Faithful+Gould Birmingham Project Wins Top National Award

Dale Potts
Project and cost management consultant Faithful+Gould’s key role in a Birmingham office refurbishment has been rewarded with a top national award from the British Council for Offices.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) building at Cornwall Court, in Cornwall Street, central Birmingham won the top award of 'Best of the Best' title, as well as the National and Regional awards for Fit-out Workplace, at the annual awards presentation dinner of the British Council for Offices (BCO).

The fit-out of Cornwall Court transformed a dark and uninspiring 1980s office block into 'an inspirational workplace which enables flexible working', according to the award judges.

Faithful+Gould’s appointment included project management, quantity surveying and planning supervision services for the scheme, which involved an initial three month strategic briefing and design period followed by a seven-month phased fit out.

The refurbishment of the 7,255 sq m space involved full fit-out from the ground floor through to the third floor. Faithful+Gould project manager Vaughan Bridges said: “The building was occupied by PwC staff for the duration of the building work, with the first phase being completed in a fast-track programme over just five weeks.

PwC actively promotes dynamic working practices, supported by various initiatives including a 'great place to work' philosophy and 'connected thinking' initiative, promoting connections for better business development. This project has been used to establish new, flexible and connected working practices across the entire Midlands region.

Judges described the completed scheme as 'a distinctive and appealing workplace that has injected new life into a tired building. The result is a sparkling environment full of delight and style, a great stimulation to staff working in the building’. Meeting/conference rooms and touchdown spaces are complemented by a suite controlled by a concierge, providing services ranging from centralised filing to restaurant bookings, dry cleaning and even storage for dinner jackets.

The BCO national award represents a 'double success' for Faithful+Gould which was recently named Quantity Surveying Practice Of The Year in the Builder & Engineer Magazine Awards 2004. The main project assessed for that award was Argent’s 1 Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, a development headed by a team of quantity surveyors from Faithful+Gould’s Birmingham office. The same team was also responsible for Argent’s prestigious Brindleyplace development, at the heart of Birmingham’s regeneration.

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