At the UK Property Awards 2017, an event first established in 1995 which aims to “celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry”, London-based architectural firm Aukett Swanke had quite the successful night, picking up dual-honours for their work on the Verde SW1 development in London Victoria, completed on behalf of Tishman Speyer.

The development won the categories of ‘Best Office Development’ and ‘Best Office Architecture’ at the awards ceremony, held at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel, receiving praise from the varied panel of expert judges which included individuals ranging from Earls and Lords to Company Directors, Architects and Interior Designers, among others.

Verde SW1, which was redeveloped from the former Eland House and now provides 282,000sq ft of grade-A office space for tenants including Dimension Data, Pret A Manger and Waitrose, was recognised for its appealing features both aesthetic and functional, such as a “dramatic” triple-height reception area, 20,000sq ft of rooftop gardens and a dedicated cycle access ramp.

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As well as the development’s more-visual appeal, it was also praised for its eco-friendly credentials; as evidenced by the building’s BREEAM-certified ‘Excellent’ rating. The development’s environmental impact was further lessened by the fact that Aukett Swanke managed to retain 80% of the existing structure and save 11,600 tonnes or carbon in the process.

The above factors reportedly all contributed to the success in letting the building, with occupancy now approaching 90%.

“It gives us enormous pleasure to report on the plaudits from our peers for the work being produced within our studio for yet another major building in the West End, this time for Tishman Speyer,” said Aukett Swanke group CEO Nicholas Thompson.

“Its appeal to occupiers follows in the footsteps of another recent completion with the Adelphi Building for Blackstone having achieved 100 % occupancy just over one month ago.”

Dan Nicholson, managing director of Tishman Speyer UK, also commented, “This accolade is recognition of the role Verde SW1 is playing in transforming Victoria.

“The building continues to attract tenants and we recently announced two new leases with Dimension Data and TP ICAP, bringing occupancy in the building to 86%.”

Sam Bonson

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