PRESIDENT'S AWARD

In BCO's year of the occupier it is fitting that Roger Reeves, one of the office world's most distinguished occupier representatives, is recipient of the 2011 BCO President's Award. The partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is an accountant by training and brings an exceptionally thorough understanding of numbers to property issues but never loses sight of the need to create superb environments and the overall concept of value.

The BCO Past President (2004) is held in high esteem by all of those he works with, is always at the forefront of considered debate and is an outstanding ambassador for the office occupier community and the wider property community. With responsibility for infrastructure and procurement, Reeves said: "We know PwC has significant buying power and that brings responsibility too. We work hard to incorporate not only economic but social and environmental considerations into the purchasing decisions we make. In the current economic climate cost is important, but we will not compromise our sustainability objectives in our selection of goods or services."

By delivering the UK's first BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating at PwC's new More London building, Reeves and his talented team have tangibly delivered on this public statement. The 48,000m² 'office hotel' on the South Bank of the Thames has raised the quality threshold in levels of workspace provision; a level that PwC's Cornwall Court, in Birmingham, 2004 BCO Best of the Best winner, did much to raise in the first place.

"With the design process we had the opportunity, to take a blank sheet of paper and raise the bar, both for ourselves and others, in the environmental and sustainability performance of office buildings. Planning for the sustainable use of resources, in detail and right through the process, can make good business sense." said Reeves regarding More London.

The chairman of the BCO's 2003 Barcelona Conference has ensured that PwC consistently stays ahead of the pack on a global basis. A large and complex business such as PwC needs office buildings which meet its ever-changing requirements; Reeves and his team have ensured that this has always been the case.

It is unusual for an accountant to be seen so widely as a leader in the property world but the PwC team has always generously shared their thinking with the BCO. The BCO's mantra of 'defining excellence in office space' is reflected through the best practice guides to specification and fit out: Sharing experience, learning and wisdom gives these guides a unique status in the market place and would be impossible to produce without contributions from the biggest players such as PwC.

The Past President of the City Property Associationhas combined business management skills and an enthusiasm for the built environment in a number of different roles; as a consultant project manager for major public sector projects, in retail development with the Burton Group and as a director of Seifert international architects and engineers. After joining Coopers & Lybrand in 1985 Reeves pioneered new ways of working, restructured business support operations and led the planning and provision of premises.

Receipt of the BCO's President Award is a rare honour and for Roger Reeves it is most richly deserved. Reeves, his team and PwC have given a great deal to the BCO over the years and we are delighted to be able to give something back.