Number One, Kirkstall Forge has been recognised with five awards so far this year, including the Property Week inaugural ‘Property Wellbeing’ award beating off tough competition from half a dozen prestigious London West End developments. Regionally Number One has also scooped the British Council of Offices ‘Commercial Workplace’ award and the RICS Yorkshire and Humber ‘Commercial’ award as well as the national Office Agents Society Development Awards ‘Best New Build outside Central London’ award against extremely high quality schemes. Number One will now compete as a category winner at the BCO and RICS national awards.
The awards highlight that Number One can not only compete alongside London based and national schemes with greater budgets but that the design, specification and occupier benefits make it a worthy award winner in these highly competitive shortlists.
Rather than simply playing lip service to industry buzz words such as ‘wellbeing’ and ‘sustainability’ Number One has been visited by 3 different judging panels who have seen both of these concepts in action. Healthy buildings are crucial for employers to attract and retain the best talent and the judges ‘praised the way in which the building’s design pulls the outside in, creating a modern office which makes the most of its truly inspiring location’. Judges also commended the project team who have ‘delivered an innovative and striking workspace that not only works for people as well as the environment, but also promotes sustainable travel.’
The awards consequently elevate the profile of the offices, attracting new employees to the businesses based here and recognising at a national level, the value of the office offer at Kirkstall Forge.
Property Week ‘Property Wellbeing’ winners
The award sought an exemplar building, project or initiative that has raised the bar in terms of the well-being of its occupiers, as well as demonstrating ground-breaking sustainability credentials. Number One excelled both in its terms of health and wellbeing initiatives and the investment into the community through the Forging Futures Campus.
Nick Lee, head of commercial development at CEG, explains: “These awards are incredibly hard to win and we were up against some very challenging competition. This accolade is a real team effort with all of our contractors proving their delivery of health and wellbeing objectives.
“Everything from its design and build, to its setting and sustainable travel offer are conceived to make the building’s occupants happier and healthier; which in turn has a positive impact on productivity. This building truly is different by design.”
British Council of Offices – Northern Awards ‘Commercial Workplace’ winners
Number One Kirkstall Forge secured the north of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland regional award putting the development into the national shortlist against the White Collar Factory in London. The judging panel were impressed by the innovative and striking workspace, admiring the way in which the building promotes the environment and sustainable travel.
Jon Kenny, development director of CEG, said: “This award is a credit to the team. Architect Cooper Cromar responded to the challenge of setting a new context on this historic site; helping us achieve the highest quality of workspace, technical specification and maximising space, light and the greenery offered by this setting.”
RICS Yorkshire and the Humber ‘Commercial Award’ winners
This award honours an outstanding commercial property development and the judges were looking for evidence of a commercially successful project. They commented that Number One was an ‘innovative and striking workspace’ with an emphasis on wellbeing ‘that not only works for people as well as the environment, but also promotes sustainable travel.’ Number One will now compete against the other regional winners in the Commercial category at the ‘Grand Final’ RICS awards in November.
Office Agents Society Development Awards – Best New Build Outside Central London
At these national awards, Number One was praised by the judges as ‘the stand out winner in an exceptionally high calibre category’ and noted that they were ‘particularly impressed by the mix of uses, level of amenity and the striking architecture which has created a fine landmark for this historic site.’
Plants at Work – Gold Leaf Award Winners
These awards celebrating interior landscape excellence saw Number One recognised with a Gold Leaf Award in partnership with Urban Planters Franchise for the urban planting in Butler’s and Number One in the category of Design & Installation over £10,000.
Yorkshire Property Awards 2017 – ‘Commercial Developer of the Year’
At the Insider Yorkshire Property Awards 2017, we were delighted to beat off stiff competition to be awarded ‘Commercial Developer of the Year’ for our Kirkstall Forge project and developments in the Yorkshire region. The judges said ‘CEG is doing some amazing stuff, and what it has achieved at Kirkstall Forge in particular is phenomenal’. We were also shortlisted for ‘Commercial Property Deal of the Year’ for securing the pre-let to Zenith of 45,000 sq ft of office space in Number One, Kirkstall Forge.
Yorkshire Property Awards 2017 – ‘Property Deal of the Year’
We won the ‘Property Deal of the Year’ for the Zenith pre-let deal that was negotiated by Fox Lloyd Jones. Zenith have since taken additional floor space at Number One and they now occupy 63,500 sq ft of the 110,000 Grade A flagship building. We were also shortlisted for ‘Innovation of the Year’ for the onsite skills campus initiative ‘Forging Futures Campus’ in collaboration with Leeds College of Building, Leeds City Council and Wates Construction.
Yorkshire Property Awards 2016 – ‘Game Changer’ award
At these awards we were thrilled to walk away with the ‘Game Changer’ award for the proposals and vision set out for Kirkstall Forge. The Game Changer Award looks at projects or deals which have had a material effect on the surrounding environment or on the market, which are widely recognised (in the property sector) as worthy of praise and which show excellence in conception, design and execution.
National Planning Awards
We were delighted to win at the National Planning Awards in our category for the ‘Best Mixed-Use Development’ at the awards, with the judges saying they loved the scheme’s scale, ambition, partnership and environmental values.