Best Workplaces in Leeds Recognised in BCO Awards
Three Leeds based businesses celebrated success with Concordia Works, Sky Digital Centre of Excellence and KPMG all being recognised as some of the best workplaces in the North of England at the annual British Council for Offices (BCO) regional property sector awards. The prestigious BCO awards programme recognises the highest quality developments. It sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.
KPMG was named as winner of the ‘Best Fit Out of a Workplace’ category. Concordia Works took home the award for ‘Projects up to 1,500m²’. Plus, Sky Digital Centre of Excellence won the ‘BCO Innovation Award’. The ceremony was held at The Lowry Hotel in Salford.
KPMG’s atrium tribute to Yorkshire was praised highly by the judges. They were impressed by the illuminated perforated-metal feature-wall reflecting the region’s landscapes, heritage and current iconic structures. It includes photographs taken by KPMG employees.
Awarding the business with ‘Best Fit Out of a Workplace’, the judges also noted that the irregular plan of the building, although tricky in terms of space planning, has been used to make varied and engaging spaces that cater for a range of activities and working styles.
“Flexibility, sustainability, architectural flair”
The BCO judges praised Concordia Works for a transformative space which has modern businesses in mind. It maintains its existing structure and many original period features. Awarded in the category for ‘Projects up to 1,500m²’, the judges added that the interior design respects the integrity of the warehouse’s industrial past.
There’s exposed brickwork, trusses and cast iron columns playing a major part in the building’s new look. Lighting design was also seen as a key factor in this building’s success. The LED-based office lighting is designed with daylight sensors to maintain appropriate light levels whilst keeping operating costs at a minimum.
Judges were unanimous in awarding the Sky Digital Centre of Excellence the ‘BCO Innovation Award’. The judges said the project reused and transformed an empty retail unit, incorporating a new mezzanine floor, into a vibrant and successful workplace. There was a high degree of risk taking as the incorporation of a mezzanine was especially hard. But the judges added that this has created a highly appealing work environment, able to help attract and retain the best staff in a very competitive market.
Judging Chairman, Andrew Woodhouse of Mott MacDonald, said: “This year’s BCO Northern Award winners are testament to the high standard demanded by occupiers, developers and suppliers of office space in the UK. The winners were hand selected from a strong group of entrants. They were judged on an array of criteria including flexibility, sustainability, architectural flair and above all their effectiveness as a workplace. In a region of such calibre, each victor should be proud to be among the best.”
“All winners go on to compete at a national level”
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented: “This year’s awards showcase the eminence and value of new office development in the North of England. With three winners, Leeds representatives should be extremely proud that they are leading the way in innovation and design in the region. Each building recognised at the awards this year sets a high standard of quality for future projects around the UK.”
Other workplaces across the north of England that also received recognition include Tomorrow Building in Manchester which was awarded ‘Best Commercial Workplace’, whilst Wrexham’s Moneypenny was named ‘Best Corporate Workplace’. In Newcastle, The Old Post Office gained the award for ‘Best Refurbished and Recycled Workplace’.
This is the 14th year that the Regional Awards have been presented locally in the north, celebrating excellence in office space regionally, before all winners go on to compete at a national level at the National Awards in October.