BDP – Highly Commended
The judges were impressed with how BDP had researched the industrial heritage of the Gas Works, which was originally located on First Street, and used this to influence their design.
An innovative breakout space – the ‘Circular Drum’, which echoes the iconic gasometers that once existed, were particularly striking. This flexible space with floor heating also ensures temperatures can be controlled in this room all year round.
BroomeJenkins – Highly Commended
The judges felt this winter garden exemplified how to create a shared amenity that can support work activity whilst creating a connection with nature.
The movable cloud screens in the windows are a clever solution not only for visual impact, from both outside and inside the building, but also an innovative way to adjust how light enters and to create shading when required.
The judges agreed this project was ambitious, aspirational and visually stunning, incorporating clever influences from Manchester’s rivers and cotton heritage. The use of dramatic water columns not only provided visual impact but also the source of recyclable water to maintain the planting.
The judges liked the clever use of colour and lighting on this design, which they felt would create a striking impact from the outside looking in. The design provided a flexible solution that offered areas for quiet, recuperation time as well as social gatherings.
The judges felt this was an extremely playful, fun design in keeping with the ‘tech rebels at work’ the design was targeting. They felt aspects such as the climbing wall/secret room would appeal to younger more creative businesses and assist with recruitment and staff retention.