103 Colmore Row Scoops Outstanding Workplace Award

24 May 2023

The Midlands and Central England’s most outstanding workplaces have been announced with 103 Colmore Row the winner of the Commercial Workplace of the year.

Held at the ICC in Birmingham, the British Council for Offices’ annual Midlands and Central Awards Lunch recognised projects that demonstrate best practice in office design, fit-out, operation and sustainability, setting the standard for excellence across the sector.
The winners of this year’s competition in the Midlands and Central England stand out for their user-centred design credentials, as well as their creative implementation of wellbeing and sustainability measures. 

This year has seen the addition of a new prize – the ESG Award – recognising a workplace that will have a game changing influence on the environment, social value, governance or sustainable outcomes in the commercial building sector.

103 Colmore Row in Birmingham was crowned Best Commercial Workplace after the judges were struck by the respectful way in which this ambitious 26-storey development has changed the city’s skyline without dominating the conservation area in which it lies.

The predominately glazed façade allows 103 Colmore Row to reflect the streetscape around it, while the muted palette of grey and black finishes gives the building a classic, timeless feel.

A dramatic entrance art gallery, roof terrace and restaurant provide amenities for tenants and visitors alike, with stunning views. The judging panel commended the project for its bravery and success, with more than 80% of the building let or under offer.

Lee Jones, Partner at Quantem and Chair of the BCO Midlands and Central Judging Panel, said: “The calibre of this year’s awards has pushed the boundaries of workplace design. The emphasis on carbon reduction, decrease of fossil fuel use and a true focus on the health and wellbeing of all who use workplaces has been outstanding.”


The BCO Regional Award winners for the Midlands and Central England:

TJX Watford Campus, 73 Clarendon Rd, Watford (Corporate Workplace)

103 Colmore Row, Birmingham (Commercial Workplace)

Roku HQ, 2 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge (Fit Out of Workplace)

Sycamore House, 2 Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage (Refurbished/Recycled Workplace)

Cadent Gas, Ansty Park, Pilot Way, Coventry (ESG)


Midlands and Central England winners will compete for the BCO National Awards on Tuesday 3 October 2023.