INNOVATION

Regional Judges are asked to consider all projects for the Innovation Award. For the first time this award is presented on a regional level and recognises a significant level of innovation in one, or more, fields.

In recognition of the importance of this category, and to highlight some of the exceptional innovative concepts that are developed across the UK’s buildings every year, the BCO introduced the Regional Innovation Award.

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NATIONAL WINNER


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Sea Containers, 18 Upper Ground, London            

This once dilapidated and unloved building has been transformed cleverly into a dynamic and creative workspace for Ogilvy & Mather and its diverse range of group companies. The media agency shares the building with the 350 bedroom Mondrian London hotel and a 150 seat Curzon seat cinema.


The Sea Containers roof sign marks a conversion of a conversion of a Seifert building, which though it was underwhelming, sits in this fabulous Thames side location. O&M chose to co-locate there with ten ‘semi-autonomous’ companies from East and West London for better collaboration, efficiency and client support.


Innovative changes to the structure has created a series of double height spaces that connect the floors but also take maximum advantage of the dramatic external environment of the Thames that runs alongside. Flooded with daylight, these spaces define the building and have become natural hubs for staff interaction, allowing the creativity of the business to flourish.


The hotel, cinema and workspace share a ground floor that is a hive of activity and already an established London ‘location’. Above, nine new staircases and a double height amphitheatre have been incorporated at a cost of just 3% of the NIA, which has reversed the perception of low height space.


A landscaped roof terrace has been added to further exploit the magnificent setting. Floor to ceiling glazing and the River just below give a feeling of being on a ship. Services and finishes have been exposed throughout and the power of the wit and attitude of the companies is on full display – it feels like London’s media gallery.


The conversion of a much beleaguered but well-known iconic London building is an example of what can be achieved by innovative design and the clever application of ideas. The look and feel of the building has been transformed and this is reflected in the interaction between the businesses that work there.


This regenerated office building has changed working practices and will help the business prosper and attract and retain the best staff.

 PROJECT DETAILS      
       

Clients: 

Ogilvy Group UK / MEC Interior Designer: BDG architecture + design

Owner:

Deerbrook 

M&E Engineer:

Arup           
Occupiers:          Ogilvy Group UK / MEC / GTB           

 

Structural Engineer:          Arup         
Project Manager:          

Colliers 

Contractor:       Structure Tone    

Quantity Surveyor:

Colliers           

 

Investment/ Property Co:       

 Deerbrook

Brief Consultant:

BDG architecture + design         Developer:          

Deerbrook 

Architect:

BDG / Matheson Whiteley

Agents:          Cushman & Wakefield / James Andrew International          

 

 

REGIONAL WINNERS


North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland

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Sky Digital Centre of Excellence, Sky 1,2 and 3, Leeds Dock, Leeds                                 

The judges were impressed by the display of skill and creativity displayed by the winner’s whole scale transformation of a previously empty retail unit, into a vibrant and successful workplace.

 

The judges were unanimous in their decision to award the first North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland Innovation trophy to the Sky Digital Centre of Excellence, Leeds.

Client:

Sky Interior Designer: BDG architecture + design

Owner:

Allied London      

M&E Engineer:

AMS 

Occupier:

Sky

Structural Engineer:

Knapp Hicks & Partners            

Project Manager:

JLL

Contractor:

Como           

Quantity Surveyor:

JLL

                           

Brief Consultant:

BDG architecture + design                                                                

Architect:

BDG architecture + design

 


Scotland

SCOT17-NetworkRail 

Network Rail, Edinburgh MDU
The winning project provides a highly innovative and sustainable building which integrates two traditionally separate service lines. The judges appreciated the invention and intelligence necessary to successfully merge the flexible office environment within an industrialised context and felt this made it worthy of the Scotland Innovation Award.

Client: 

Network Rail Interior Designer: Network Rail
Owner:           

 

Network Rail  M&E Engineer:        

KJ Tait 

Occupier: 

Network Rail          

Structural Engineer:

Network Rail 

Project Manager:           

 

Network Rail          

Contractor:

Morris & Spottiswood           

 

Quantity Surveyor:

Sweett Group           

 

Investment / Property Co: 

Network Rail 

Brief Consultant:

Network Rail 

Developer: 

Network Rail 

Architect:

Network Rail 

Agent: 

GM Investment Trustees 


London

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Sea Containers, 18 Upper Ground, London            

Once a dilapidated and unloved building, the judges were impressed with the transformation of Sea Containers House into a dynamic and creative workspace for Ogilvy & Mather and their associated businesses. Innovative changes to the structure have created a series of double height spaces that connect the floors, but also take maximum advantage of the dramatic external environment of the Thames which sits immediately adjacent. Flooded with daylight, the judges highlighted how these spaces define the building and have become natural hubs for staff interaction, allowing the creativity of the business to flourish.

Clients: 

Ogilvy Group UK / MEC Interior Designer: BDG architecture + design

Owner:

Deerbrook 

M&E Engineer:

Arup           
Occupiers:          Ogilvy Group UK / MEC / GTB           

 

Structural Engineer:          Arup         
Project Manager:          

Colliers 

Contractor:       Structure Tone    

Quantity Surveyor:

Colliers           

 

Investment/ Property Co:       

 Deerbrook

Brief Consultant:

BDG architecture + design         Developer:          

Deerbrook 

Architect:

BDG architecture + design

Agents:          Cushman & Wakefield / James Andrew International          

 

 

Midlands & Central England

 MID17-TheColmoreBuilding

 The Colmore Building, Birmingham           

A valuable investment, the BCO judging panel praised the £3.3 million enhancement of The Colmore Building which has turned a good but tired building into a great, modern base for businesses in Birmingham. Recognising the changing demands of modern occupiers and the importance of wellness at work, the judges noted, the building now includes Birmingham’s broadest offering of facilities for any office building and sets a new benchmark for the city in terms of on-site amenities.

Client: 

AshbyCapital Interior Designer: MoreySmith

Owner:

AshbyCapital 

M&E Engineer:

Derry Building Service                
Occupiers:          Multi-let                     

 

Structural Engineer:          Brookbanks                 
Project Manager:          

GVA SLW 

Contractor:       QOB Interiors           

Quantity Surveyor:

BA Partnership                   

 

Investment/ Property Co:       

AshbyCapital 

Architect:

MoreySmith                        Agent:          

Bilfinger GVA 

 

                                        

 

 

South of England & South Wales

SW17-TheCreativeQuarter 

The Creative Quarter, 8a Morgan Arcade, Cardiff     

The judges believe that this visionary regeneration project demonstrates how, with thoughtful design and bold financial risk, it is possible to create desirable workspace from redundant premises – a lesson that could be applied everywhere.

 Client:

Helical Interior Designer: Oscar Clarke Design

Owner:

Helical

M&E Engineer:

Mecserve           
Occupiers:         

Multiple Cccupiers 

Structural Engineer:            AKS Ward         
Project Manager:          

Quantem Consulting

Contractor:       Interserve Construction    

Quantity Surveyor:

Quantem Consulting           

 

Agent:       

Oscar Clarke 

Architect:

Insight Architects