Eleven Brindleyplace in Birmingham made its mark at the British Council for Offices' (BCO) annual national awards in London on Tuesday October 5, 2010.
Indicative of the quality of projects emerging from the regions, five of the seven accolades from the evening were presented to projects outside the capital:
- Best Commercial Workplace: Eleven Brindleyplace, Birmingham (also winner of the Best of the Best award)
- Best Corporate Workplace: Guardian News & Media, Kings Place, London
- Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace: Broad Gate, 22-26 The Headrow, Leeds
- Best Fit-out of Workplace: PricewaterhouseCoopers, 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow
- Best Project up to 2,000m²: Graeae Theatre Company, 138 Kingsland Road, London
- Innovation Award: West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston
However, the property industry says more needs to be done by the government to continue driving cutting edge design outside of London. A recent survey of BCO members revealed that more than three quarters of members fear public sector cuts may dampen regional recovery (85%), while three in five say they could have a negative impact on innovation (67%). More than half agree that tax incentives and clearer regional investment policies are the key measures that will help regional commercial property markets to continue to thrive (65%).
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO said: "We have seen some exceptional award entries this year, particularly among the regions. It is clear that the coming cuts in public spending will undoubtedly hit some parts of the country much harder than others, so introducing tax incentives, alternative financing options and investing in new infrastructure and technology will help to drive recovery and generate growth."
Brindleyplace is an impressive 12-story building with one of Birmingham's first BREEAM Excellent ratings. Sustainability features include an eco-friendly roof, planted to attract local wildlife, and brise soleil solar shading which creates unique external elevations.
John Forrester, Head of UK & Ireland at DTZ, and BCO Awards Chairman, commented: "Eleven Brindleyplace sets an impressive benchmark for new office development not only in the Midlands but nationally. It is undoubtedly a standout project and its success is down to the integrity of the design and strength of partnership between Argent, the developer and Glen Howells Architects, the designer."