Tomorrow Building in Salford triumphs at BCO Northern Property Awards

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Tomorrow Building has been recognised as one of the best workplaces in the North of England at the annual British Council for Offices (BCO) regional property sector awards. The prestigious BCO awards programme recognises the highest quality developments and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.

Tomorrow Building was named as winner of the Best Commercial Workplace during a ceremony held last night at The Lowry Hotel in Salford.

With a BREEAM rating of excellent, Tomorrow Building in Salford was praised by the BCO judges for its vibrant facade which provides a true entrance statement to the MediaCity development. Judges were impressed that the office accommodation is designed as a naturally ventilated space with options for mixed-mode and full A/C operation by tenants. The judges praised the buildings integration of large format parallel opening windows which are both part of the building’s passive ventilation strategy and provide a key element of the facades aesthetic. The judges also noted how the use of numerous raw materials including rubber, timber, and polished concrete, together with exposed castellated steel structures and suspended services, help to create an industrial interior design.

Judging Chairman, Andrew Woodhouse of Mott MacDonald, said: “This year’s BCO Northern Award winners are testament to the high standard demanded by occupiers, developers and suppliers of office space in the UK. The winners were hand selected from a strong group of entrants, and judged on an array of criteria including flexibility, sustainability, architectural flair and above all their effectiveness as a workplace. In a region of such calibre, each victor should be proud to be among the best.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented: “This year’s awards showcase the eminence and value of new office development in the North of England. Tomorrow Building makes inventive use of many raw materials to create an industrial aesthetic while informing a practical, flexible office environment. Alongside the other buildings recognised at this year’s awards, Tomorrow Building sets a standard of quality for future projects around the UK.”

Other workplaces across the North that also received recognition include The Old Post Office in Newcastle which was awarded Best Refurbished and Recycled Workplace, and Wrexham’s Moneypenny which was named Best Corporate Workplace. In Leeds, Concordia Works gained the award for Projects up to 1,500m², KPMG won the award for Best Fit Out of a Workplace and Sky Digital Centre of Excellence was presented with the BCO Innovation Award.

This is the 14th year that the Regional Awards have been presented locally in the north, celebrating excellence in office space regionally, before all winners go on to compete at a national level at the National Awards in October.