AEW Architects has won the Corporate Workplace Award at the BCO Awards in Manchester on 5th April 2017 with their project Moneypenny, Wrexham. The awards programme provides public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces.
Designed by AEW, the new 91,000 sq ft head office was completed last year and has been said to rival the offices of Google and Apple and boasts a tree house meeting room, nature trails, vegetable gardens and even its own pub.
The brief for the project was to ignore the norm, rip up the rule book and create a space that inspires. The challenge was to create a happy workplace on a budget, and the achievement is clear for all to see. This project demonstrates that bespoke design does not necessarily have to be expensive.
Director Andy Rainford said “From a design perspective, the BCO awards are the ultimate measure of quality for office buildings. We were very lucky to be given the chance by Ed and the team at Moneypenny to bring their ideas and vision to life and we are extremely proud to have been part of the team. The award, which is a recognition of everyone involved, is the icing on the cake and we look forward to the National Awards in October.”
The Award judging panel commented “Despite working within a tight budget, this building succeeds in setting a benchmark for the telecoms industry. Design touches, such as a tree house, demonstrate how fun can be functional, and that this spacious office has the wellbeing of the Moneypenny team at its heart. The judges loved the inclusive and collaborative spirit that shines through in every detail, right down to giving staff vouchers to decorate their own desks.”
Following success at the regional awards, the project will be entered into the national BCO awards which will take place in October 2017.
The judges also noted that the offices and atrium benefit from a large amount of natural light through large picture windows and skylights, with this supplemented by a state of the art Dali lighting system controlled by the Building Management System. The judges concluded how the internal and external design demonstrates how fun can be functional, and how clever design can achieve a spacious feel whilst maintaining highly efficient floor plates.
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. With Moneypenny, it is clear that the welfare of the workforce was at the heart of the approach and end product, and this focus has led to the innovative and cost effective design of numerous social spaces. Alongside the other buildings recognised at this year’s awards, Moneypenny sets a high standard of quality for future projects around the UK.”
The project team included Pochin’s Ltd, Hatrick Property as Development Director, Avid Property Consultants, Cundall, CW Studio and Todd and Ledson.