Surrey offices triumph at awards

Property Posted 14/05/18
Bourne Business Park, Addlestone, and Tamesis, Egham both in Surrey triumph at the British Council for Offices’ annual Property Awards.

Bourne Business Park – Phase III in Addlestone and Tamesis in Egham have been recognised as two of the best workplaces in the South of England and South Wales region at the annual British Council for Offices’ (BCO) regional awards, held yesterday (10th May) at We The Curious, Bristol. The prestigious BCO Awards programme recognises the highest quality developments in the UK and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.

Winner of the Best Commercial Workplace category, Bourne Business Park, was designed by tp bennett. Tamesis, designed by Scott Brownrigg and occupied by Gartner, won the Best Corporate Workplace title.

The BCO judging panel agreed that Bourne Business Park – Phase III delivered flexible accommodation, high specifications and generous finishes in response to an ambitious brief. The development delivered for its occupiers a new café, bike storage and a trim trail that have helped the site deliver strong commercial lettings, which further impressed the judges. Additionally, the project’s strong sustainability and wellness credentials earned Bourne Business Park a BREEAM “Excellent” certification and an “A” EPC rating.

Tamesis was praised by the judges for its elegant delivery of large floorplates, despite its location within a difficult site constrained both in terms of land area and by its position in Flood Zone 3. They felt that the development met its stated objective of creating a “stand out” building for Egham – in addition to being very much shaped to the needs of its’ occupier. Not only does the design reflect the Gartner brand but, in the view of the judges, it provides a spur for the firm’s recruitment of talented people.

Andy Heath, partner at Cushman & Wakefield and BCO South of England and South Wales Chair, said: “As well as delivering excellent workspaces for their occupiers, many of this year’s entrants are also significant in the way in which they interact with their local environment. In some cases, offices are described as having regenerated their locales, providing a beautiful new landmark, while others reflect the strong local character of the location in which they are based. Throughout, the best projects have demonstrated strong commerciality through delivering healthy pre-lets or by contributing to the establishment of a new local office market.”

Alistair Allison, partner at Tuffin Ferraby Taylor and chair of BCO South of England and South Wales judging panel, said: “Sustainability has been a strong focus across many of the excellent projects shortlisted, demonstrable through the inclusion of innovative design features such as extensive light wells and smart windows. Our region’s shortlist boasts the first building in the UK to achieve the WELL standard under the core and shell category, with others having received excellent BREEAM certification. Striking design features have also defined this year’s entries, with workplaces showcasing impressive atriums, generous receptions and a number of rooftop terraces capitalising on beautiful surrounding natural landscapes – all of which has contributed to both staff wellbeing and workplace pride.”

This is the tenth year the South of England and South Wales Regional Awards have been held locally to celebrate excellence in office space regionally before all winners go on to compete at a national level at the National Awards in October.

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