British Council for Offices recognises three city centre workplaces as exemplars in the Midlands region

A trio of buildings in Birmingham city centre have today won regional awards.

Centre City, Energy Systems Catapult and The Colmore Building have been recognised as some of the best workplaces in the Midlands and central England at the annual British Council for Offices (BCO) regional awards.

They will now go forward to compete against other regional winners at the national BCO awards in October.

The annual BCO awards programme recognises the highest-quality developments in the UK office sector.

Centre City, in Hill Street, gained the award for best commercial workplace following a redevelopment by owner Bruntwood.

The judging panel said the 1975 building had been brought back to life by the renovation and maximised commercial appeal with typical rental increases of 160 per cent since the redevelopment.

Energy Systems Catapult, a workspace lab based as Cannon House in The Priory Queensway, won the award for best fit out of a workplace, with judges praising the company ethos to stimulate innovation in energy technologies.

Making up the trio of Birmingham winners is the The Colmore Building which has undergone a programme of renovation and rebranding, from Colmore Plaza, following its acquisition by AshbyCapital in 2015.

BCO judges praised the £3.3 million enhancement programme which has turned a “good but tired building into a great, modern base for businesses” with a new cycle hub and ground floor café among the work carried out.

The other winners were:

Best corporate workplace

Marston’s House, Wolverhampton

Projects up to 1,500m²

Alconbury Weald Club, Huntingdon

Best refurbished and recycled workplace

The Officers’ Mess Business Centre, Cambridge

Chairman of the judging panel Matt Viall said:

“The impressively high calibre of entries for this year’s awards in the Midlands and central England has made the task of the judging panel stimulating and challenging in equal measure.

“All nominees from across the region were of a high standard again and it is always inspiring to see the variety and depth of thought that goes into creating great workspaces.

“The projects continue to surpass the BCO’s benchmark for excellence in the office sector and it is particularly pleasing that great projects are being delivered in every part of the region and are also being recognised nationally.”