Newcastle firm scoops top architecture prize

FaulknerBrowns Architects are absolutely delighted to announce that Number One Riverside has 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. The judges commented:

BCO 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.’

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, added:

‘Each of the buildings recognised in this year’s National Awards represent the very best in visionary office design and functionality. They demonstrate how taking an occupier-centric approach can create innovative and efficient spaces that, as an industry, we can be very proud of.’

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, of which we are immensely proud. They believe that the new civic offices highlight the ways in which value can be created not only through the rationalisation of an estate, but through the delivery of high quality, aspirational workplaces, creative community spaces and through the impact which the building has already had, and will continue to have, in the regeneration of the town centre.

Mark Widdup, Director of Economy and Environment at Rochdale Council said,

“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 here in Rochdale. These two National BCO Awards recognise our continuing commitment to drive forward the regeneration of Rochdale town centre and the wider borough and I hope these awards catch the interest of potential investors and developers who will want to share in our ambition and our vision for the future.

Steve McIntyre, Partner who led the FaulknerBrowns design team, commented:

“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 BCO’s 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.”

Number One Riverside Awards and Commendation:

  • 2013 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Award – Building of the Year
  • 2013 Mixology Interior Design Awards – Public Sector Project of the Year
  • 2013 Concrete Society Awards – Building of the Year
  • 2014 Civic Trust Awards – Commendation
  • 2014 RIBA North West Regional Award
  • 2014 RICS North West Awards – Building Through Innovation
  • 2014 British Council for Offices Regional Awards – Corporate Workplace winner