MediaCityUK’s Tomorrow Building was last night named among the best workplaces in the country at the British Council for Offices (BCO) annual National Awards, recognised as highly commended in the Commercial Workplace award.
The BCO’s respected National Awards programme recognises top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK. Over 1,380 of the country’s top designers, developers, architects and occupiers, who won their category in the 2017 Regional Awards programme, attended last night’s National Awards dinner, hoping to take home the National Award for their category.
The Tomorrow Building, BCO judges commented, is a new, exciting and imaginatively designed workplace made up of 50,000 sq ft of commercial office space and a hotel. Judges were impressed by the building, which holds a BREEAM Excellent rating, for its design which specifically targets media organisations and start-up businesses looking for an alternative workplace environment in the heart of MediaCityUK.
Judges have praised how advanced and innovative IT has been incorporated into Tomorrow Building’s design and how vibrant and flexible workspaces have been created. The naturally ventilated building has a ‘pay as you stay’ co working space on the ground floor and mezzanine level, which judges stated provides a vibrant arrival experience which then leads on to the light open and airy office floors.
Andrew Woodhouse, BCO Judging Chairman for the North of England, North Wales & Northern Ireland, commented: “MediaCityUk is a hub of digital creativity, learning and leisure where the community work, live and play. Central to this development, Peel Media’s Tomorrow Building is a fantastic example of how the team have used the design of the building to challenge how flexible workplace solutions can be delivered to suit a wide and varied customer base. In doing so, they produced a creative, collaborative and innovative workspace which provides a fresh and fun experience for the building’s users.”
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, said: “This year’s awards showcase the distinction and value of new office development in the North of England. Tomorrow Building has made inventive use of numerous raw materials to create an industrial interior design with practical, flexible functionality. Every building recognised at this year’s National Awards sets an exemplary standard of quality for future office development throughout the UK.”
For more information about the awards and the winners this year visit the BCO website (www.bco.org.uk). Entries for 2018’s BCO Regional and National Awards programme open on Wednesday 4 October 2017 ; the closing deadline is: Friday 24 November 2017.