Commercial development, Soapworks, has won the title of Recycled/Refurbished Workplace at the British Council for Offices (BCO) North West, Northern Ireland and Wales Awards.
The iconic development was recognised for its innovative design and remarkable commitment to ensuring that the historic elements of original building remained throughout the regeneration of the former Colgate Palmolive Factory.
Soapworks was commended as a highly desirable workplace destination when the development was awarded Regional Deal of the Year at last year’s MIPIM UK awards, in recognition of its landmark agreement with broadband provider TalkTalk.
The national telecommunications business took 106,000 sq ft on a 15-year lease, making it the largest letting of speculative office space in Greater Manchester in 2015.
The letting was secured by global alternative asset manger The Carlyle Group and its joint venture partners Nikal and Abstract Securities. Soapworks is now 90 percent let, after securing other significant lettings with The Home Office and global engineering firm MWH Global Ltd.
Judging Chairman, Andrew Woodhouse of Mott MacDonald, said: “The winners of the BCO Northern Awards are all ambitious projects that have been hand-picked from a selection of top quality entries. Entries were judged on a range of different factors including flexibility, sustainable construction, architectural flair and above all their effectiveness as a workplace. All winners should be proud to emerge as one of the best workspaces in the region.”
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented: “This year’s awards are testament to the quality and distinction of new office development in the North of England. The Soapworks is a brilliant example of a unique and ambitious regeneration project, moments from the heart of the city. Alongside the other buildings recognised at this year’s awards, the Soapworks sets a standard for future projects around the UK.”
Ben DuBoulay, director at The Carlyle Group, said of the win: “Soapworks’ award winning design is testament to the unique vision of shedkm. The team’s understanding of how to utilise the building’s original features to create a magnetic place to work is worth celebrating, and we are thrilled to have won Recycled/Refurbished Workplace at the BCO Awards.
“The success of Soapworks is owed to our team’s hard work, and demonstrates how being creative and ambitious with new regeneration projects can create new and innovative working environments in the North West.”