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Winner National and Scotland
Scottish Gas HQ, Number One Waterfront Avenue, Edinburgh

Rutland Building

Client

SecondSite Property

Architect

Fosters and Partners

Fit-out & base build

Fosters and Partners

Structural Engineer

Whiye Young Green

Quantity Surveyor

Davis Langdon, Mott Green Wall

Main Contractor

Exterior International

Environmental Consultant

Battle McCarthy

M & E Consultant

Battle McCarthy

Landscape Architect

Hyland Edgar Driver

Fire Consultant

Edinburgh Fire Consultancy

Acoustic Consultant

Sandy Brown Associates

Audio-Visual Consultant

Hewshott Media

Catering Consultant

Berkeley Projects UK


Call centres are not renowned for their beauty or friendliness. Low cost generally means low-quality location. But Foster and Partners has broken all these rules with their Scottish Gas development.

The client seemed to ask the impossible - something that looked like a high-quality HQ but performed like a cheap and durable, high-use customer centre. It has not been disappointed.

The site is spectacular, with panoramic views of the Forth Bridge and Edinburgh Castle. Fosters has made sure not to compromise that quality, producing something clever, dramatic and delicate.

A very simple brise soleil of thin metal strips disguises the fact that this is essentially a glass box, created as the first building in a business park. These strips cut solar gain but avoid compromising the setting and blocking views.

The judges liked the way the strips delicately enclose the entrance, giving a strong sense of place and setting. The stepped atrium is also clever. Fosters believe they have 'reinvented customer contact centres for the 21st century'. The question is whether others are willing to follow that lead.


Winner North of England, North Wales & Northern Ireland
Whitehall II, 2 Whitehall Road, Leeds

Whitehall

Client

Britannia Invest

Architect

Aedas AHR Architect

Services Engineer

Furness Green

Developer

Miller Gregory

Structural Engineer

WSP North

Quantity Surveyor

Leonard Stace Project Management

Main Contractor

Miller Construction (UK)


This is the final element in a regeneration west of Leeds City station master planned by Aedas. The task wasn't easy. The layout had to work around huge concrete blocks from a former power station. Approaching from City Square or the river gives the impression of a front entrance, yet the door is actually to the side. Once inside, the well-articulated, clean, double-storey entrance gives a strong sense of arrival and the elevation is complicated and distinctive, providing good aspect to the city and river.


Winner South of England & South Wales
242-252 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire

Slough Estates

Client

Slough Estates

Design & Construction

Slough Estates

Services Engineer

IEI

Structural Engineer

John Tooke & Partners

Property Agents

CB Richard Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle


If John Betjeman had seen this he might have adjusted his famous poem to: 'Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough - but not this part.' The low cost of these three buildings has not stifled creativity. These are straightforward, timeless designs - calm, intelligent and timeless, with good materials and a beautifully landscaped courtyard that lifts the location. Externally, it's inspiring and rigorously detailed. If only all business parks could display such integrity of design.


Winner Midlands & East Anglia
35 Homer Road, Solihull

Secondsite Property

Client

SecondSite Property Holdings

Architect

Foggo Associates

Engineer

Foggo Associates

Cost Consultant

Foggo Associates

Tenant

National Grid Transco

Construction Manager

Bovis Lend Lease

Planning Consultant

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Landscape Consultant

Hyland Edgar Driver


Some of the greenest buildings are those commissioned by energy providers and this one for Transco is no exception. The brief was to provide an efficient, flexible and high-quality building in the centre of Solihull. The end result is a slick and modern pavilion. The former British Gas site is well located for public transport, and the impact of parking is minimised by 'floating' the building over the sloping site to hide cars in an undercroft. This also contributes to the community by opening to the public on weekends.


Winner London
1 More London Place

1 more

Architect

Foster & Partners

Developer

More London Development

Structural Engineer

Arup

Main Contractor

McAlpine/Mace joint venture

Cost Consultant

EC Harris

Services Cost Consultant

Mott Green Wall

Building Services

Roger Preston & Partners


Some buildings stick up two fingers at their surroundings but the new Ernst & Young HQ on London's South Bank does exactly that in a civilised way.

The sheer bulk of a 36,000sq m block would have been intimidating, so Foster and Partners broke it down into what they call two fingers of a 'hand' which guides thousands of visitors gently across the site to the river. E&Y needed a light, airy building suiting a new culture of openness and the 11-story atrium, criss-crossed by bridges ensures that every staff desk is daylit.


Commended Avondale House, Stratchclyde Business Park, Bellshill

Strathclyde Business Park

Client

Strathclyde Business Park Developments

Project Manager

Capita Symonds Project Management

Services Consultant

Wallace Whittle

Quantity Surveyor

Muirheads

Main Contractor

AWG Construction Services

Landscape Architect

Christopher Palmer Associates

Engineer

Woolgar Hunter



Commended The Rutland Building, Rutland Square, Edinburgh

Rutland Building

Architect

Patience & Highmore

Structural Engineer

Will Rudd Davison

Principal Contractor

Lilley Construction

Quantity Surveyor

Thomas & Adamson

Planning Consultant

Thomas & Adamson

Employer's Agent

Thomas & Adamson

Services Engineer

Hulley & Kirkwood



Commended Building 2020, Cambourne, Business Park, Cambridge

Building 2020

Developer

Development Securities

Architect

Aukett

Project Manager

Development Securities and Wrenbridge Land

Quantity Surveyor

AYH

Employer's Agent

AYH

Development Partner

Wrenbridge Land

Funding Partner

Morley Fund Management

Marketing Consultant

Adventis Group

Infrastructure and Engineer

Pell Frishmann and Aukett

Building Services Engineer

Faber Maunsell

Transport Co-Ordinator

Lesley Scobell

Letting Agent

Atis Real Wetheralls & FDPSavills

Contractor

Alfred McAlpine