The Midlands and Central England’s most outstanding workplaces have been announced, with 103 Colmore Row crowned ‘Best Commercial Workplace’ at the British Council for Offices (BCO) Awards 2023.
Held at ICC in Birmingham, the BCO’s annual Midlands and Central Awards Lunch recognised projects that demonstrate best practice in office design, fit-out, operation and sustainability, setting the standard for excellence across the sector.
On awarding the prize to 103 Colmore Row, the judging panel commended the project for its bravery and success, with more than 80% of the building let or under offer.
The judges were “struck by the respectful way in which this ambitious 26-storey development has changed the city’s skyline without dominating the conservation area in which it lies”.
They added: “The predominately glazed façade allows 103 Colmore Row to reflect the streetscape around it, while the muted palette of grey and black finishes gives the building a classic, timeless feel. A dramatic entrance art gallery, roof terrace and restaurant provide amenities for tenants and visitors alike, with stunning views.”
Lee Jones, partner at Quantem and chair of the BCO Midlands and Central judging panel, said: “The calibre of this year’s awards has pushed the boundaries of workplace design. The emphasis on carbon reduction, decrease of fossil fuel use and a true focus on the health and wellbeing of all who use workplaces has been outstanding.”
James Howarth, managing director, Sterling Property Ventures, said: “The BCO is the industry benchmark for best-in-class office development and we are thrilled they have awarded 103 Colmore Row the Midlands and Central England’s ‘Best Commercial Workplace’.
“This project has been more than a decade in the making. We worked through both a pandemic and a financial crisis to deliver it but despite setbacks our focus was always on creating a landmark building its occupants – and the city of Birmingham – can be proud of.
“The feedback we have received about the building has been overwhelmingly positive, from both our occupiers and the general public. Having the endorsement of our peers at the BCO is the icing on the cake.”
James Brodie, managing director for portfolio and asset management at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “I’d like to thank the entire project team for all their work and commitment to deliver such a standout development. 103 Colmore Row is an exemplar building combining high-quality workspace, modern amenities and ESG credentials. We’re delighted to now call the building ‘award winning’.”
The Midlands and Central England winners will compete for the BCO National Awards on Tuesday 3 October 2023.