Architects Faulkner Browns have scooped one of their biggest awards to date after helping to create the best and most innovate workplace in the UK, according to the British Council for offices.
A team at the Newcastle-based company designed Number One Riverside – Rochdale’s flagship customer service centre, office and library building.
Photos and CGIs of the project show off the light and contemporary development, which has now been acknowledged as the National Corporate Workplace of the Year and also the Best of the Best at the British Council for Offices Awards Dinner, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Added to the seven previous awards and commendations which this building has received, Number One Riverside is one of, if not the, most honoured of FaulknerBrowns’ buildings for design quality.
Steve McIntyre, the partner who led the FaulknerBrowns design team, said: “These two awards are a fantastic achievement for us. They recognise the huge effort which both the client and design teams made to deliver an amazing town centre regeneration project for Rochdale Borough Council which combines efficiency with a truly flexible working environment.
“The British Council for Offices’s (BCO) Best of the Best Award is, in my view, the most prestigious and coveted accolade to achieve within the office sector – it is their Oscars and we are thrilled to have been honoured in this way.”
The BCO judges were glowing in their praise. Awards chairman Tim Robinson said: “Number One Riverside is a true catalyst that will facilitate the transformation and regeneration of the borough of Rochdale. This project united the judges in its success and importance as a focal point for Rochdale.”
Mark Widdup, director of economy and environment at Rochdale Council added: “Number One Riverside is providing excellent facilities for our customers and residents, and flexible space for council staff and partners. We had a fantastic team working on this project with the best of the public and private sector working together to create something really special.”