Central Saint Giles crowned 'Best of the Best' by the BCO (UK)

Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company's (MEC) Central Saint Giles has won the 'Best of the Best' category and the national award for 'Best Commercial Workspace' at the British Council For Offices (BCO) Awards 2011.


Central Saint Giles, designed by Renzo Piano.

The awards which define 'excellence in office space' were held on October 11, in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, and hosted by political pundit and broadcaster John Sargeant.

The vibrantly colored Central Saint Giles, designed by Renzo Piano, is an exemplar of excellence in office-led, mixed-use development consisting of 400,000 ft² (approx. 37,000 m²) of grade-A office space, 56 private apartments, 53 affordable homes and nine new restaurants and café bars arranged around a new courtyard piazza. It is home to NBC Universal, Google, Mindshare, Specific Media and Burson & Marsteller.

The judges said: "This truly cosmopolitan new space for London clearly shows the empathy between developers and the architects. The fact that the building is fully let is a testament to the adaptability and attractiveness of the floor space."

Simon Wilkes, Head of Development at Legal & General Property, said: "These awards are a fitting tribute to the entire team involved, which has achieved so much. It has been a great privilege to be work with Renzo Piano, an architect of such ability and vision. The entire design and construction team did an outstanding job to turn his vision into reality and in creating, what the judges said is one of the best places to work in London.

"I of course must also pay tribute to the professionalism and insight of our development partner MEC who shared our vision to deliver one of the world's great buildings.

"Central Saint Giles is not just about great architecture, it is about accessibility and vibrancy and creating a reinvigorated sense of place. We are particularly pleased that last night's awards recognized that Central Saint Giles has made such positive impact on the renaissance of the St Giles area."

Mitsubishi Estate Company's UK Managing Director Hiroyuki Arimura added: "Central Saint Giles was the first time we worked in a joint venture with a UK company and we are delighted with what has been achieved. Working with Legal & General has been a very enjoyable and successful partnership.

"We share Legal & General's esteem for Renzo Piano, who is a brilliant architect. We must also pay tribute to the construction team led by Stanhope which was one of the best we have worked with. We are very proud to have been involved in building great architecture, which has proven so attractive to our tenants and has now been endorsed with such a glowing accolade. We intend to build on this great success in our further commitment to providing quality development in the UK.".

Other award winners last night included Argent Group's The Hive in Manchester, HF Development's G1 Glasgow, and Northern Irish contractor Graham's new HQ building in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland.

Cushman & Wakefield and Jones Lang LaSalle advised Central Saint Giles.

Source: MJ2 Limited

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