits from a new reception area and triple-height atrium, ensuring plenty of natural light. Meanwhile, the internal refurbishment has been designed to provide employees with a variety of break out spaces, including a new canteen and top floor bar area.

Commenting on this year’s winners, Rob van Zyl, building services partner at Cundall and chair of the Midlands & Central England judging panel said: “This year’s entrants demonstrate that agile working has come of age, and KMB Tachbrook Park and Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building are no exception. What was initially a move towards cramming more people into less space through ‘hotdesking’ has now evolved into something that is clearly more focused on the health and wellness of occupiers. It is also encouraging to see accelerating trends towards sustainability, efficiencies in energy consumption and the use of natural shapes, materials and plants. All across Britain, the office sector now possesses more knowledge on how to create a healthy and productive office than ever before and is making informed design decisions to an outstanding effect.”

This week’s ceremony marked the 12th year of the BCO Regional Awards dedicated to the Midlands and Central region.

Winners from the Midlands and Central England will compete with those from other regions at the BCO Virtual National Awards on Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Other workplaces across the Midlands and Central England that received recognition include:

  • Colmore Building: Interface, The Greenhouse, Birmingham (Best Project up to 1,500m²)
  • 50/60 Station Road, Cambridge (Best Commercial Workplace)
  • WD-40, 252 The Square, Milton Keynes (Best Fit Out of Workplace)
  • British Sugar HQ, Peterborough (Best Corporate Workplace)

The BCO Awards will continue next year in 2021, with entries opening on Wednesday 7 October and closing Friday 27 November 2020.

For more information on the awards and applications, visit the BCO website.

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