ONYX and Cadworks win big at BCO Scotland 2022!

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We are so pleased that two of our projects have won coveted awards at the British Council for Offices BCO 2022 Scottish Regional Awards which was held in Glasgow last Friday. ONYX (home to our Glasgow office) at 215 Bothwell Street won Refurbished/Recycled Workplace and Cadworks Glasgow was the winner of the Innovation Award. Congratulations to both of our clients CEG and FORE Partnership and to all of the design team involved with both projects.

Here's what the judges had to say about ONYX:

"A development that can be defined as a creative vision born from refurbishment and repositioning; Glasgow’s ONYX has won the award for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace. The success of this building has been achieved through a desirable, sustainable, and creative reimagining of the building’s arrival space and interaction with the streetscape. With a strong new identity in removing the former-stone structure, the design team have successfully disentangled the existing configuration and artfully crafted a series of connected spaces within the heart of the building. The BCO judging panel applauded ONYX for illustrating what can be achieved by using the existing fabric of a building and revealing its hidden secrets, as well as impressively saving over 40% embodied carbon – demonstrating ONYX to be a highly sustainable and unrivalled workplace offering. They were particularly impressed by the newly created entrance projecting out into the streetscape and making the building easily identifiable, specifically through its strong architectural presence now enhanced by a bold new entrance whilst opening the previous dark lobby area. The building is commended for setting a high standard for sustainable workplace accommodation in Glasgow City Centre."

For Cadworks they said:

"One of Scotland’s most sustainable and innovative buildings, Glasgow’s Cadworks has won the award for Innovation. With Net Zero Carbon in operation, Cadworks was designed and built with environmental sustainability and social impact at heart. Extending to 94,000 sqft of Grade A column free space over 10 floors, with a basement dedicated to welfare space for tenants and cyclists, developer FORE Partnership has left each floor of the building as ‘shell & core’ to enable tenants to fit-out the space as desired without wasting resources. Achieving an EPC rating of A and BREEAM Excellent, the steel has 80% or more recycled content, and the glazing has a minimum of 56% recycled content. Continuing to hold sustainability at its core, the small number of car spaces provided are equipped with High Speed EV charging and dedicated to car sharing, and Airlite paint has been used throughout, to convert humidity in the air to an ionised shield, taking pollutants and neutralising them. The building features an ‘urban village hall’ and was used extensively during COP26 to host many events. The BCO judging panel commented that Cadworks demonstrates that Grade ‘A’ office space can be fully sustainable and innovative. They were also inspired by the developer’s commitment as a B-Corp to ethical and sustainable material procurement from floor to ceiling."

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