Cooper Cromar are delighted that Number One Kirkstall Forge in Leeds has won the Northern Region BCO Award for Commercial Workplace in Manchester on 03 May.
It has been a great week for Cooper Cromar having also won a Scottish BCO Award for Commercial Workplace on 20 April for The Silver Fin Building in Aberdeen!
Number One Kirkstall Forge, Leeds, is a 110,000 sqft, seven-storey office building and is part of the first phase of the ambitious £400 million development of Kirkstall Forge, which is being transformed into a thriving mixed-use community in a wooded riverside setting. BCO Judges praised the way in which the building’s design pulls the outside in, creating a modern office which makes the most of its truly inspiring location. The project features a site wide transport plan, which includes new bus and rail services along with enhanced footpath and cycleway connectivity, a car share scheme and cycle and scooter hire. The panel were impressed by the way in which building owner CEG, in response to the residents’ and stakeholders’ call for a new railway station on the site, worked tirelessly with partners to deliver a successful bid to secure Department for Transport support for a new station, as well as their implementation of an infrastructure forward funding model to ensure its early delivery.
The Silver Fin Building was praised by the judging panel as a best in class office development which has revitalised the streetscape. The 132,000 sqft development utilizes high quality, locally sourced materials, both internally and externally, and despite the physical constraints of the site has embraced the principles of the BCO guide to specification and achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good and EPC A certification. The judges noted how the building core has been designed with tenants in mind, ensuring that common area spaces are proportional and functional and serve users in a ‘practical and elegant fashion’. Overall, the judging panel agreed that both Titan Investors (who developed the site speculatively), and the designers, should be proud of their ‘brave approach’ to the design and execution of this building, and of the impact it has had on the local areas.
Both Number One Kirkstall Forge and The Silver Fin Building will compete against the other BCO Commercial Workplace regional winners at the National Awards Final in London on 02 October.
Congratulations and best of luck to our Clients CEG and Titan Investors.