Published on 04/10/19

Colmore Business District’s Cornerblock Building

Colmore Business District’s Cornerblock building was named among the best workplaces in the country at the British Council for Offices (BCO) annual National Awards after being awarded Highly Commended in the Commercial Workplace category.

The BCO’s respected National Awards programme recognises top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK. The dinner attracted over 1,200 key players from the office industry sector to celebrate the best-in-class talent as the winners from the 2019 Regional Awards programme attended Grosvenor House, hoping to take home the National Award for their category.

The Cornerblock project transformed what was an obsolete 1980s building, stripping it back to its core to deliver a contemporary workplace with external brickwork and extensive amenities. Structural invention also allowed an increase in overall floorspace by 20 per cent, this extra space has enabled the building to invite the outside in to add vibrancy and life to the formerly worn-out site.
Rob van Zyl, building services partner at Cundall and chair of the Midlands & Central England judging panel, said: “The Midlands office market is thriving, and it is a privilege to see exciting commercial work such as Cornerblock being celebrated nationally.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, added: “The standard of nominees at our National Awards astounds me each year. Each year, I believe we genuinely see the best of our sector redefine what best practise looks like.”