The winners of the BCO NextGen Workplace Competition 2017 are…



Annabel Koeck, Grimshaw

Amelia Maxwell, Lend Lease

Laura Hannigan, AKTII

Jennifer Barnes, Future City

88mph propose ‘The Dynamo’, an adaptive reuse of an existing terrace of Victorian housing in London as the headquarters for a major energy company. The concept retains the existing façades and incorporates reconfigurable interior space, service cores plugged into the back of the building as an ‘energy backpack’, and facilities including a rooftop garden with staff allotments, a performance space and a meditation garden. The design responds to a future with increased transport connectivity across the UK: the company’s facilities are accordingly dispersed more widely throughout the country, but they retain a physical presence in the capital that is flexible and open to future changes.


And the runners up are…


Four Future

Michelle Wilkie, tp bennett

Nicola Matthews, tp bennett

Chris Campbell, Norman Disney Young

Michael Stanton, Honest brand

Four Future propose ‘The Nest’, set on the Greenwich peninsula surrounding the O2 arena. A public meadow is placed over the top of the existing arena and surrounded by ‘nest’ buildings. The form of these is based on the triple helix, with three occupiers (government, business and university) each occupying a third of the space, stacked in sequence around a central atrium. ‘Garden pods’ at the building’s edge incorporate biophilic design principles and offer access to nature, and a ramp wraps around the exterior of the building, allowing access via a variety of means to all levels.



Borja Marcaida, Sheppard Robson

Tom Place, Arup

Craig Chatley, Gardiner & Theobald

Maxwell Ikin, Cundall

GTASC propose ‘Network Space 2035’, a flexible network of working environments. Their central London site, close to the Barbican, the square mile and Farringdon Crossrail, incorporates a ‘Central Hub’ building which will be inhabited by multiple tenants alongside education, public, health and hospitality facilities. Community incubators, remotely connected to the hub, provide alternative working environments and platforms for start-up companies. The building form is adaptable, allowing the creation or reduction of space depending on future needs and uses.



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About the BCO

The British Council for Offices’ (BCO’s) mission is to research, develop and communicate best practice in all aspects of the office sector. It delivers this by providing a forum for the discussion and debate of relevant issues.

Its members are all organisations involved in creating, acquiring or occupying office space, whether architects, lawyers, surveyors, financial institutions or public agencies. The BCO works to advance the collective understanding of its members, enabling them to work together to create more effective office space.

About the BCO NextGen competition

BCO NextGen aims to mentor and encourage the next generation of professionals to become future leaders of the British Council for Offices (BCO) whilst providing a platform for new talent to share their ideas. Its role is to challenge, provide, and create ideas from the newest talent in the industry.

As part of a wider evolution of BCO NextGen, an industry-wide competition was launched in May 2017, seeking participation from teams of talented young professionals from all areas of the industry.

Teams had until 6 October 2017 to submit to the competition, the brief for which asked teams to consider ‘the office of 2035: what will it look like, and how will it support the way we will work?’

As part of the competition process, teams were invited to attend ‘hackathons’ and mentoring sessions to receive guidance and feedback from leading figures in the industry.

The final results of the competition will be announced at the BCO NextGen Awards dinner on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The winning team will receive an invitation to attend the 2018 BCO Conference in Berlin. This will include tickets to all conference events, flights from the UK only, hotel accommodation, and a financial contribution towards transfers and subsistence. The runner-up teams will each receive an invitation to an exclusive private dinner hosted by two key industry figures.

About Malcolm Reading Consultants

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) is a strategic consultancy that helps clients to imagine and define contemporary environments, both built and natural. MRC is the leading specialist in devising and managing design competitions internationally. MRC believes in the power of design to create new perceptions and act as an inspiration.

Recent work includes competitions for the Illuminated River Foundation; the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial; Science Island, Kaunas; Adelaide Contemporary; Tintagel Castle Bridge; the Mumbai City Museum; and new buildings for New College, Oxford and Homerton College, Cambridge.

MRC is currently running an ideas competition on behalf of the National Infrastructure Commission, and is working with the British Library to establish the Design Brief for the major northern development of its St. Pancras site.