CHAIRMAN'S OVERVIEW

The BCO Awards justify their premier status in part because of the quality of entries but equally due to a judging process that looks beyond the architectural merit to function and fitness for purpose.

For the first time this year, each of the regional chapters have hosted an awards presentation in their own right to celebrate the very best local output of our sector. It also signifies an increase in the time and effort from judges and organisers whose endeavours continue to underpin all of the important work to deliver the BCO Awards.

2009 is marked by superlatives. Record submissions in all categories totalling 147 buildings, demonstrating the value placed on the BCO Awards. This year's winners illustrate the ever-increasing quality of offices across the board. This year's entrants are a vintage crop, and many of the winners from across the categories are so outstanding that they could have been named 'Best of the Best' in any other year. The level of innovation and ingenuity that we have seen this year gives my fellow judges an I great confidence that the office sector will emerge from the downturn stronger and more resourceful than ever.

John Forrester, DTZ
BCO Awards Chairman

Click here to find out more about the National Awards Dinner 2009.