BCO award-winning WSP The Mailbox, Birmingham
BCO award-winning WSP The Mailbox, Birmingham

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Birmingham boasts four winners at BCO Awards

Cornerblock, Beazley Insurance, Ingenuity House and WSP The Mailbox have been recognised as four of the six best workplaces in the Midlands and Central England at the annual British Council for Offices’ (BCO) regional awards.

The BCO Awards programme recognises the highest quality developments in the UK and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.

Cornerblock was awarded Best Commercial Workplace. Launched last year by property group, Bruntwood, the BCO judges agreed the project has resulted in the complete transformation of a previously obsolete 1980s building, which now stands as one of Birmingham’s most exciting office spaces.

Beazley Insurance was awarded the best workplace in the Projects up to 1,500m² category. Based within the Cornerblock building, the global insurance firm has created an unexpected environment for its industry.

Ingenuity House, Interserve UK Hub received the award for Innovation. Located at Elmdon Trading Estate, Ingenuity House has successfully transformed Interserve’s way of working. The office brings together five distinct parts of the business, previously located across the region, into one healthy and inspirational working environment. T

WSP The Mailbox was awarded Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace. Engineering professional services giant WSP moved 700 people into its new headquarters last year, bringing together five separate regional offices. The design centred on the creation of “neighbourhoods”, with a mix of meeting spaces, booths and business lounges to decrease fixed desk space and create a single community.

Danny Parmar, business development manager at Overbury and chairman of the BCO Midlands & East Anglia committee added: “All four Birmingham award winners have delivered exemplary agile, sustainable and innovative office buildings, creating high-quality environments that have successfully catered for the diverse needs of the workforce.

“This year’s entries really aided collaboration and considered employee wellbeing. Our entrants provided compelling examples of how business can incorporate thoughtful space planning and biophilic design to create engaged workplaces and new ways of working. The BCO awards clearly reflect the strength of our local offices sector and the level of talent that is making the most of what our geographically and economically diverse region has to offer.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Martin Hicks .

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