Three wins at the BCO Awards 2022! – Latest

Three wins at the BCO Awards 2022!

We’re delighted to announce that three of our projects won at the BCO Awards 2022!

FORGE - Refurbished Award

FORGE in Woking is our commercial redevelopment of an unloved concrete frame in Surrey with Hawkins\Brown for V7 Asset Management. The project won best refurbished project in the South of England and South Wales category.

“The judges highlighted the entry of this building in their praise, where you’re welcomed with a series of dynamic interventions immediately apparent with the original concrete, exposed brick structure and a real sense of ‘cool’. The panel was also impressed with the increase in space via a clever infilling of parking and plant space, and the creation of a dramatic modern reception café space as well as the innovative, interactive IT within the reception that allows tenants to keep track of sustainability targets and booking facilities. The building is also commended for its design including a more flexible space through a dramatic infill grid within the existing atrium and an obligatory ‘wing’. The impressive design is complemented further with its range of accolades, including BREEAM Excellent, WiredScore Platinum and a Fitwel 2-star ratings.”

Pennybank - Projects up to 1,500m2 Award

A former Victorian artisan tenement block that has been rebuilt behind a retained façade to provide exceptional office space, Pennybank has won in the Projects Up To 1,500 m2 category. The project, with Emrys Architects for GMS Estates, saw the building refurbished to create 20,000 sq ft of very high quality office space to the upper levels with the introduction of three retail units to the ground floor.

“The BCO London Judging Panel were impressed by the beautifully designed yet understated entrance, and the reinvigorated staircase encompassing subtle design features such as a brass tread presenting the original Pennybank motif. The judges also highlighted the effect of the cleverly designed ceilings, which maximise volume and allow a greater appreciation of the exposed, renovated masonry.”

Now (Phase 1 of Here + Now) - Innovation Award

With net zero carbon both in operations and in embodied carbon of building materials production, as well as an impressive BREEAM outstanding rating, this development from Hawkins\Brown for V7 has truly put sustainability front and centre. Now (Phase 1 of Here + Now) has won the Innovation award in the South of England and South Wales category.

“The BCO judging panel commends the focused approach of this impressive refurbishment and the focus on carbon, especially how the building, together with its partner development, could minimise their impact on the planet by reducing whole life carbon emissions. The judges also applauded the building’s design emphasis on health and wellness, making the most of the natural surroundings as well as providing indoor and outdoor exercise facilities and providing RESET air quality monitoring. All of which has well-deservingly resulted in a three-star Fitwel certification.”