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A recent development of The Old Post Office in Newcastle has won awards for its innovative and flexible design. Now home to construction firm NBS, the Grade II building underwent a £5.8 million make-over, making it one of the coolest and best offices to work in in the North.

Located on St Nicholas Street, the Old Post Office was the cities treasure of 19th-century development, but the regeneration and refurbishment has landed the new office building ‘Best Refurbished and Recycled Workplace’ at The Northern Awards Dinner of the British Council for Offices (BCO) Awards.

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Judges at the awards recognised the design of the new development as performing highly in having a flexible layout, specifically praising the reception area which showcases full views of the double height ground floor office, and communal meeting and working areas in the new café.

Local designers Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall Ltd. (JDDK Architects) are the genius behind the development, with fellow city firm Surgo appointed to the refurbishment also.  

Andrew Woodhouse of Mott MacDonald, chairman of the judging panel said: “This year’s BCO Northern Award winners are testament to the high standard demanded by occupiers, developers and suppliers of office space in the UK.

“The winners were hand selected from a strong group of entrants, and judged on an array of criteria including flexibility, sustainability, architectural flair and above all their effectiveness as a workplace. In a region of such calibre, each victor should be proud to be among the best.”

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Chief Executive of the British Council for Offices Richard Kauntze commented on the development: “The Old Post Office has been afforded a new life through an ingenious refurbishment, making it fit for the digitally focused organisation it now houses. Alongside the other buildings recognised at this year’s awards, The Old Post Office sets a standard of quality for future projects around the UK.”

In October, The Old Post Office will compete at the National Awards.


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