Sweco Secures Two Nominations For National British Council Of Offices (BCO) Awards


Sweco Secures Two Nominations For National British Council Of Offices (BCO) Awards

19 August 2019
Engineering and design consultancy Sweco has been shortlisted in two categories at the 2019 British Council of Offices (BCO) National Awards for its work at Manchester’s No. 1 Spinningfields, after two wins at the BCO Northern awards earlier this year.

The BCO Awards, held annually, recognise excellence in office space design.

No. 1 Spinningfields, located at 1 Hardman Street, has been shortlisted in the national ‘Commercial workplace’ category after winning the same award in the North of England heat.

Sweco provided building services for the base build of the development, which features Category A office space, along with dining and retail space, over 270,000 square feet of net internal area.

The building includes a number of features designed to improve its sustainability and boost occupant wellbeing. These include an enhanced level of fresh air ventilation and a fully-glazed façade – designed with support from Sweco’s team – that provides high internal daylighting while supporting the building’s energy efficiency, using 23 different types of glazing to balance heat gain and light.

The optimised façade, combined with the use of measures such as low energy lighting and heat recovery efficiency systems, has helped No. 1 Spinningfields reduce its carbon emissions and energy consumption to 26% below the levels required by relevant building regulations. The structure was awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in recognition of its sustainability credentials.

Meanwhile, PwC’s Manchester office within No. 1 Spinningfields has been shortlisted for the national ‘Fit Out of Workplace’ category after success in the regional heats.

Sweco again provided building services for the office, with the BCO judges suggesting the project ‘be used as a blueprint for the future’.

The offices were designed with the aim of supporting a shift in PwC’s workplace culture, encouraging flexible working and fostering greater cross-team collaboration.

The design features moveable partitions that allow spaces to be easily reconfigured, and a wide staircase connecting levels five and six. The staircase helps enhance connectivity between the office’s two main working floors, and provides a multifunctional space used for purposes such as team presentations and for hosting community initiatives.

Geoffrey Palmer, Sweco’s director of buildings, said: “At Sweco, we’re committed to bringing our expertise and experience to bear to deliver high quality, attractive built environments that support their residents’ wellbeing and boast exceptional sustainability credentials.

“These two nominations are testament to the results that we, in collaboration with our partners, have achieved on these two projects.”

The winners of the 2019 BCO National Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London, on 1st October.